What Every Body is Saying : An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-reading People, Paperback Book

What Every Body is Saying : An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-reading People Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


What you say is often far less important than how you say it.

One of the harbingers of success is understanding how nonverbal cues such as body language, dress, and demeanor affect how you are perceived and understood.

In this book Navarro, one of the leaders in nonverbal behaviours, demonstrates how to modify your subconscious statements to your greatest advantage and also read what other people are 'saying' nonverbally.

These skills will increase your ability to accurately assess moods, decode behaviors, anticipate problems, avoid hidden pitfalls, influence negotiations, and understand the secret motivations of those around you.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 100 photos and black and white line drawings
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9780061438295

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The author is an ex-FBI agent, and in this interesting book he explains how to detect if a person is lying. He looks for bodily reactions to pointed questioning and argues that particular limbic reactions are almost impossible to fake. He explains that it needs training, and usefully shows the error of taking voluminous speech to represent truthfulness and unease to represent deception.The only other book that I've read on the subject is Charles Darwin's "The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals" but I found Navarro's book more enjoyable since it's crime focused and finer tuned.

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Excellent in insight into non-verbal communication from an expert. I especially enjoyed his associated experiences with specific "tells" (non-verbal communication).

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Educational. Learned a lot about what's behind common body language. Wanders around quite a bit - I like this sort of non-fiction to be a bit more well-organized for future reference.