An Introduction

I'm excited to be the one to share this wonderful tool with you! The ability to read body language will be useful to you for the rest of your life and is definitely not something you will pass over or forget. Body language occurs continuously and in every social situation making it ubiquitous. When a student of body language gets their first dose of knowledge it is very exhilarating. It opens up a whole new world, one that was always there, but otherwise deeply buried in our minds. With a thorough understanding of body language, you will be able to read people from a distance without needing to hear the words they speak. Suddenly, the language of the body will become more transparent and obvious, and those who understand it are given a huge advantage over the rest.

Anyone into the dating scene knows how hard it is to read women. After reading through this book and studying the photographs, it won't be a mystery any longer. Without these key bits of information, you cannot have a well rounded understanding of dating. The book illustrates over 250 single items of body language such as when a woman likes and dislikes an approach, when a woman is ready to kiss, when a woman is trying to block you out, when she is bored or aroused, and practically every other gesture a woman might impart. Also covered extensively are tips to bring a woman closer through your own body language, entering her intimate space, and ways that you can display status and act so as to arouse women. This guide is perfect for both men and women interested in not only learning more about each other, but also in attracting one another. Body language allows people to use subtle hints to convey interest or disinterest instead of having to resort to overt and possibly embarrassing tactics. This book represents the perfect foundation to dating and attraction, and without it you cannot fully master the art of seduction.

The true aim of this book is to bring to consciousness the intuition that is already present and at the same time increase its efficiency. Nonverbal expressions of liking, disliking, superiority, timidity, fear, and so on are firmly rooted in human biology. Body language is therefore innate. It is not learned, and for the most part, not cultural. This makes it a very useful tool in dating and attraction as it provides us with quantifiable postures and positions that have actual meaning. While some cues may become compounded or confused with others, the whole picture makes it obvious what someone is really thinking.

By understanding body language you can also avoid potentially embarrassing situations. Speaking is a risky business in dating and also in life in general. This is especially true when you don't know what emotional ground others stand on. Body language outlines where you are in a relationship such as what level of attraction or rejection is present at any one time and eliminates all the guesswork involved in reading women. The information in this book will make it easy to determine which women are available. Body language experts will know when it is a waste of time to further a pursuit and when it is time to hang in for the long haul.

Even though men might believe that they have the upper hand in the initial stages of a relationship, they really do not. Women have a keen ability to fool men into thinking that they have the advantage early on, but in reality, women are able to control men with the use of nonverbal communication (whether or not they are actually aware of this fact is not relevant). Women use nonverbal language to send a strong signal of sexual interest, or as the case may be, disinterest.

Guys, myself included, are often hesitant to approach women. This is for good reason. We all want to maintain what little confidence we have. Approaching women is a risk-laden action and the last thing anyone wants is to face rejection. Thankfully, women impart their level of interest with very specific cues and this saves men from approaching disinterested women and can even save them the embarrassment resulting from displaying interest in them at all. Women use body language as a signal to men that an approach is welcome or unwelcome. Whether or not a man sees these cues and acknowledges them is a different story altogether.

The skills in this book represent some of the most important you will ever obtain in the pursuit of women (or men, as the case may be). Your skills will not appear overnight though. It will take time and experience to turn your eye into a highly developed reader of body language. However, with practice will come great rewards. For example, you will know if a woman is interested in getting to know you better, and on which level. You will know if she wants to kiss you, or whether she simply wants you to go away.

Ultimately dating and courtship is a way for a woman to test a man's desire to invest in her. A woman doesn't normally give off cues that are obvious simply because she hasn't yet decided for certain if you are of interest to her. A woman will normally draw out courtship in order to solidify the bond between herself and a man. The more time a man spends on the chase, she thinks, the more time he will spend raising her children. Thus, for the most part, the more she runs, the better off she will be. This is why we often see mixed and confounded signals which can be particularly frustrating if you are not aware of their purpose.

