Stu Dunn
Stu Dunn
Dr. Paul Ekman
Micro Expressions
Body Language
Body Language
Body languageBody language is a form of non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals almost entirely subconsciously.

Body language is the unspoken or non-verbal mode of communication that we use in every single aspect of our interaction with another person. It is like a mirror that tells us what the other person thinks and feels in response to our words or actions. 55% of the messages that we convey to other people are transmitted through body language. The actual verbal communication accounts for the other 38% in tone of voice and only 7% in the words we use (*When verbal context is ambiguous).

Body language may provide clues as to the attitude or state of mind of a person. For example, it may indicate aggression, attentiveness, boredom, relaxed state, pleasure, amusement, and intoxication, among many other cues.

Click here for information on the first online Micro Expressions & Body Language 101 interactive 8-Module Online Course. Learn how to detect lies, how to read body language, and how to read micro expressions.

Desmond Morris on Gestures, Meanings and Cultures

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To read more about Stu's book; True Lies: A Guide to Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language and Detecting Deception in the Real World, click here.


Verbal Habits of Deceptive People - Verbal Leaks 5: Pronoun Inaccuracies / Inconsistencies. Pronouns that makes a statement personal, as with distancing statements, are often absent in a liar's statement; e.g. "Got up this morning. Went for a run, took a shower and changed. Got to work. Did not even stop to check e-mails." Another way someone might distance themselves through language while answering questions they find threatening is by replacing the pronoun "I" with "you". E.g. "You just don't do that kind of thing," or "You would not want to walk there at night."
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