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El lenguaje del cuerpo

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  848 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Based on the premise that the movements of the body are the projection of a person's deepest and most private thoughts and feelings, this breakdown of movement creates a comprehensive analysis of the body's silent language. This scientific approach to body language argues that movement and gesture—signals constantly emitted by the human body—can be interpreted and understo ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Editorial Kairos (first published 1970)
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The questions printed on the cover of this book is the reason for which I bought this book….and I did not find the answers in any page.

I guess this book’s body language is misleading.

As the writer stated at the end “Body language as a science is in its infancy, but this book has explored some of the ground rules…”
It’s an introductory book in body language, so don’t expect it to quench your thirst in this field.
Emma Brown
If you want a book that tells you why you should learn body language, you've found what you're looking for — otherwise, this is a waste of your time.

I saved this book from being thrown away because I hoped I could glean some useful information about how to read (and, I confess, manipulate) body language. The questions on the cover suggested that the book would offer some helpful insight.

Unfortunately, the questions were a mere ploy to whet one's curiosity, not an actual offer to supply the answe
Apr 06, 2008 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dave
Shelves: nonfiction
As an undergraduate, I took a course called Reading People and Places. We read a lot of Roland Barthes. We wandered (or, rather, walked briskly) around DC and looked at architecture. We looked at pictures of fashion models in magazines and read elaborate descriptions of the meanings of men's suits. And at some point we learned about the work of Dr. Edward Hall and his theory of "proxemics," or how men use space to communicate with each other. I learned a great deal from that class, though I don' ...more
Caroline Åsgård
I really have to say, this book interested me a lot! The power of body language is much stronger than I thought, and now I have learned so much about interpreting it and being aware of what one does - and that your body can say the opposite of what is coming out of your mouth!

If you're interested in people and culture, this is really a book you should check out. It's not long, and isn't written in a heavy, scientific matter.

Now as I've moved from Norway to Florida to work at the Epcot world show
Dec 04, 2010 Jerry rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who suck at Charades.
Recommended to Jerry by: Dave
This book is groundbreaking... if you read it 40 years ago. Now, it's just filled with obvious observations that any half-way paying attention person can make like, "If a woman is frowning then she may--or may not--be upset." Ok, maybe the book isn't that obvious, but you don't really want me to spoil all of it for you, do you?

But I do want to thank Julius Fast for giving me the line, "Nah, baby, I wasn't staring. I was just admiring your particular mode of nonverbal communication. It's very in
It was interesting to read this book that really helps in our life and social one specifically . the writer previews Dr's opinions and studies about every movement we do and what does it mean in the body language . one of them says that if you were in a cafe and choose to set in the middle of an empty table , means that your body is saying " I don't want to share the table with anyone "
I read the 4th edition (1971) and the cover was way more bitchin.

It has some serious "pc" issues, but served as an "at hand" (purchased used because the jacket is hilarious) introduction.

I'm sure there's a way better resource out there.
What do I do with my hands??!!
Someone said I should keep an eye on my mother ... but that's the last person I want to be like ... so, having discovered a slick way out of my teenage conundrum, I read this book, which was neatly hidden in mom's bookshelf!
Andrew Childers
With reference to research, real life situations, and reasoning the authors attempt to describe what we know about human practice in proxemics, face, ritual, expression, and motion. This book, well, was written in the 70s (while reading I came across things that caused me to check this fact more than once), and it seems that there's little concern for the type of political correctness I experience now on a daily basis. Quite a bit of the book was entertaining to read, but I question the validity ...more
Speaking of simple body movements, giving them a evolutionarily historical perspective, elaborating the relevance of these movements in the current "civilized" society and much more, JF does a great job in explaining the theoretical origins of body language. Despite being amongst the first few books on this subject, the content remains totally contemporary. The book only falls short regarding the updation of many findings that have been uncovered by ever-enthusiastic researchers within the past ...more
Bob Nichols
Fast's book, now very old (1971), provides an overview of the then emerging field of body language ("A science called Kinesics"). The book's organization is somewhat haphazard, with intermingled discussion about inner states that manifest themselves in body language and, from the reverse perspective, body language that reveals signals about internal states. A subtext to this book is not just what one can learn by observing, but also what body signals one can employ for more effective social inte ...more
One of the most common criticisms in writing workshops is there are too many smiling and eye verbs. What’s that? For those of you not in the know, it boils down to the fact that if there’s a gesture, the character usually smiles, or “does something” with his/her eyes. Narrowed eyes, glanced away, stared, etc. Any verb your eyes can do, or any description of eyes (fire raged within) falls under this category.[return][return]The reason writers do this is simple: we’re in the age of film. Movies an ...more
Julius Fasts ’’The Body language’’ is very simple. It simply provides a very simple introduction to the world of the ’’Body language’’. It is very simple and ‘’light’’ and nothing to complicated or overworked and the reason to that is perhaps that this field - the body language - was, upon the books release (1970), new. It was emerging.

Julius Fast basically gives you the basics - the ''easy'' introduction to the body language - and in the process he does discuss some good points regarding the b
Rian Nejar
An informative, enlightening, easy-to-read book on the developing science of kinesiology or communication through bodily movements and expressions. A must read for the active social communicator. First published three and a half decades ago, this book continues to remain useful as a refresher in practical application of this essential skill.
Deejay Nicke
This is a great book that raises more questions than it answers. It's designed to pique your curiosity, not satisfy it.

This book will equip you with the foundation to go out and do your own experiments and observations. The book still hasn't been written on body language, so get out there and learn the language!
Nicky Abell-Francis
Excellent book on the art of reading how when our personal space is invaded our reactions are instant and unknown to us. Interesting read but sure I may not remember all the signs in conversation.
1st Read: (May 13 - 16, 1996)

Considering when this had first arrived in bookstores and the people that bought and read it, it must have been a game changer for the pick up artists and swingers!

There were interesting ideas and situations in the book. For the most part, nearly everything in here is second nature by today's standards.
Bill Silverman
I liked this book when I first read it many years ago. This newer edition was also enjoyable to reread, although parts of it are somewhat boring.
Beverly Dowdell
Interesting reading and encouraged me to be more observant of people's physical responses in a conversation.
Chris brown
Read this yeeeeeeaaaarrrrssss ago going to have to reread and see how much things have changed
This book was okay; however, I did not think I learned anything new like I had hoped.
Keith Lipsey
I found this book to be helpful with my interviews and interrogations!
Although it was revised in 2002 it still seemed very outdated.
Very interesting and useful for good a good communication
Nonik Ju
How can I download this eBook?
Pierre Richard
A good book, but not so tasty...
Hector Soroa
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Gabi Coatsworth
On a flight NY to London
Pretty basic. Pretty fun.
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Julius Fast was an American author of both fiction and nonfiction. In 1946 he was the first recipient of the Edgar Award given by the Mystery Writers of America for the best first novel of 1945.
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