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The Definitive Book of Body Language: How to Read Others' Attitudes by Their Gestures [Paperback]

Allan Pease , Barbara Pease
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7 Dec 2006

What people say is often very different to what they think or feel.

Now, with THE DEFINITIVE BOOK OF BODY LANGUAGE, you can learn to read others people's thoughts by their gestures. It sounds implausible, but body language is easy to pick up and fun to use. Find out:

How to tell if someone is lying

How to make yourself likeable

How to get co-operation from other people

How to interview and negotiate successfully

How to choose a partner

Learn the secrets of body language with Allan and Barbara Pease, bestselling authors of WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (7 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752858785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752858784
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara and Allan Pease are among the world's leading communication and relationship experts and one of the most successful husband and wife teams in business today. They regularly appear on television around the globe and their 18 bestselling books have been translated into 54 languages, They are marketed in over 100 countries and have sold a staggering 27 million copies, worldwide. Barbara & Allan live with their youngest children in native Australia and travel to up to thirty countries a year giving seminars and conferences. They are parents to six children and have five grandchildren. Their perceptive yet light-hearted insights into relationships between men and women have resulted in millions of fans internationally, and as a result, they are in constant demand for public appearances everywhere.

Allan Pease

Allan Pease researches and studies selling, relationships and human communication. He teaches simple, field-tested skills and techniques that get results. And he delivers his message in a humorous way, which motivates people to want to use these ideas immediately.

In a highly entertaining, fast moving presentation, Allan takes you through powerful communication techniques and teaches you how to decode other people's behaviour - and what to do about it. He also reveals how to decode a wide range of subtle clues that appear in meetings, phone calls, negotiations and face-to-face encounters.

Known worldwide as "Mr Body Language", Allan's own record in the field of selling, motivating and training is equalled by few others. He is a born achiever, starting his career at age 10 selling rubber sponges door to door. At 17, he was the No.1 national salesman for a company selling bed linen and pots & pans. At 21, he was the youngest person ever to sell over $1,000,000 of life insurance in his first sales year.

He has addressed audiences in 65 countries, and his programs are used by businesses and
governments to teach powerful relationship skills. His messages are relevant to any area of life that involves winning people over and getting them to like you, co-operate, follow you or say 'yes'.

Allan - with co-author Barbara Pease - is one of the world's most successful non-fiction authors, writing 18 bestsellers including The Definitive Book of Body Language and Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps. His books have been translated into 54 languages and have sold over 27,000,000 copies. His television series and Number 1.Box Office Movie were watched by over 100 million viewers.

Barbara Pease

Barbara Pease is CEO of the Pease's immensely successful company, Pease International, which produces books, videos, training courses and seminars for business and governments worldwide. She is the co-author of the major best-selling books Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Read Maps, Why Men Don't Have A Clue & Women Always Need More Shoes and The Definitive Book of Body Language. She is Australia's biggest selling female non-fiction author, having published 10 #1 Bestsellers and sold over 27 million books.

Barbara was also a top salesperson who at age 22 broke through the million dollar ceiling selling advertising. She started her working life at the age of twelve as a catwalk model and entrepreneured her own modelling agency and listings magazine in her early twenties. She was one of the highest paid models of her time starring in commercials for Toyota, Sheraton Hotels and Coca-Cola.

Barbara has appeared on most major TV programmes in the UK and Europe, including 6 for BBC Science. She is co-author of the #1 European Box Office hit movie "Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Park Cars."


