Body Language

Body Language Decoded — Does This Really Work?

We are relying too much on body language

Robert W. Locke
4 min readJul 18, 2021
Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

Have you seen those crazy videos? The ones that decode people’s body language while they are being interviewed. The experts call it the science of body language.

Yes, of course, we all express fear, anger, and laughter by using facial expressions and other body movements. But these experts have gone way further and tied the body language to what we actually say and how we say it. This is supposed to reveal what we are really saying and thinking!

Have a look at the full list here of body gestures from nodding your head to flickering your eyelashes. When I saw the full list, I thought there is no need at all for actual words!

Welcome to the world of non-verbal communication where a mere tic or blink of an eye, movement of the head may condemn you for the rest of your life. This is the mysterious world of body language. Yes, mysterious it is and it is likely to stay that way forever. It is true though that 75% of communication relies on non-verbal signals.

The most popular victims so far are:-

Welcome to the trial.

They pull them apart but they never say they have actually lied. You are the jury and you can decide whether they should be hanged at dawn or locked up.

Here are some typical comments from the experts

There’s something going on here

Higher blink rate reveals more stress

That shaking of the head means it’s a denial. The body doesn’t lie.

If she changes the tilt of her head from left to right, that becomes a red flag for me.

Eyelash flutter and rate increases

If the blink rate goes up, that is typically a stress indicator

Blink rate decreases during the lie but goes up after

She’s narrating the story with her body language



Robert W. Locke

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