Former FBI Agent Explains How to Read Body Language | Tradecraft | WIRED

Former FBI agent and body language expert Joe Navarro breaks down the various ways we communicate non-verbally. What does it mean when we fold our arms? Why do we interlace our fingers? Can a poker player actually hide their body language?

Check out Joe's book "The Dictionary of Body Language"
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Former FBI Agent Explains How to Read Body Language | Tradecraft | WIRED



  • I can read his body language and it's Parkinson's disease.

    Dick PlummerDick Plummer6 saatler önce
  • Crossing your arms is also a psychic technique to protect their life force.

    Dr.Z SDr.Z S6 saatler önce
  • Me: Lips drawed back, face sligtly puffed, shaking a litle Him: What are you hiding? Me: *burst out laughing* Just finished reading the coment section of this video!

    Natalija LaonarNatalija Laonar7 saatler önce
  • Waste of time

    Christo D.Christo D.7 saatler önce
  • Man, nobody folded before the flop. Lemme get in this game

    smmincosmminco7 saatler önce
  • Brown shoes with that suit?

    sprkymrtsprkymrt7 saatler önce
  • I'm now a wealthy poker champion. Thanks, Joe!

    DasCrushinatorDasCrushinator8 saatler önce
  • But what about sociopathic people?... Those are the only folks who most need to be sussed for our safety/knowing, However they are the only ones who can fool us... to do?..

    Eireann LeighEireann Leigh8 saatler önce
  • I had a job working for a rental car agency and often went down to the local train station or a local hotel to pick up a customer. After a while, it became really easy to spot the person looking for the rental car. They all had this lost look where they were expecting someone to come and pick them up but had no idea who or what they'd be driving.

    N HansenN Hansen8 saatler önce
  • I have a beard and my wife has pointed out she knows when I'm deep in thought because I rub my chin, though I don't realize it. Is that weird?

    Nibroc NoelNibroc Noel8 saatler önce
  • How to profile someone you know nothing about.

    Cookie KillaCookie Killa9 saatler önce
  • 6:53 He says they feel threatened by the question if they cross there legs then he proceeds to cross his legs

    Dane AndersonDane Anderson9 saatler önce
  • Me being interrogated for the people I killed: *tilts head* FBI: He's innocent. Let's stop wasting his time

    Zack WithaKZack WithaK9 saatler önce
  • Oh yeah!? READ THIS! *cartwheels in circles while flailing completely uncontrollably*

    Gr3nadgr3goryGr3nadgr3gory9 saatler önce
  • Eres bastante estupido

    Eduardo ShroederEduardo Shroeder9 saatler önce
  • We carry flowers like that in Eastern Europe because this way their hads stay undamaged, because we use a lot of garden flowers, that tend to wither faster. Not like these sintetic hybrid flowers that stay fresh for long.

    carmen claudiacarmen claudia9 saatler önce
  • *The comments under this are better than the video itself*

    A bunny that will chew on your cablesA bunny that will chew on your cables10 saatler önce
  • This seems more like a "science" in quotes.

    diesel828diesel82811 saatler önce
  • Me: *bites lips* Him: You watch hentai dont you.

    tiny_ivantiny_ivan11 saatler önce
  • Thumbs up if you noticed that lady playing poker changed her top. At first it was grey with short sleeves, then it turned black with long sleeve while the cards were being dealt.

    MiMi StarMiMi Star11 saatler önce
  • Lame

    Kevin MooreKevin Moore11 saatler önce
  • Something border us when someone Interrogate anyone so some of this in not truth! You can not use these things! I am sorry!

    tanya mccluretanya mcclure11 saatler önce

    Tadej ZorjanTadej Zorjan11 saatler önce
  • Crossed arms can also mean you're just cold

    TylerTyler11 saatler önce
  • a player waiting on completing a big hand will always display some anxiety when talking, with a made hand, the anxiety goes away.

