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Body Language by Julius Fast

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An Alphabet for Movement

Is There a Language of Legs?

As kinesics and body language became more generally known and understood, what started as a curiosity soon became a science, what started as an observable fact soon became a measurable fact, and also, unfortunately, what became a science also became an exploitable situation.

The fact that in times of stress a baby will suck his thumb, a man will bite his nails or knuckle, a woman will spread her hand across her chest are all curious gestures but an understanding of body language makes us realize that the child is sucking his thumb for security in a symbolic return to the comfort of the mother’s breast. The man has substituted the socially acceptable nail-biting or knuckle-biting for ...

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