The Definitive Book of Body Language book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Available for the first time in the United St. aracer.mobi: The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning Behind People's Gestures and Expressions (): Barbara Pease. Allan and Barbara Pease are the internationally renowned experts in human relations and body language, whose 20 million book sales world- wide have turned.
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Want more on body language? Read The Definitive Book of Body Language Summary--we've put together 10 takeaways from the book. The Definitive Book of Body Language by Barbara Pease, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Available for the first time in the United States, this international bestseller reveals the secrets of nonverbal communication to give you confidence.
It provides techniques to learn how to read between the lines and interpret non-verbal cues correctly. The book stresses on the fact that human behavior must be observed in clusters, i.
Through the techniques outlined in this book, readers can also learn to recognize power plays, love signs, and deception. Interesting concepts like micro expressions, mirroring, arm positioning, and eye signals are also discussed.
The book was first published in , as a revision of the book, Body Language.
This particular edition of the book was published in He has co-authored most of his books with his wife, Barbara Pease. His writing usually revolves around the topics of body language, and the results of gender differences on human communication and behavior. He was born in Australia, and started working as a door-to-door salesman at the young age of By the time he turned 21, he had sold a million dollars worth of life insurance, becoming the youngest ever person in Australia to do so.
He went on to pursue a career in sales training and subsequently transitioned to the areas of communication skills and body language. She has authored several books and co-authored many books with her husband, Allan Pease. This shortcoming is the only thing that held me back from leaving 5-stars.
Skimming those sections was easy, and the book is well worth the read and the download price. View 2 comments. Jul 27, Gabriela rated it it was amazing.
Allan Pease and Barbara Pease apply their experience in medicine, biology and psychology to illustrate the workings of the brain and how this influences our body language. In the Definite Book Of Body Language, the authors show us how we can use our knowledge of the brain's functions to understand people's emotions and behaviors.
I have to say that neuropsychology and behavioral science have always fascinated me. There are many books out there about these topics.
But I found this one particularly Allan Pease and Barbara Pease apply their experience in medicine, biology and psychology to illustrate the workings of the brain and how this influences our body language. But I found this one particularly interesting as it covered real life examples which you could see yourself applying or identify body language behavior and what the other person in communicating.
The authors have used real life examples and offer various exercises that you can undertake to practice reading people's emotions and behaviors. I would recommend this one to everyone really. Whether you are interviewer, a manager, a teacher, businessperson, someone looking for a job, or for a partner, this book can help you understand other people's behavior and perhaps overcome communicational barriers. It does serve as a great premier especially if you are not entirely familiar with the psychology of body language.
This book was very difficult to rate. On one hand, it's a pretty comprehensive guide of human gestures and postures, aided in their understanding by suggestive illustrations.
On the other hand, I kept getting the feeling that the authors were trying really, really hard to sell me a commercial version of body language. Often, things were exaggeratedly emphasized in a clickbaity way and I would not have been surprised to see chapter titles such as: Searching for information about the authors, I see that neither of them is a psychologist or scientist of any kind.
They're just really, really good salespeople who've found their niche. That makes me a bit skeptical about the validity of the interpretations they offer. There are other clues that make me doubt the content. One is the studies cited at the end. The book often contained phrases such as "studies show" or "research says".
However, if I wanted to read about the study mentioned in chapter X, point Y, and flipped the pages to the end of the book, surprise! Instead of showing the research in the order it is cited, it is shown alphabetically. That means that I have to wade through a few hundred cited sources to see which applies and I am pretty sure this was done on purpose. The other objection I have with the studies is that most of them are from the 70s. The newest ones are from A few other things bothered me.
One was the "old gramps who's trying to be hip" cringe humor. The second was the outdated examples and references - it really shows that the book hasn't been edited for a newer audience, but is still stuck somewhere in the 80ss in mentality too.
