Rethinking Body Language: How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts.pdf

Rethinking Body Language: How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts.pdf



Challenging all of our old assumptions about the subject, Rethinking Body Language builds on the most recent cutting-edge research to offer a new theoretical perspective on this subject that will transform the way we look at other people. In contrast to the traditional view that body language is primarily concerned with the expression of emotions and the negotiation of social relationships, author Geoff Beattie argues instead that gestures reflect aspects of our thinking but in a different way to verbal language. Critically, the spontaneous hand movements that people make when they talk often communicate a good deal more than they intend.

This ground-breaking book takes body language analysis to a whole new level. Engagingly written by one of the leading experts in the field, it shows how we can detect deception in gesture–speech mismatches and how these unconscious movements can give us real insight into people's underlying implicit attitudes.


Geoffrey Beattie is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University. He is the author of 20 books and over 100 journal articles, and was awarded the Spearman Medal by the BPS, in recognition of outstanding published work in psychology. He has presented a number of television programmes and was also the resident on-screen psychologist for eleven series of Big Brother, specialising in body language and social behaviour.


1. Introduction: A New Perspective on an Old Problem 2. Two Separate Languages? 3. Where the Action Is 4. ‘A Remarkable Biological Miracle’ 5. Images in the Hands, Images in the Mind 6. Different Vehicles of Meaning 7.Gestures and the Frustrations of Everyday Life. 8. Speech is Only Half the Story 9. Who or What the Hands Portray 10. How Our Eyes are Drawn to the Gestures of Others 11. ‘The Gesture Limits Itself Intelligently to What Matters’ 12. Manipulating the Salience of Individual Elements to See How Gestures Respond 13. How Metaphoric Gestures Affect Us 14. Putting Iconic Gestures into TV Advertisements 15. How Iconic Gestures Can Leak the Truth 16. Unconscious Gesture Can Leak Unconscious Attitude 17. Concluding Remarks 18. References


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