    Green Flag RacingGreen Flag Racing11 saatler önce
  • I realised i do most of the body language that according to him, im hiding something or im a lying( well im not, quite frankly im an open book). So to my conclusion, body language so and so isn’t reliable to say people are lying or hiding something.

    najmi krisnawannajmi krisnawan12 saatler önce
  • Me: jerks off FBI: you're a virgin.

    Subash GrgSubash Grg12 saatler önce
  • Me: *has facial tic and blinks 25 times a minute* FBI: Your case is dismissed you're untouchable

    Sarah HoitsmaSarah Hoitsma12 saatler önce
    • You may have tourette's like me

      Demon DudeDemon Dude5 saatler önce
  • I think carrying flowers upside down is wrong it could ruin the flowers probably a style in Europe when they do carry them upside down

    Frankie's super crazy channelFrankie's super crazy channel13 saatler önce
  • Amazing

    Stella ErcolaniStella Ercolani13 saatler önce
  • I'm looking at a picture of a professor of human behaviour with a full beard and ponytail.... must tell me something is not right... WTF is wrong with him!

    jim crowjim crow13 saatler önce
  • Saying that self-soothing is "never" a sign of deception, contradicts the very-principle on which all biomechanical or bioelectrical lie-detection is based--; namely the added "stress" incurred in attempting to "pull-off" a successful "deception." What is the source of whatever "stress" they were trying to "soothe-away," "otherwise--?" While I acknowledge that they "may" just feel-threatened by the "presence," "close-proximity," or the "bearing / appearance" of the other person--; or even that this is even "more likely" to be a relative "source" of such "stress," than is "concealing deception--;" this still is nowhere-near to saying that attempting deception were "overshadowed to irrelevance or insignificance," as a source of such then "stress--." Other factors being similar or equal--; the person attempting deception will still display more tension-management behaviors than the person not attempting it. Sorry--. Thank You--.

    nickopetersnickopeters14 saatler önce
  • This reminds me of the Inglorious Bastards' beer ordering, "3 Glasses"

    Sowed CastelliSowed Castelli14 saatler önce
  • I used to tilt my head alot, people yelled at me for it so now I'm self conscious about it and tend to move my head to a more upright position

    Theo FisherTheo Fisher14 saatler önce
  • Me: the FBI wouldn’t let the *best of the best* give all these tells and tips away.. Also Me: He’s probably the worst of the worst FBI: ...

    Deranged ŁøçøDeranged Łøçø15 saatler önce
  • Or, the woman is in heels and she’s much taller than the other woman, she moves around a lot and slouches because she feels awkward. My hair is weak, I’m slouching and my eyes are red with fatigue because I have a painful illness. And I’m Eastern European born and I carry flowers by holding onto them in the middle. I hate water dripping on me, that’s why... :) you failed, but thank you for participating.

    marialiyubmanmarialiyubman15 saatler önce
  • Yes, we all USED to do those thing. Thanks.

    Straight8SStraight8S15 saatler önce
  • This agent is a rookie I've seen Lie to me twice I'm a pro now

    dmexikan16dmexikan1615 saatler önce
  • Yeah we can believe the FBI

    1 of a hundred1 of a hundred15 saatler önce
  • I practice my analytical skills by looking at her chest area.

    terence wterence w16 saatler önce
  • I have ADD/ADHD so my movements don’t be mean crap at all lol 😂

    WUWU16 saatler önce
  • 2:30 multiple mixed emotional cues. These create strange contortions. Like trump emphasizing.

    Richard BrownRichard Brown16 saatler önce
  • looking at the way he sits i can say he is lying about everything.

  • that's really quite amazing

    zaraillyzarailly16 saatler önce
  • Me: always in a state of anxiety Him: "where did you hide the bomb?"

