How to Read Body Language to Reveal the Underlying Truth in Almost Any Situation


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7 Jun 2011
You've likely heard that body language accounts for up to 55% of how we communicate, but reading non-verbal cues isn't just about broad strokes. The same gesture can indicate a number of different things depending on context.

This article takes a look at three common situations in which non-verbal cues are especially important - detecting lies, going on a date, and interviewing for a job - then explain how to interpret body language more accurately so that you can read between the lines when a person's words aren't necessarily conveying the way that they honestly feel.



1 Jun 2011
I do believe that the study of body language has its scientific applications; however, I also believe that everybody's body language is not completely the same and certain non-verbal cues cannot be taken at face value. For example, the thingy with people looking to the right(or left I don't rmb so pardon me) in a split second means that he is recollecting memories and the contrary would mean he's making something up or thinking for that matter. Even if that is 100% true and you manage to detect that miniscule eye movement it could mean that the person is recollecting the memories of his previous lies pertaining to this one(have u ever tried to remember what you lied to others so as to lie correctly and prevent discrepancies in your lies), or it could simply mean that he's recollecting a piece of information that helps him make up this new lie. Same for the other side of the coin.

What I'm driving at is that even the most adept reader of body language or machine cannot detect lies with any statistical or scientific accuracy. If you do a bit of research(not wiki) on lie detectors, even the most state-of-the-art ones, you'll know they're aren't by any chance infallible or even reliable.
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