The next time you are in a social setting, have a look around and really bring to consciousness what is going on. Some couples will no doubt be close together, while others will have a few paces between them. Others yet will be practically on top of each other. What does this proximity mean? Even deeper than this runs the gestures they make toward one another. Some researchers will tell you that body language is a more accurate indication of someone's thoughts than what actually comes from their mouths since body language comes from the subconscious whereas our spoken words come from our consciousness. Our conscious mind is able to plan and manipulate and is hence deceitful. If you are following along, you are also putting two and two together. As you learn about body language you are moving it from your subconscious mind to your conscious mind, meaning you can now plan your body language and use it however you see fit.

Ignoring specific cues given off by the opposite sex is a sure way to embarrassment. Reading women incorrectly is fairly easy if you do not catalogue all cues they give off. Some researchers put the level of nonverbal communication as high as 80 percent of all communication. More reasonably it could be at around 50-65 percent. That's exactly what Mehrabian discovered in his communication study. He found that only 7 percent of communication comes from spoken words, 38 percent is from the tone of the voice, and 55 percent comes from body language. Thus, if you aren't conscious of what is happening nonverbally, you are missing out on the vast majority of what is going on during a typical conversation. No doubt, you could easily get away without the conscious ability to read others' body language, however, why ignore such a powerful tool when it is so easy to master?

Throughout the book, I realize that I speak mainly in terms of what I find useful as a man with respect to reading women, but that is only because I show my true bias. The tools contained within, however, are still very useful and practical for women. By knowing the meanings of the cues, women can better control the outcomes of specific situations. If, for example, a woman really enjoys the company of a particular man and wants to push the relationship forward, she should know the proper signals by which to make this happen. On the other hand, if a woman is disinterested or finds herself in a situation where an advance is unwanted, she will be armed with the knowledge of what cues to deliver to thwart the advance. A woman who is perhaps careless with her gestures, may give off particularly confusing cues to a man. A confused man is never a good thing! If he is interested in you, then more often than not, he will continue to pursue. With the knowledge of nonverbal communication, women can give specific and accurate cues to others.

Another useful way to appreciate how body language works and to make it appear more logical in our minds is to picture specific body language poses as they would appear if the person were nude. This is especially important since the cues have evolved under these circumstances. For example, take legs crossed versus uncrossed. How would legs spread wide open appear on a woman? How about on a man? What about a person with their legs uncrossed with their hands up behind their head slouched down in a chair? This would most certainly come across as a dominant and an in-your-face kind of posture. Now imagine this very same posture coming from an arrogant boss if he was completely nude with his genitals fully exposed! While our clothing masks some of the offensiveness of these postures, the meaning is still relevant.

A bit of caution is in order here. Keep the information in this book to yourself. The first rule of body language is: don't talk about body language! This type of thing is better left unsaid. I made the mistake of telling a bunch of intoxicated people that I was doing some reading on body language. Everyone immediately stopped talking and they sat in silence doing nothing. They knew that I could read them but they did not want to be read. They wanted to keep their thoughts and emotions to themselves.

And finally, reading body language is not magic, it's science. It's not exact, but it is pretty close. It is very likely the best tool that exists for accurately reading people, even more accurate than outright asking them their thoughts. It is well known that people tend to lie. We lie for various reasons, be it to avoid offending someone, to avoid the hurt of rejection, or simply because we have not yet brought our true feelings to consciousness. I hope you have as much fun reading this book as I have had writing it and I do hope you will tell your friends goods things about the sections to follow and help The Body Language Project grow so that we can bring you future publications and resources! We welcome any positive or negative experiences you've had with body language as a result of the information contained in this book, so feel free to send us an e-mail anytime!

If you are closer than arm's reach, than you are in someone's personal space. This is the first lesson you must learn. To create more space in crowded areas such as elevators and bars, people often tense up and use their arms as protection. They will hold them close to their body - often crossed - and will also avoid eye contact. If a woman you know is doing this in your presence and you are not in an elevator than she is sending you a strong message of disinterest. You will not get very far with a person who holds closed postures so you would be best advised to give them some space, back up a few paces, and allow them to reduce their tension. If a woman steps back when you approach her, it does not necessarily mean that she does not like you, she just needs more time to get comfortable. People guard their space passionately, wherever it is, and will not appreciate it if you invade it. Respecting people's intimate space involves not invading it with objects, like your bag or jacket, or with body parts unless they are welcomed.

