- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (7 Dec. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752858785
- ISBN-13: 978-0752858784
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.9 x 17 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Definitive Book of Body Language: How to read others' attitudes by their gestures Paperback – 7 Dec 2006
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read,i find myself looking at people in a different light now,not just listening to them but watching there body language to.
Where has this book been all my life.
The content of the book is good. No denying that. The way it's written leaves a lot to be desired - college text books have a better flow.Published 6 months ago by R. Van Beek
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