Academic journal article Science Scope

Every Body's Talking

Academic journal article Science Scope

Every Body's Talking

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Every Body's Talking

By Donna M. Jackson with Carol Kinsey Goman. $30.60. 64 pp. Twenty-First Century Books. Minneapolis. 2014. ISBN: 9781467708586.

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"Actions speak louder than words" is an often-repeated phrase that is dissected and analyzed in Every Body's Talking: What We Say Without Words. Body language may seem difficult to decode, but this book provides tips, clues, and steps to take in order to perfect the skill.

Becoming a people watcher is the first step to reading body language. From a baby crying to nervous chatter to a high five, people say quite a bit without words. Notice who seems to belong, who is twirling her hair, who is making direct eye contact.

Proximity and posture are other indicators of comfort or discomfort. Notice if people mirror your movements and gestures, which is often

a sign of friendship. But spotting lies is a little trickier: Look for tight body language or an insincere smile. …

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