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Read this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you. You will discover: The ancient survival instincts that drive body language Why the face is the least likely place to gauge a person's true feelings What thumbs, feet, and eyelids reveal about moods and motives The most powerful behaviors that reveal our confidence and true sentiments Simple nonverbals that instantly establish trust Simple nonverbals that instantly communicate authority
Filled with examples from Navarro's professional experience, this definitive book offers a powerful new way to navigate your world…
He says that's his best offer. Is it? She says she agrees. Does she? The interview went great—or did it? He said he'd never do it again. But he did.
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061438294
- ISBN-13: 978-0061438295
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
Joe Navarro is VERY CAUTIOUS about accusing people of deceitfulness. He just lays out a case for observing symptoms of discomfort and pursuing lines of questioning.
Worth it’s weight in gold
I’m going to preface this review with the fact that I have Aspergers; So there’s a few social skills I have a natural difficulty with. For me these include things like reading body language, eye contact, determining if something is literal or figurative, etc.
Beware what you wish for if you get this book.
Beyond useful in all walks of life. The only warning I have for people, beware the literal power this book possesses. If you read it a section at a time and then look for that item, you will start to see how much people actually lie in general conversation.
If you were paying attention you would know this
Each of us, instinctively, look at the faces of people with which we converse. We also take a generalized wide field view of their body language. We decide friend or foe rather quickly, displeased or happy, the very general view of who we are encountering. We OBSERVE things like people rubbing their sweaty palms on their thighs or tapping their toes, or licking their lips, but those we just “see” without thinking about. After reading this book you will notice stuff like that and see if it applies, which means you are thinking which means you paid attention to the book. You will quickly identify every one of the “tells” in the book, in yourself and others, but now you will think about what you see.
Easy read and pictures are helpful
It’s ok, but like many of the reviewers here I would say the book covers very basic information so for those who don’t have a clue about body language (maybe high school students?) this is a good start. I bought the book to read on peer recommendation since I work with consumers. I had high expectations for this book and was a little disappointed. I’ve been in my profession for almost ten years, and employed for over 30 years. I didn’t just fall off the banana boat yesterday and, over the years, I have learned on my own just from being around people to read micro-expressions to know what people are really feeling, as well as decipher by the tone of someone’s voice (if I know them fairly well) they are lying. I do believe the author says at the end of the book even pro’s can be fooled, and I agree. Someone scratching the palms of their hands may or may not be nervous–maybe they have an allergy. What I do rely on is if someone can’t look me in the eye directly, that’s a tip off to me there’s a problem.
This a great book and very informative. I have learned a lot about body language from reading this book. I don’t know if it’s Joe Navarro trying to use big words or someone else, but it makes it difficult to understand some stuff that is being said. I have a fairly broad vocabulary, but it seems like they used a thesaurus to find the biggest words possible. An old English professor of mine once said “when writing, it is unnecessary to use big words when smaller words work just as well. It makes it difficult to reach various audiences.” I just wish they would have taken this advice, so it would have been easier. I have heard Joe Navarro in many videos, and I’ve never heard him using big words, so I don’t think he is the one responsible. Overall it is an excellent book if you would like to learn body language effectively.
Good, no-nonsense content with supplemental photos
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my son who is feeding is newer interest in psychology and counseling. My wife and I started reading it before we wrapped it up for him and enjoyed it, though we only spent about a half an hour with it. The content reminded me of how the TV series “Lie to Me” might have started.
I thought this book was a great read.
I just got this book 5 days ago and finished it. It’s such a smooth read!! I love the added images to emphasize and enforce concepts. Most of what’s in this book are things that most people overlook or have hunches on. Based on my own observations of people, I had ideas about what people felt, but now that I’ve read this book, I’m glad to know that my readings are validated! Joe goes through the feet/legs, to the torso, to arms, and facial expressions. At the end of the book, he summarizes it all with his own opinion when determining deception.