In my researches, I found some useful sources to understand the body language, and go further to improve our social skills and quality of life. I conclude 4 different categories and order them into these series topic:

  1. The power of body language. Source 1 to 3.
  2. How to read body language. Source 4 to 7.
  3. Can people lie in body language? Source 7 to 8.
  4. How can body language changes your life. Source 9 to 10.

Before my readers get ready into read other people’s body language, I want them understand how body language effects people. Understanding the Basics introduces you the general ideas of body language. And the second source, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are explains why body language is important for us. You can change your life by changing your body language. Source 3 Eye Contact Helps Creating Empathy support the idea that body language is important for babies and young children.

After knowing the importance of body language, we can begin to study what body language means in particular situation. Arm SignalsEye Signals and The Magic of Smiles and Laughter are some chapters I selected from The Definitive Book of Body Language book. These chapters can tell you more signs of body language.

In Can you really tell if a kid is lying? and Read My Hips: Body Language Sometimes Louder Than Expressions tell you how to distinguish someone is telling a lie. And the truth is body language cannot lie.

Finally, the importance of understanding body language is making your life better. In The Superpower of Body Language teaches some tips that you may need for presentation. In Body Language – Changes How People See You teaches you how to be confident to attract other people.

This source list makes you easier and more convenient to find the topic that you are interested in, and step by step helps you understand how body language effects you and help you improve the quality of your life.

The Power of Body Language

1. Understanding of Body Language

The introduction and Chapter 1, “Understanding the Basics,” in The definitive book of body language introduces the way to predict and reveal what other people are thinking in detail. Even though some politics tell a lie, we can use body language to figure it out. The body language is important part of a conversation. How the author interpreted people can make him do better in his career.

Reference Pease, Allan, and Barbara Pease. 2006. The definitive book of body language. New York: Bantam Books.

2. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

This video teaches us how to change our minds by changing body languages. People or animals usually expanding themselves when they feel powerful and dominant. Otherwise, when people feel powerless, they closed up, wrap themselves up and make themselves smaller. These signals show that movement presents people’s mind. In addition, people can change their minds by changing their pose. “Tiny tweaks can make BIG CHANGES.” The body languages shape what we are.

Reference Cuddy, Amy. “Your body language shapes who you are.” Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | TED Talk | Accessed March 28, 2017.

3. Eye Contact Creates Empathy

Mother’s or father’s eye contact are important for infants to build their emotion connect. The absence of eye contact will cause the children are lake of empathy which presents in their later lives. Eye contact is important for infants. The absence of eye contact may cause the lake of empathy. All the process needs patience, stamina, and selflessness.

Reference “The Meeting Eyes of Love: How Empathy Is Born In Us.” Psychology Today. Accessed March 28, 2017.

How to Read Body Language

4. Arm Signals

This soruce talks about the different arm shapes present the different meaning. We usually think that the This chapter is related to my previous resource, “Your Body Language shapes Who You Are.” Body language does change the minds. Like the previous source mentioned about “Tiny tweaks can make BIG CHANGES.” From this video, it shows that body language does influence how people think about you and how you think about other people. If we want to change how other people are thinking about us, we have to think about what different body languages mean before we present them.

Reference Pease, Allan, and Barbara Pease. 2006. The definitive book of body language. New York: Bantam Books.

5. Eye Signals

This chapter talks about how to read eye signals and use the eye signals to attract others. Eye plays an important role in facial expression, and it also can influence how people think about you. We can use the pupil-dilation signals to know and attract other people. And this chapter explains about why the eyes are important signals in courtship. Look at a person’s pupils can also know the real feeling of him or her, so you can recognize the liar by their eyes, too. Use the right eyes signals can help you attract people’s attention. 

Reference Pease, Allan, and Barbara Pease. 2006. The definitive book of body language. New York: Bantam Books.

6. The Magic of Smiles and Laughter

The “The Magic of Smiles and Laughter” chapter in this book discusses about the strong power of smiling. There are two muscles in our face control the smile, and you can use these muscle to tell if a smile is enjoy or fake. The zygomatic major muscles control the corner of the mouth and the side of the face. The other orbicularis oculi pull the eyes and make the crow’s feet on the eye’s end. The fake smile just only affects the zygomatic major muscles, but the orbicularis oculi muscle does not move. Otherwise, smiling also means submission. There is an examination shows that it’s the same way to show the teeth when the primate feel happy and fearful.

Reference Pease, Allan, and Barbara Pease. 2006. The definitive book of body language. New York: Bantam Books.

Can People lie in Body Language?

7. Can You Really Tell if a Kid is Lying?

This video,  “Can you really tell if a kid is lying?” is produced by TED Talks. This video talks about the changes when a person is lying. In his experience to recognize if a person tells a lie is from facial blood. If people tell a lie, their facial blood flow increasingly flow to nose, and decreasingly flow to cheeks.

Reference Lee, Kang. Kang Lee: Can you really tell if a kid is lying? | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | Accessed March 28, 2017.

8. Read My Hips: Body Language Sometimes Louder Than Expressions 

People usually believe that we can judge people by facial expressions. However, the experience shows that it’s hardly to tell if the players are joyous or in despair. This result shows the facial expression are more difficult to predict, and the body language usually shows the obvious signal of players.

Reference ScienceNow. “Read My Hips: Body Language Sometimes Louder Than Expressions.” Wired. November 30, 2012. Accessed March 28, 2017.

How Can Body Language Changes Your Life

9. The Superpower of Body Language

This video portrays how should people present when they are talking to their audience. The tips in this video are very useful not only for speech, but also for face-to-face conversations. They mentioned 3 tips for attracting their audience: posture, gesture and mind the audience.

Reference Stanfordbusiness. YouTube. May 14, 2014. Accessed March 28, 2017.

10. Body Language – Change How People See You Source #1 – Body Language – CHANGE HOW PEOPLE SEE YOU!!

This video gives some tips for changing body language from different part of body to change how people think about you, and you can use these tips to help you build your confidence.

Reference YouTube. January 26, 2017. Accessed March 28, 2017.