Elizabeth, happening to see the countenance of both as they looked at each
      other, was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting. Both changed colour;
      one looked white, the other red. . . . What could be the meaning of it? —
            Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Body Language

All the examples and explanations on this page are from the book How to Read a Person Like a Book, by Gerard I. Nierenberg & Henry H. Calero (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1971).


These 3 pictures represent the same salesman calling three different people: his wife, his mistress, and one of his customers. Can you tell which is which? — and why?
MEANING
MEANING
MEANING



In each drawing below, can you identify which man is the boss of the other men or man? — and why?

MEANING

MEANING



Which emotion are these people expressing with their bodies — and what makes you think so?
Sympathy

Hostility

Suspicion
Humility

Impatience

Confidence
Boredom

Excitement

Exhaustion
Attraction

Denial

Anger



REVIEW — How would you interpret each pair of bodily texts in the group below? What is each body "saying"? — especially in dialogue with the other person's body?
MEANING
MEANING
MEANING



FINAL EXAM — If you were a guy at a party, looking to meet someone new, how would you read each of the girls below? which ones would you go over to talk to? which would you avoid?
MEANING MEANING MEANING MEANING MEANING

BACK TO CLASS HOMEPAGE