Author: Tonya Reiman
Genre: Self Help
First Published: 2007
Page Count: 312
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
This book is a treasure trove of tips and tricks to interpreting body language, but it serves better as a quick reference guide then as something you can absorb in one read through.
*Helpful Illustrations *Good flow of information *Useful material for any situation
*Too much information to take in at once
“Every flick of your wrist or change in your vocal tone reflects something about how you are feeling or what you are thinking to the person with whom you’re speaking.” Body language is important in all aspects of our lives. If you ever wanted to be able to interpret someone’s thoughts or feelings at work or out on the town, this is your book. You’ll even be able to use your own body language to turn any situation in your favor using your tone of voice, facial expressions, and body movements.
I had seen Tonya Reiman dissect celebrity and political figures’ body language on television before and it looked like a powerful tool to have in one’s arsenal. It might not be so critical for me to have this ability in my social life, but now that I’m out in the work force, this is definitely a skill that can come in handy. The author provides numerous techniques and examples of what to look for when studying someone’s body language and even provides illustrations and pictures of real people exhibiting the movement in question. There is a good flow to how the information is presented to the reader so that you can slowly master smaller body language expressions and then work up to bigger expressions or what multiple expressions can mean.
Reiman gives us a lot of information which can be hard to digest. I would have preferred to come away from the book with a very firm understanding of the subject. Instead I might be able to remember a couple of her tips at best. This is a book you’d need to keep for reference to refresh your memory for various life events like job interviews. I would have liked to feel a little bit more like a master interpreter after at least one go through the book.
I think this book is definitely worth picking up since it has a ton of information on body language interpretation. However, don’t expect to become an expert just by reading the book. It’s a good preview into the world of body language and what it can do for you, but if you really want to become a body language master, you’ll need to put more time and effort into your pursuits then just reading this book.