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Body Language: How to Know What's Really Being Said Paperback – 27 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 2 edition (27 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273758799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273758792
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.9 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In seven chapters, Borg takes the reader through the shocking ways our bodies reveal boredom, dislike, anxiety, indifference, mendacity - and, in happier moments, liking and even attraction - and shows how you can control your own gestures and mannerisms to make life less fraught".

The Independent, 25th October 2011

 

"It is definitely a five-star read".

San Francisco Book Review, March 2012


 

From the Back Cover

This book will change the way you communicate forever.

 

Over half of our communication is through the body, but how many of us actually know how to use body language and, most importantly, use it well?

 

The power and influence of body language is huge. Whether you need to sell an idea, get your point across, or simply understand what other people really think, body language is at the root of all communication. Get it right and communicating with others will be a breeze, but get it wrong and you’re in for a struggle.

 

Body Language will make sure you get it right every time. In seven simple lessons you’ll become an expert at reading others and controlling your own gestures to get the response you want. You’ll discover a whole new language at your finger tips.

 

Welcome to the silent language of success!

‘This book shows you how to use your body language to your advantage.’

Short List magazine

(‘THE YEAR’S BEST BOOKS’ 2009)

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A lot of people think they know about body language. They've heard something about mirroring, or they've read an article in a magazine about negative posture or something, and suddenly they're experts and can decipher every action a person makes. But the truth is, most people, even the faux experts, don't know as much as they think they do.

This book tries to bridge that gap--to fill in the holes of knowledge and to explain that not everything can be deduced from a simple arm-cross or shoulder shrug, although they may be significant; if the action doesn't mean anything specifically by itself, clustered with another piece of body language, it can reveal a lot. The book does well at explaining the complexity of pattern observation and clusters. As well as its breakdown of negative and positive body language, and how we can manipulate our own body language, or that of other people, to suit our needs, it also delves into the area of lying and how we can tell if somebody isn't being truthful with us. Again, like body language as a whole, it's not as simple as "he touched his nose; he's lying"--it's more complicated than that, and the book tries to convey this message in a straightforward and simple manner.

Overall it's an interesting read. There may be more comprehensive books on the market regarding body language, but this is the only one I've properly read all the way through, and it contains enough hints and tips that I'd say it was worthwhile.

If you want to master your own body language, or that of a friend or lover, then I'd suggest taking a look at this book, and then maybe do some follow-up research.

That's it.

Now stop crossing your arms--it's defensive.
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This was clear, concise and well focussed, enormously informative. Excellent for developing self observation and self awareness in relation to others in our orbit. We're transmitting information all the time, others are receiving it all the time and responding accordingly, insight into this process is invaluable in all situations.
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I found it very enlightening and made me aware of myself. I can see now how important body language is and be used in the proper manner.
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This book only gives a description of what we notice in other people anyway. It does not give explanation to why we act in certain ways, what are the reasons or meaning behind. The lesson about lies is quite enjoyable but to be honest, I don't know any more about how to read body language than I did before reading the book. I believe the author is an expert, but he did not manage to share any of his knowledge in this piece, I am afraid. Definitely not worth buying.
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It is a very good start to the subject, I am now looking to read more and go into more depth but this is a very good introduction.
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