Then there were the problems I had encountered in the previous body language book I had read, although to a lesser extent here. First, the book had a really strong emphasis on man vs man or man vs woman relationships. Second, there were very few references to woman vs woman relationships. What about female friends?
Is the notion that alien?
Third, all the interactions between men and women were interpreted in a sexual manner. What about the young man arguing with the old woman in the bus over the position of the window? I bet the authors would say that the opening and closing of the window is a suggestive sexual allusion or whatever. More so, women were seen as always submissive in their gestures in a man's presence. I'm not going to go into that. Fourth, men were also presented as some sort of primitive grunting beasts ready to jump at each other's throats OK, I am exaggerating, but the authors did seem to see them as very simplistic beings incapable of any kind of complex thoughts.
I find this particularly insulting.
All in all, this was another book I used as research for the series I am writing. The best thing about it is that a it's comprehensive there are even chapters about mirroring another person's body language or height differences or seating positions and b it has useful illustrations. I recommend it to other aspiring writers, just be careful to take it with a grain of salt. As a bonus, checking this book, I realize that my characters' body language has been pretty well-written, just too detailed and hard to follow at points.
Feb 07, Mary rated it liked it Recommended to Mary by: Mary Thorley and some blog? I rarely read every word of non-fiction books, but this is one of the rare exceptions.
It's not even particularly fascinating. But it is interesting enough to hold my attention without skipping or skimming over anything.
It wasn't awesome enough to go out and download, but it would be great to have around all the time for reference when the fancy strikes. I doubt I'll remember this stuff on my own as well as I'd like to.
I'm sure that for a few days at least, I'll be watching e I rarely read every word of non-fiction books, but this is one of the rare exceptions.
I'm sure that for a few days at least, I'll be watching everyone around me to try to guess their secret thoughts like a mind-reader, ha ha! Next step, rule the world! It appears from the descriptions in the book that I display some body language characterized by male dominance for those who don't know me, I am a smallish female. Has anyone I know noticed this about me? I personally had never noticed. Does it unnerve you as the book says it would? I wonder if they are learned behaviors that I picked up because most of my friends have been male through my adolescence and young adulthood.
I did not view myself as a dating option for them, but a social equal. Or am I simply more a more aggressive than average woman? Aug 03, Sanjay Gautam rated it it was ok. If you read one book of allan pease on body language, then you've read'em all. Its a book that contains all regular body positions and what can you learn from them.
Worth a one time read but can be used as a reference if you want to pry into someone's body language pattern. Nov 12, Beau Johnston rated it really liked it Shelves: I read and still have Allan Pease's original book Body Language. It is a fantastic insight into understanding the people around you. I highly recommend this book to martial artists and students of self defense classes, because Allan discusses topics your instructors allude to, but quickly pass over, because they don't have the time to cover this subject in depth.
Realistically, anyone who has to deal with people should read this book.
From a self defense point of view, it's easier to avoid trou I read and still have Allan Pease's original book Body Language. From a self defense point of view, it's easier to avoid trouble if you can read the people around you but it does take practice. I downloadd this revised edition a few years ago because it contained a lot of additional information.
While it would be impossible to remember everything discussed by the author, it is definitely worth your while to absorb as much of the information as you are able. View 1 comment. A very good book to read for those interested in body language. Too many examples and details are provided to help the reader understand everything.
Dec 11, Bernadette rated it it was ok. There were a few things I learned, but quite a bit of things I disagreed with. Examples are: Another example that truly disagree with is - if someone keeps you waiting - pull out some financial papers adn a calculator adn do calculations.
When they call for you say say "I'll be ready in a moment - I'll just finish these calculations" - what???? On the other hand, there were many things I agree with, just strongly disagree with some of their definitions and work arounds.
Unlikeable pair of pop-psychologists distill the complexity of human interaction down to a few sleazy sales-pitches. Poorly written, and self-contradictory. Stick with the experts: Readers also enjoyed. Self Help.