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What Every BODY is Saying

An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

By Joe Navarro
13-minute read
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What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro

This book is all about the hidden meanings we can find in our body language. Our brains control our body movements without us being conscious of it, and sometimes those movements can be very revealing. This book goes into detail about the ways you can train yourself to become an expert in observing other people’s nonverbal cues and uncovering their meaning.

  • Anyone interested in psychology
  • Anyone who wants to improve his or her observational skills
  • Anyone who wants to get better at understanding people’s true thoughts and intentions

Joe Navarro is a former FBI agent. He worked as a special agent for 25 years, during which time he mastered the art of decoding people’s body language. He has written extensively on the subject of nonverbal communication, and What Every BODY is Saying is his most famous book.

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What Every BODY is Saying

An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

By Joe Navarro
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This book is all about the hidden meanings we can find in our body language. Our brains control our body movements without us being conscious of it, and sometimes those movements can be very revealing. This book goes into detail about the ways you can train yourself to become an expert in observing other people’s nonverbal cues and uncovering their meaning.

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Nonverbal communication is a reliable and honest way of transmitting information.

“Yes,” she says, “that’s my final answer.” Well, is it really?

“I like you,” he says. Or does he?

Is it possible to predict future social encounters and avoid the disappointing ones? Is there any way to detect people’s true intentions just by having a conversation with them?

Yes, there is, and we already use it every day.

Body language is the key to understanding people’s real thoughts. About 60 to 65 percent of all interpersonal communication is nonverbal. Things like facial expressions, gestures, touching, body movements, and voice tone and volume make up our nonverbal communication.

Human communication is like a puzzle and our spoken words are just one piece of it. Each movement or non-movement in a conversation tells part of the story as well.

Nonverbal communication is so important that two complete strangers who don’t share a language can still become friends. The author himself experienced this: when he first migrated from Cuba to the US at age eight, he could only understand his classmates by reading their body language. He eventually learned English, but he’d already made friends before that.

Nonverbal cues are more reliable than the spoken word. People aren’t always aware of the nonverbal signals they send, so the truth might be hidden in them.

Imagine a suspect who refuses to confess to a crime. When you ask her where she was at the time of the crime, she might tell you a reasonable story about how she was going on a walk and turned right at a certain corner. But if you catch her hands turning left when she says that, you have a pretty strong reason to not believe her. Subconsciously, her body language emphasized the real direction and gave away her lie.

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