Every now and again I find books that are too intriguing to pass over. I made such discovery recently while going through some old belongings. This “illustrated, no-nonsense manual by two experts in the field of negotiation” apparently teaches you how to “read a person like a book”. It examines common gestures and teaches you “how to spot the hidden social, sexual and emotional messages that we all send to each other with our bodies”.
I must confess, at first I thought the whole thing was ridiculous. But the more I read and thought about body language, the more fascinating it became. The “dramatic illustrations”, however, were not fascinating. They were hilarious.
This bit of body language is called the “sideways glance”. It displays a distrusting attitude.
I think that the only attitude being displayed here comes in the form of that sweet jacket that I can only assume is brushed suede. The frills on the edges of the garment scream “I smell like Brut cologne and cigarettes. Let’s head out to my van and I will let you kiss me.”
This illustration can be found in How to Read a Person Like a Book by Gerald I. Nierenberg and Henry H. Calero
Published by Pocket Books in 1971