While the art of speech is, of course, the most accepted form of communication, body language is no less important. Speech is no substitute for physical expression. In fact evidence suggests that 55% of people’s opinions of us are formed by body language and only 7% from the words we use.
Be it a wave, a smile, a shrug or frown we all, whether consciously or unconsciously, constantly use body language in our daily lives. But what does it mean? What do crossed legs signify? How does the body language of males and females differ? What can be learnt about someone from their handshake? Which actions signify powerful versus submissive personalities?
'The Body Language Phrasebook', the first in a new series of pocket reference body language books, provides all the answers in an easily accessible way. It takes 500 of the most common forms of physical expression, split into several chapters – including The Power of Gestures, Master and Servant and Under Pressure – and explains what each means. Each entry is supported by a single colour image and concise explanatory caption which help to answer these questions and a myriad of others.
For readers with specific queries, a comprehensive themed index directs him or her straight to their area of interest.