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Field Guide to Gestures: How to Identify and Interpret Virtually Every Gesture Known to Man with Other
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Finally, a field guide to interpreting more than 100 international gestures, from the wave to the finger, from the shrug to the nod.
Here’s easy access to the essential information about common (and some not-so-common) gestures you may encounter at home or abroad. Field Guide to Gestures is organized into handy sections for quick reference when time is of the essence and interpretation is everything. If a man bends his torso forward when meeting you, turn to the “Arrival/Departure” chapter to learn more about the bowing gesture. When the woman at the end of the bar flips her hair and looks your way, turn to the “Mating” chapter to learn just what she’s trying to say. And if your friend has intertwined his index finger and middle fingers as the night’s lottery numbers are being read, go to “No Words Needed” to learn more about the crossed fingers gesture.
This practical guide includes more than 100 full-color photographs of the world’s most common gestures, plus cross-referenced descriptions throughout, including historical background and common usage. Helpful step-by-step directions and detailed line drawings teach you how to perform each gesture correctly.
Furrowed brows, wiggled fingers, wrinkled noses, shrugged shoulders with so many rich and varied gestures at our disposal, it s no wonder anthropologists claim at least 90% of all human communication is non-verbal. But what do all of these signs and signals really mean? And what secrets do they reveal about the person you re speaking with? Field Guide to Gestures has the answers.
Whether you re communicating with friends, lovers, co-workers, foreigners, or strangers on the street, this handy guide will help you decipher the mysteries of human gesticulation. It features color photographs of more than 100 different gestures, plus a detailed synopsis explaining each gesture s meanings, origins, and subtle nuances (nodding yes takes on an entirely new meaning in Greece ). It s so chock-full of interesting information, you ll feel compelled to give it two very enthusiastic thumbs up
A handbook of more than one hundred body language signs and gestures includes illustrations of each accompanied by a detailed synopsis of their meanings, origins, and more subtle nuances as they vary among cultures and through time. Original.
Whether communicating with friends, lovers, coworkers, foreigners, or strangers on the street, this handy guide will help readers decipher the mysteries of human gesticulation. It features color photos of more than 100 different gestures, plus a detailed synopsis explaining each one's meanings, origins, and subtle nuances.
About the Author
Nancy Armstrong and Melissa Wagner are freelance writers living in Philadelphia. They wave their hands when they talk, and are keen interpreters of gestures glimpsed across crowded bars. They are the co-authors of Field Guide to Stains (Quirk Books, 2003).
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