The Dangers of Interpreting Body Language

Image 11“It is important to remember that body language has a sender and a receiver – therefore interpretation of any gestures can be subjective. Interpreting still images lacks the context surrounding the image therefore we can not accurately know what happened just prior to the photograph being taken, nor do we know anything about the situation. In my opinion most body language interpretations and information should be considered anecdotal, although some body language interpretations regarding deception are supported by research (such as speech illustrators).  Another point is that the sender may not intend to portray a particular message; however the receiver may still unconsciously interpret the ‘message’ a certain way. In my opinion, always use body language interpretations as guidelines rather than empirically-researched and scientifically-backed facts.” – Stu Dunn

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About Stu Dunn

Becoming proficient with non verbal communication and teaching what I’ve learnt over the years has become an absolute passion of mine; starting with beginning the SDL Behavioural Science Facebook Page, then set up my first online course in 2011, and my first book on the subject True Lies, A Guide to Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception in the Real World was published in 2013. During this time I’ve helped thousands of people around the world become proficient in reading body language, micro expressions and detecting deception – and I’d love to help you too.
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