The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading Body Language (Idiot's Guides)
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Using both photos and line art, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Reading Body Language reveals and explains the visual tells to be found in faces, eyes, and lips; the positions of hands, arms, and legs; stances; gestures; the uses of everyday objects; and more. Additionally, strategies to elicit body language are detailed as well.
shifted. It’s a fine line. Kids are eager to please and they have a habit of telling adults what they think we want to hear. On the other hand, your kids may be withholding that they’re being bullied or that they’re having self-esteem issues. Keep a close watch and find time to talk to your kids—and don’t believe every word they say. Trust, but verify, as President Ronald Reagan was fond of saying. Look for anything that appears different or off; often there is stuff going on that you may have
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prolonged closure (deceit). • Body angling away from you suggests a desire to run away or escape an uncomfortable situation. Angling the body away shows you want to get away from the situation. • Micro-shoulder shrugs, the body language equivalent of crossed fingers, cancel out words spoken. For example, if a defendant says “I’m innocent,” watch for a micro-shoulder shrug on one side of the body or the other, which would suggest just the opposite. • Anxiety manifests as grooming gestures,
behavior. • Establish a baseline for comparing and contrasting behaviors before drawing any conclusions about deception. Chapter 13 Lying Styles In This Chapter • Verbal deception techniques • Lying by distraction • Forms of deceptive truths You’ve heard the expressions “something’s fishy,” “something doesn’t smell right,” or “something doesn’t feel right.” They all mean the same thing—that someone’s story doesn’t ring true. It’s what we also call a red herring. In this chapter, you
skills? Look at his facial expressions. Is he a nice guy, or is he rigid? What do think his position is? Is he a manager, a CEO? What could the hand signify? Why are there trucks on the wall? Find the clues. You can check your answers in Appendix B. How Clues Are Missed Have you ever realized in hindsight something that totally was obvious, yet you completely missed it at the time? There’s a reason we sometimes miss the obvious; it’s called inattentive blindness. It’s the same phenomenon that