A fresh, insightful guide to reading body language in the post-digital age
Whether you’re at a job interview or a cocktail party, searching LinkedIn or swiping right on a dating site, you want (no—need) to understand what people are really thinking, regardless of what they’re saying. Understanding what others are trying to tell you with their posture, hand gestures, eye contact (or lack thereof) or incessant fiddling with their iPhone might all be even more important than what you’re projecting yourself. Do they plan on making a deal with your company? Are they lying to you? Can you trust this person with your most intimate secrets? Knowing what others are thinking can tell you when to run with an opportunity and when not to waste your time, whether at work, in a crucial negotiation or on a promising first date.
Bestselling authors Mark Bowden and Tracey Thomson, principals at the communications company Truthplane, illustrate the essential points of body language with examples from everyday life, leavened with humour and insights that you can use to your advantage in virtually any situation.
“Truth and Lies is a wonderful guide to learning how to know what people are really thinking.”
“Fascinating, revealing and at times, unsettling, Truth and Lies explains the nuances of body language to help you better understand the complexities of human behavior and discover what people are really thinking.”
“Truth and Lies is brilliant. If you’d like to learn the truth about who will have your back or if your kids are in safe hands or if your neighbor, boyfriend, best friend, or boss is keeping a secret from you, then read this book.”
“If you’ve ever wondered what selfies say, why people ‘ghost,’ and how to detect the signals of deception in the physical and digital world, then Truth and Lies is the definitive, non-verbal communication book of this generation.”
“A thoroughly insightful read, packed full of useful information to put to immediate and practical use. Let Mark and Tracey guide you to success and increase your awareness of other people.”
“Mark Bowden and Tracey Thomson give us a front row seat to understanding nonverbal communication and human behavior. Truth and Lies shows us how to come off autopilot and get it right each and every time.”
“What you think you know about body language? Probably lies. What’s in this book? A way of getting to the truth. Bowden and Thomson share a simple, tested process to help you figure out what’s really going on with that other person, in business and in life.”
“A masterwork life-coaching manual. With advice from other leading experts in nonverbal behavior, Mark Bowden and Tracey Thomson bring you a rounded view and new system for how to understand and use body language in a wide variety of life situations.”
“The cluttered space of body language clickbait continues to grow, but Truth and Lies clears a path to clarity and focus.”
“A thoughtful and remarkable book, by two thoughtful and remarkable people. This year’s must-read on nonverbal communications and human behavior.”
“The authors are true body language detectives. I wish I had learned their SCAN technique years ago. Brilliant and informative, this is a must-read for anyone after the truth.”
“Just when you think you know people (or how to read them) out comes a book like this. In business? In a relationship? In a family? This book is for you. I could not put it down, and I now question everything very differently.”