Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Review: "What Every BODY Is Saying" (Joe Navarro)

Ever wondered what a furrowed brow really means? Or how to tell if someone is actually listening to what you're saying? Or why you feel more in control when you stand, lean forward, spread your arms, and place your hands on the table in front of you?

Author Joe Navarro, former FBI agent, is an expert in interpreting body language. In his revealing book, What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People, he breaks the body into categories --- feet and legs in one chapter, hands and fingers in another --- and catalogs each movement a person can make, and what it means.

With real-life examples from his work history and personal life, Navarro makes interpreting body language an approachable topic. Want to know how to convey interest when you're being interviewed for a job you want? Or the most disrespectful eye movement to watch for in your kids or significant other? Navarro has the answers.

His tone is engaging and informative, despite the academic subject matter; he held my interest all the way through the book. Body movements I've always wondered about --- and some I've never even thought about before --- can be practically interpreted, and the resulting comprehension only benefits you and those with whom you interact.

For Writers

Picture a character in your current work who needs a quirk or hobby. Why not let him/her be an expert in reading people? What consequences would that have on dialogue, character interactions, and relationships? In a mystery, the sleuth is often able to read others --- but what does that look like in a romance? or a dystopian novel?

Play with the possibilities!

Title: What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People
Author: Joe Navarro with Marvin Karlins, PhD
ISBN: 978-0061438295
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1oVIXwA


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 The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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