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By Natalie Mills
January 2, 2011

I am reading a fascinating book about body language called What Every Body is Saying.  It is written by a 25 year veteran FBI agent.  I had no idea how much the police, attorneys, airport security, customs agents and border crossing guards rely on reading body language to do their job, and how scientifically they go about this.

What I found interesting is how hard it really is to consciously pay attention to specific body language cues unless you are an outside observer and not part of the interaction.  That is why there are people watching on cameras from another room when the police are questioning someone.  This guy gets hired now to be a body language observer for corporations who negotiate bazillion dollar contacts and sales.

It sounds easy, but it’s really an art.


List of Books on Body Language:

The Definitive Book of Body Language Barbara Pease 

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