The need for space is particular to a specific person and is normally a function of their environment. If they live in a densely populated area and frequent busy malls, elevators and so forth, they will be more accustomed to having people in close proximity. Normally, city people will tolerate someone in their space more so than those who live in rural settings. However, it is quite common to give strangers as much space as reasonably possible. For example, in an empty elevator, it would be unreasonable to be so close as to touch a stranger (even one you like). This is completely reversed however in a full elevator, where it is assumed that some accidental touching will occur.

Being sensitive to a woman's need for space is a given. If you act dominant and enter her space without her permission, you are guaranteed to leave her with a bad impression. All women perceive men as threatening who enter their personal space without an invitation and a woman will not reciprocate attraction to someone she fears. This doesn't mean that you are never to enter the intimate zone of a woman, but rather, you should wait for the right cues before doing so. When you approach someone physically, it is the same as if you were to approach them emotionally, and you should wait for a woman to give you signals that an approach is welcome before moving closer.

Never use positions of power when approaching a woman. That is, keep at eye level if possible. However, if you and she are both standing then it would be acceptable to use height as an advantage.

Height can be exploited by men to display dominance. The king of the castle holds literally in this case since the higher a person is, the more power is projected onto them. If the woman you want to approach is sitting though, it is best to approach her from a bent or kneeling position initially. Once the woman becomes more comfortable with you and you establish a

Dave is doing a really good job at making Scarlett uncomfortable by towering over her. You can see her defensive posture as she pulls her coffee toward herself and slightly tucks her chin in toward her body. Her left shoulder is moving forward and away from the wall in order to face her nearest and easiest exit. Her eye contact is harsh and comes across as a glare.

Dave is doing a really good job at making Scarlett uncomfortable by towering over her. You can see her defensive posture as she pulls her coffee toward herself and slightly tucks her chin in toward her body. Her left shoulder is moving forward and away from the wall in order to face her nearest and easiest exit. Her eye contact is harsh and comes across as a glare.

common dialogue, then it becomes safer to exploit your height differences. Your goal should never be to dominate over a woman, especially initially. Your goal should always be to make her feel comfortable in your presence and to break down all the barriers that separate the two of you.

Importance should also be put on the fact that proximity norms are different in different cultures. For example, Japanese people tend to stand much closer than Americans when in conversation. This proximity could be misconstrued as a sexual advance if it took place between two cultures, but in reality it is merely a function of upbringing. The point should also be made that there is a fairly large range in levels of touching and proximity norms between cultures and also within cultures. Some people will be comfortable being close, while others might reject this proximity altogether. If you are curious to know if a woman's proximity to you is an advance or simply her way, all you have to do is examine how she behaves around other people generally. If she is commonly a touchy-feely sort of person toward everyone, then it can be assumed that this is simply person specific and is not any sort of sexual advance. It is also true that the location of the interaction plays a big role. For example, in a crowded bar or amusement park, it would be acceptable to stand fairly close, however in an area that is more open, it might come across as imposing to be closer than necessary.

Body Language Relationships
Intimate - touching to about 10 inches (for close friends, family, and couples)
Meme Personal Space Violations

Normally, one should expect that a distance which separates two people from each other's reach would be appropriate for strangers. Sometimes this can be even further. It is not always obvious to everyone what is sufficient for proximity. The point was well made in an episode of Seinfeld with the "close talker." The character immediately jettisoned within inches of the person he was communicating with, turning the situation awkward. As you approach a woman, be careful to measure her response. If she moves back, you are best to respect that distance and maintain it as a buffer instead of continuously trying to close the gap. As the conversation continues and the level of trust grows, you will probably notice that closeness is gradually more permitted and welcomed. Generally, comfortable distances go as follows:

Casual-personal - 18 inches to 4 feet (informal conversation with friends)

Casual-personal - 18 inches to 4 feet (informal conversation with friends)

A social distance of 12 feet might seem unlikely. However, for strangers who have never spoken, this is a comfortable distance to speak from. If you don't believe this to be so, give it a try for yourself.

Continue reading here: Pictorial On Personal Space

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