In the tradition of the international bestseller Manwatching, THE BOOK OF TELLS, by former Big Brother
resident psychologist, reveals how you can read other people’s minds – and your own.
A TELL IS AN ACTION THAT TELLS YOU WHAT SOMEONE IS THINKING, EVEN IF THAT PERSON DOESN’T KNOW IT THEMSELVES. AND TELLS ARE HIGHLY INFORMATIVE…
The way you stand when you’re talking to others, how you move your feet, your hands, your eyes – even your eyebrows – says a lot about your commitment to a conversation and your underlying attitude. Your actions and stance can also affect how long you get to talk and how often you get interrupted. Even when you’re seated, the position of your arms and legs provides a wealth of information about your mood and intentions, showing whether you feel dominant or submissive, preoccupied or bored. But Tells aren’t confined merely to conversations; when you are alone you are constantly shifting your body – and each movement, each gesture provides clues about your state of mind.
In this illuminating book, Peter Collett, social psychologist, former Oxford don and Big Brother’s resident psychologist, introduces us to the fascinating concept of Tells, showing how they work, where they come from and how to identify and iterpret them. Whilst sentizing readers to the motives and actions of other people, this invaluable guide also focuses on the messages that we unwittingly send, and the impact that these might have on those around us.
Comprehensive and accessible in its approach, and written in the tradition of the international bestseller, Manwatching, THE BOOK OF TELLS offers a new, unifying vocabulary for understanding human communication and social influence – and a unique opportunity to read yourself, and others.
Dr Peter Collett is a social psychologist. For many years he taught and conducted research studies at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. He has co-authored two books, including Gestures: Their Origins and Distribution with Desmond Morris, and is the author of Foreign Bodies: A Guide to European Mannerisms. He has appeared in various television documentaries and is currently resident psychologist on the hugely popular Channel 4 series Big Brother. He lives with his family in Oxford.
‘It is quite an eye-opener to discover what a devious game we humans play with our unwitting messages of communication’