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TV: Allan was interviewed on Chris Evan's new ITV show OFI SUNDAY on 28 November. He was also interviewed for the pilot show. Barbara and Allan will appear on TRISHA, CHANNEL 5 date tbc Radio: SAGA RADIO Interview, November BBC RADIO 4 Interview on 30 November for WOMAN'S HOUR BBC RADIO YORK Interview on 1 December BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE Interview on 1 December BBC RADIO KENT Interview on 1 December BBC RADIO SOUTHERN COUNTIES Interview on 1 December BBC RADIO LONDON Interview on 2 December BBC RADIO CUMBRIA Interview on 2 December BBC RADIO LEEDS Interview on 2 December BBC RADIO OXFORD Interview on 2 December BBC RADIO JERSEY Interview on 2 December SAGA RADIO LONDON Interview on 2 December BBC RADIO CAMBRIDGE Interview on 2 December BBC RADIO NORTHAMPTON Interview on 5 December LBC CLIVE BULL SHOW Used the book to stimulate debate for talkback Press: BIRMINGHAM POST Article on body language ran 26 November DAILY EXPRESS Interview for a feature which ran on 28 October DAILY EXPRESS Interview for a feature which ran on 5 November DAILY EXPRESS Interview ran 22 December DAILY MAIL A feature on men and Christmas shopping ran on 19 December GUARDIAN interview on baby body language to take place 2 Dec MIRROR Article on handshakes ran on 6 April THE TIMES Confirmed interview for BODY & SOUL section, date tbc SUNDAY TIMES Interview for Best of Times, Worst of Times to run in February SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Positive mention 18 December Magazines: B MAGAZINE - Interview in January issue BLISS MAGAZINE - Interview November issue CITIES TO CITIES - Will be mentioning the book in their 'Essential Reads of the Summer' issue COSMOPOLITAN - Included in feature in Feb issue FRESH - Interview in March issue MOTHER AND BABY - Interview for feature on baby body language SUGAR- Interview and giveaway in February issue TESCO MAGAZINE - Interview in January issue YOGA MAGAZINE - Interview to take place in April, issue date tbc YOU & YOUR WEDDING - Feature Jan/Feb issue COSMOPOLITAN - Feature in July issue Confirmed Reviews include: COSMO GIRL January issue FRESH MAGAZINE December issue GOODTIMES MAGAZINE January issue LONDON PA Review and giveaway in January issue SUNDAY SPORT Review and giveaway 22 December TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT Review 3 February UNLIMITED MAGAZINE Review and giveaway in February issue YOUR BODY - Review Dec issue Online: Barbara and Allan were interviewd for the Orion website on Friday 28 October BrideBeautiful.co.uk to be reviewed in April

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From the bestselling authors of WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction but many factual mistakes 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK but Overrated 15 Sep 2011
By Musing
Format:Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a lot of rubbish 19 May 2013
Format:Paperback
I couldn't finish this book. I thought it would teach me something but it's full of statements that anyone with a bit of common sense can work out for themselves. When they're not stating the obvious, the authors seem to make things up as they go along. It's just too bad for words, fortunately I only paid a couple of pounds for the book. Avoid.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars International bestseller for a reason! 26 July 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is not only enlightening but quite funny! I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. Allan and Barbara Pease are very gifted writers, and their insight into human behaviour is fascinating. I can honestly say I have noticed far more about people's behaviour and my own body language since reading this book.
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94 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basics made clear 12 May 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought it because I had not a hope of interpreting other people's body language - it was a blind spot for me.

The book does what it claims to do. It explains why we use certain traits and how we do it, what to look for, what they mean. I found that it worked, I could observe people at work, social settings etc. and pick up things and interpret them - even found it quite fun. I use it in work too to my advantage. This week I explained what someone on TV was doing with their body language and even sounded like I knew what I was talking about - quite suprised myself!

A plus is that it explain WHY certain signals are made - which makes them easier to spot and interpret. Also it's written interestingly with a lively tone, helpful drawings, anecdotes and references to primates and primitive man to make it all fit together. Lots of photos of famous people and interpretations of their body language - very interesting!

It goes through body language methodically: hands, feet, face, arms, handshakes, head etc. which works well. I felt encouraged to use the knowledge in the real world. Lively, and encouraging, easy to read stuff.

A friend who could read the basics in people easily (as many people do) found this a bit of a case of stating the obvious. You may find this if you're quite an aware person, although I think almost everyone could gain something from this book.

If you're looking for a book because body language is not easy for you, there's no better starting point, I think. If you're looking for very advanced stuff, you may find you know all this already.
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Published 12 days ago by Anisa Khushal
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and helpful
A good basic guide of body language - how to improve your skills and recognise others language better. I recommend
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I do suggest this book to those who are just beginners in body language. Great introduction. Gives different possible scenarios with various interpretation of the body gestures. Read more
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This book could have been more detailed, more profound. I found it a bit thin and threadbare. Much more could have been said. Read more
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Funny and revealing. Didn't realise that what you do with your body reveals so much about you. Enjoyed the book.
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I didn't find this book as helpful as some other publication which I have read. Not a favourite with me.
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