10 Books About Body Language That You Need To Read

In this post, we look at the top 10 books about body language. As you start paying attention to body language you slowly start to 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 be able to read people better. Either way, a better understanding of body language is extremely beneficial.

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10 books about body language

1. What every BODY is saying by Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins


This book is written by an ex FBI agent, so you know the knowledge in this book has been tried and tested in real life situations. The book talks about speed reading, how to quickly decode peoples behaviors and avoid pitfalls. One great thing about this book is that it is well written and easy to understand. The concepts and ideas you learn in this book can be implemented almost immediately. The different things you will learn in this book 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’s that instantly establish trust, and communicate authority.

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2. The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning behind People’s Gestures and Expressions


Another great book on body language. This book is 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.  Body language in this book is taught in the view of business executives. The authors, Barbara Pease and Allan Pease, specialize in the use of body language for politics and business purposes. Another great point 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.

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3. You Can Read Anyone by David J. Lieberman


This is a very practical book, it outlines different scenarios and techniques you can implement. It helps you understand how through body language, you will be able to tell if someone is lying to you, withholding information or a person’s 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.

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4. Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception


The book ‘Spy the Lie’ is written by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero. As you could have guessed from the title, it teaches you how to detect deception, or how to ‘spot a lie’. The authors of this book have years of experience of interviewing CIA assets, employees and ordinary people. They specialize in figuring out if someone is lying or not. The 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.

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5. The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over


This book is written by Jack Schafer (who is a former FBI special agent specializing in in behavior analysis) and Marvin Karlins. The authors take a slightly different approach to teaching you about body language. The authors 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.

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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.

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7. Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage


There are many great things about this book, however, one negative is that the book is somewhat short. The book certainly gives you 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.

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8. Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101: Your Guide to Reading People’s Nonverbal Behavior by Vanessa Van Edwards


This book is 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.

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9. Body Language: Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know! By James Rand


Another very useful book on how to read and analyze people. This book takes an informal approach and really just covers the basics of body language. If you want a book that goes into more depth then you should probably skip this one. One good thing about this book is that it never gets too dense or boring and does a good job of focusing on strategies you can potentially implement in your day to day life. Simply reading this book, or any book for that matter isn’t going to change your life. However, it will push you in the right direction.

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10. How to Analyze People: Analyzing and Reading People using Proven Methods by Brian Masters


As the title suggests, the author Brian Masters aims to teach us how to analyze and read people with proven methods, he manages to do this well. This book is another quick read, however, it 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.

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  1. Prahlad jani says:

    Great books

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