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Body Language: How to Read Others' Thoughts by Their Gestures Paperback – 1 Mar 1984

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press; 1st Sheridan Book Co. Edition edition (1 Mar. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859694062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859694063
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Pease is the world's foremost expert on body language and relationships. His acclaimed book Body Language has sold over 4 million copies, while his top rated TV series on the same subject has been seen by over 100 million people worldwide. He travels the world lecturing on human communication.

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A very good book..............Apt for deciphiring correct body language............5 stars for the book alone. --PRANNOY GHOSH Feb 25, 2014

Read this one really good.We can identify the people if you read this book by there gestures whehter they are interested or not or anthing. Allan pease gave detail for almost every gesture that we will see those in day today life. --Vamsi May 17, 2013

i read this book completely, Now i learn the basics of body language. Its good for beginners, just go for it --mohamed rashik Mar 16, 2015 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Allan Pease is Australia s body language expert, motivational speaker and author. In the 1980s, Allan was an analyst for political debates organized by Australian TV shows and he evaluated how the contenders would perform, by observing their body language. He has authored and co-authored books like: The Definitive Book of Body Language, Why Men Don t Listen and Women Can t Read Maps, Body Language in the Workplace, and The Ultimate Book of Rude and Politically Incorrect Jokes. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Wilmington on 1 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
I have read and enjoyed Allan and Barbara Pease's other bestsellers Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps and Why Men Lie and Women Cry: How to Get What You Want Out of Life by Asking and therefore was really looking forward to reading this book. It was quite a disappointment. Half of the body language described seems perfectly obvious to me. Some of the explanations were useful, but others were dubious or downright mistaken.

It didn't start well when on page 7 the caption under Schwarzenegger showing the thumb up explained that it meant five in Japan, which is utterly false. I can forgive one mistake, but not dozens, and the book is filled with them. Here are other examples.

On p. 18-19, the authors say that shaking the head from side to side to indicate 'no' is universal. Are they forgetting that in India it means 'yes' ? Over one billion people is not a minor exception.

On p. 20, under the title Universal Gestures, the first example is the shoulder shrug to show that a person doesn't know or doesn't understand. In France it means that the person doesn't care or that it can't be helped. Perhaps their meaning of universal is not the one universally understood by English speakers ?

On p. 109-110, they say that figures E and F are insults in Japan, and figure L means 5 in Japan and 1 in (continental) Europe. None of that is true.

On the next page, under 'Why We are All Becoming American', they say that the middle finger raised is originally an American insult that became adopted in other countries because of American TV and movies.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Musing on 15 Sept. 2011
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Whilst containing a lot of useful information this book is very poorly written. The authors often make outrageous claims without including any evidence and that really undermined my confidence in the rest of what they were saying. One such claim is that Hitler used a certain type of body language in a certain way because he only had one testicle. If this was backed up by any facts or discussion whatsoever they might have got away with it but alone it just sounds ridiculous and frustrating. The book is littered with other examples of this throwaway style that lead the reader to believe that the authors have a very warped perception of the world outside body language.

Another thing that irked me was the constant grounding of everything in the old evolutionary history of who's dominating whom. Perhaps this is the scientific root of body language but the authors frame every single interaction between friends or lovers in a perpetual struggle for sexual domination. I'd like to tell the authors that in the 21st century it is possible to have a conversation with someone without being either submissive or dominant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2011
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This is undoubtedly a fascinating book, and will probably have you thinking back on all those past experiences and the way people behaved and to finally make sense of certain peoples' behaviour.

Whilst all this is very interesting and indeed very informative, it does really beg the question as to whether we do really, as humans, all behave the same way? I doubt it... I can think of many times when people have displayed very definitive types of body language, where here in this book they will be analysed as meaning 'this' and 'that', but has definitely meant something very different from some of my experiences. However; to be fair, the book often uses the disclaimer that the situation and individual as a 'whole' has to be considered (pretty obvious I'd say anyway) before assuming too much. But it is still a good book for anyone who has no idea of reading body language at all.

The other point to remember is; unless you are prepared to carry the book around with you (or a notebook and pencil for later) and ask your subjects to hold their posture for a minute whilst you look up what it means, there's simply no way one could remember all the different interpretations... Apart from the fact, when attempting to read peoples' body language, it's more than likely you will be preoccupied with either your own, or thinking of something else more important at the time.

Interesting, educational, but most certainly unreliable I'd say.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ørjan Skulstad Våge on 5 Feb. 2014
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Learning the secrets of nonverbal communication is perhaps one of the most useful and rewarding skills you will learn! In this book, which is written in a language everyone understands, no science language what so ever, will teach you all you need to know. When reading this book I simply could not put it down, it drew me in like only a few books can. I can guarantee you; if you follow the tips in this book and learn the secret your world will change! Especially if you have low self-esteem. Then this book will help you change your body posture to feel and look more confident. I promise!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Imperatrix Mentis on 28 Aug. 2010
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Good for people who don't have a lot of time and don't know anything about body language yet. It's quick to read, easy to understand and very entertaining. Warning: it is in no way a scientific book and not suitable for any professional research. However, if you are looking to improve your general knowledge about body language, are pressed for time and maybe want to "read it on the side", this is perfect. Also suitable to read while travelling and can be digested in sections.
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