Monday, June 14, 2010

How to Read Body Language

Book Recommendation

I hope you’ve had a chance to read the book review for Delivering Happiness posted here recently.  We had the following winners of that book’s related giveaway:

I ask that Nicole email me with her address so that I may mail you copies of the the book.  I will send Natalia her copy.

For this month, I’m giving away copies of the book The Definitive Book of Body Language.  It’s not a new book, but one I read a few months back and enjoyed.  It has certainly helped me better understand my family, friends, and coworker’s deeper opinion and mood. 

What I enjoyed most about this book were the plethora of examples and citations.  The authors provide plenty of detail on very many body positions with their related meanings.  There’s even a final chapter where the authors put your comprehension of the signs to test by providing various scenarios and pictures that you’re required to interpret.  I especially liked the attention to detail where the authors describe cultural differences in body language.

What I wasn’t keen on were the few references to Neuro Linguistic Programming, as described in Wikipedia, this is:

A controversial approach to psychotherapy and organizational change based on "a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them" and "a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour".

This is the stuff that the likes of Tony Robbins purportedly use to influence those around them.  Thankfully, the authors refer to this, but don’t delve much into it.  Ignoring this, I highly recommend this book to any person interested in learning how to better read and communicate with his fellow man.

As to the book giveaway, I’ve revised and simplified the rules:

  • Make a comment on this specific posting anytime between now and the end of June 2010
  • The first five distinct comment authors will each win a separate copy of the book

I’ll announce the winners in next months book recommendation at the beginning of July.

What Do You Think?

Feel free to drop your comments below about this or any other book, with the added benefit of being entered to win a copy of this month’s recommended book, The Definitive Book of Body Language