10 of the Best Books About Body Language That You Need To Read
In this post, we look at the top 10 books about body language. When you pay attention to body language, you realize how important non-verbal communication is. Not just in your personal life, but also in business. We use body language all the time, with hand gestures, movements, and expressions.
By understanding everything that goes into body language, you can stop yourself giving off one of the thousands of negative signals that we give off unconsciously. Or you can use your knowledge to read people better. Either way, a better understanding of body language is extremely beneficial.
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10 books about body language
An ex FBI agent wrote this book, so you know the contents have been tried and tested in real-life situations. The book talks about speed reading, how to quickly decode people’s behaviors and avoid pitfalls.
One great thing about the book is that it is well written and easy to understand. The concepts and ideas you learn in this book can be used immediately. Among others, these include: why the face is probably the least likely place to understand a person’s true intentions, the most powerful behaviors that show confidence and simple non-verbal cues that instantly establish trust and communicate authority.
2. “The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning behind People’s Gestures and Expressions”
Another great book on body language, and an international bestseller. It gives you the knowledge required to control any face to face encounter. Whether you want to do really well in that job interview or give off a great first impression, there are techniques in this book you can implement today.
The authors, Barbara Pease and Allan Pease, specialize in the use of body language for politics and business purposes, and the book focuses on knowledge for business executives..
Another great thing about this book is that it has a lot of illustrations, that are helpful and funny at the same time. If you want an entertaining book that also teaches you how to utilize body language in business then this book would be perfect for you.
This is a very practical book which outlines many different scenarios and techniques you can use. It helps you understand how through body language, you can tell if someone is lying to you, withholding information, or gauge their level of interest.
This book by David J. Lieberman is essential for employers or anyone that interacts with a lot of different people on a regular day-to-day basis. The author of this book is an expert in his field and seems to know what he’s talking about, which is of course important.
This book ‘Spy the Lie’ teaches you how to detect deception, or how to ‘spot a lie’. Written by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero, who have years of experience of interviewing CIA assets, employees and ordinary people. They specialize in figuring out if someone is lying or not.
That skill can be helpful in a lot of situations such as finding out which potential employee is right for the job or figuring out which babysitter you want to hire. As with most things, you can’t be 100% sure that someone is lying, however by using the skills in this book you can be better than most people at detecting deception.
This book is written by Jack Schafer, (a former FBI special agent specializing in in behavioral analysis) and Marvin Karlins. They take a slightly different approach to teaching you about body language. They teach you the skills and techniques that you can utilize to make yourself more influential and to get people to like you. This is obviously a very important skill, not only in your personal life but also in business.
This book is highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about being better at social interactions and building meaningful relationships.
6. ‘Emotions Revealed, Second Edition: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life’
The author of this book attempts to explain the roots of our emotions and how they cascade on our face – fear, disgust, anger, happiness, and sadness. This then gives clear signals to anyone who is trained in identifying facial clues.
On completion of this book, you will have a tried system for recognizing faces, recognizing feelings and overall improving communication skills with people.
The book is very insightful as it has many references to evidence for the research shown.
There are many great things about this book, however, one negative is that the book is somewhat short. The book gives an insight on detecting people’s emotions and decoding what different emotions mean.
The author of the book, Paul Ekman is an expert on emotions and non-verbal communication and aims to give us an insight into his knowledge and experiences. This is, of course, backed up by research which I’m sure you can agree is essential.
As the title implies, the book focuses on decoding lies. This can be through observing “micro-expressions” or looking out for behavioral cues.
Overall a very useful book on body language.
8. “Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101: Your Guide to Reading People’s Nonverbal Behavior” by Vanessa Van Edwards
This book was written by Vanessa Van Edwards to accompany her Udemy course. It is an excellent book that gives great insight into body language. The information is concise and straight to the point, while at the same time entertaining. The chapters flow well together, the book is written in bullet form, which makes it easy to read but may make it slightly harder to retain since it does go through a lot of content quickly.
Overall I do recommend Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101, as it’s a great book that gives you a good introduction into the world of body language.
The book covers common body language signals and explains what they usually mean. It’s uses are as much for selling yourself as well as picking up on what others are saying non-verbally. I found it very practical and easy to read.
10. “How to Analyze People: Analyze & Read People with Human Psychology, Body Language, and the 6 Human Needs” by Michael Draper
As the title suggests, the book aims to teach us how to analyze and read people with proven methods. It does this quite well. This book is another quick read, is very well referenced and gets straight to the point.
It goes into the importance of non-verbal communication and you really do begin to notice these things after reading this book.
Overall I do recommend this book, for a general understanding of body language, or even just to get you started.