What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro

Updated: Apr 18

What Every Body Is Saying is an ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro guide to reading non-verbal cues, which will help you spot others' true intentions and feelings, even when their mouths are saying something different.


Nonverbal Behaviours comprises of symbols, gestures, body posture, eye movements etc. Non verbals behaviours comprise approximately 60 to 65 percent of all interpersonal communication.


Examples of Non verbal behaviours and their True Meanings


  • Eye blocking is a non verbal behaviour that occur when we feel threatened or don't like what we see. It is a powerful display of disagreement.

  • Squinting or shielding eyes that have evolved to protect the brain from seeing undesirable.

  • Turtle effect , when shoulders rise towards the ears. When people lose confidence they show "turtle effect".


What are Pacifying Behaviours?

Pacifying behaviours are those behaviours which soothes us and give immense pleasure to our body. Pacifying behaviours relaxes us from stressful situations, and we are used to it.

Here are some list of Pacifying Behaviours :-


  • Neck touching is a frequent pacifying behaviours we use in responding to stress.

  • Rubbing forehead indicates that the person is struggling and undergoing severe stress.

  • Cheek or Face touching is a way to pacify when nervous.

  • Exhaling with puffed out cheeks is a great way to release stress and to pacify.

  • Licking the lips and stroking the face can serve to pacify an individual when confronting a discomfort situation.


These behaviours are very limited to decipher an individual character, the most honest part of the body are legs. Yes, your legs tells truth even if you're lying.


Here are some leg movements, which tells truth about your behaviour:-


  • During a conversation, if your partner suddenly turns away his/her foot, this is a indication that he/she wants to leave.

  • When we are excited about something or feel positive we start jumping.

  • We cross our legs when we feel uncomfortable.

  • The sudden locking of ankles around the legs of chair is indicative of discomfort.


How to know whether your partner is comfortable with you or not?

When you meet someone, lean in give the person a good handshake , make eye contact and then take a step back and watch what happens next.


Three things are likely to occur :-


  • The person will remain in place, which means she/he is comfortable.

  • The individual will take a step back means you're hurting his/her personal space.

  • The person will take a step closer to you means, he/she feel safe and comfortable around you.


Pay attention to these listed behaviours, you will understand the intentions of an individual.





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