    Skankhunt42Skankhunt4217 saatler önce
  • So you share this video so that all the real spies and criminals know what NOT to do... Good one

    Cloaked ManiaCloaked Mania17 saatler önce
  • Me: **Breaks my leg** FBI agent: Yup, this guy is plotting something

    SwagSwag17 saatler önce
  • What a player move!! Only saw the guy holding flowers like russian and confronted the guy, without any incriminating evidence, and said: would you like to know how we knew? It was the flowers. Epic.

    joonas lehtonenjoonas lehtonen17 saatler önce
  • 4:18 AIDS BRAH

    Sentinel InfinitudeSentinel Infinitude18 saatler önce
  • Love this guy and his book

    Basia SchildBasia Schild18 saatler önce
  • Not just body language, but the tone and feeling ones voice has,9:46 and 10:56 not the words, but what does his tone and feel tell you?

    Dabunny RabbitDabunny Rabbit18 saatler önce
  • Imagine him as a teacher...

    Tintswalo ShiburiTintswalo Shiburi18 saatler önce
  • In at 3:10 Flower Power.

    J AJ A18 saatler önce
  • He's just trying to sell his book

    J OakleyJ Oakley19 saatler önce
  • his pose if about sick spine, pain in butt and legs.

    sirhanasirhana19 saatler önce
  • I read his book years ago!!! Such an awesome book!

    Sebastian Leonard DimaSebastian Leonard Dima20 saatler önce
  • What a joke! In East Europe (and probably in every other part of the World) everybody hold flowers up!

    HowYesNoHowYesNo20 saatler önce
  • Me: _takes a step with the left foot first_ FBI: THIS GUY'S A RUSSIAN SPY

    Now what the hell do I put here? I ship frerardNow what the hell do I put here? I ship frerard20 saatler önce
  • In my country you kiss in both cheeks when meeting someone. You cant get more close to a stranger in a first meeting lol.

    Kike BautistaKike Bautista20 saatler önce
  • Me: sips tea with pinky out Him: he’s a British spy, where did you hide the bomb

    Bryant VickBryant Vick20 saatler önce
  • Secret service is cooler

    Bryant VickBryant Vick20 saatler önce
  • Some people are just nervous by nature. I have a hard time looking anyone in the eye while talking to them. That doesn’t mean I’m a spy it means I’m uncomfortable.

    DoeEyedFaunDoeEyedFaun20 saatler önce
  • Clown.

    MrKhronicsMrKhronics21 saatler önce
  • Do more!

    VirasmanVirasman22 saatler önce
  • 🔊 Thanks... I'm applying this right away on my wife...

    Carlos MejiaCarlos Mejia22 saatler önce
  • That scene in inglorious basterds when you order booze with the wrong three fingers....

    Amir HAmir H23 saatler önce
  • Wow, I have sleep apnea. I rarely get enough sleep as I should. I hope this guy never has to question me. LOL

    XelanderthomasXelanderthomasGün önce
  • Chickens clucking

    Radford HealsworthRadford HealsworthGün önce
  • Humans are lowsy at detecting deception eh!🧐

    Radford HealsworthRadford HealsworthGün önce
  • They carry flowers like that in Holland and they're not spies...not all of them.

    DimensionVisitorDimensionVisitorGün önce
  • You don't need to be taught this stuff. It's common sense. I guess the only thing that isn't common sense is how to verbalise what you see in an objective way that other people can understand.

    Aaron LoweAaron LoweGün önce
  • *I'm loving these comments*

    bxt.ch_bxt.ch_Gün önce
  • Me: *sneezes* FBI: "AHA! You killed Richard the florist!"

    Itija GorelickItija GorelickGün önce
  • Me: born black Him: Yup, he’s up to something

    Grand AceGrand AceGün önce
    • Same

      bxt.ch_bxt.ch_Gün önce
  • George Carlin: Government doesn´t kill people, they "neutralize" them

    Armin PrnjavoracArmin PrnjavoracGün önce
  • Body language aint real. Just a propaganda for labile slaves.

    Mr. CaligosMr. CaligosGün önce
  • Bogus lies... If we are lousy at deception how the F!! Does this man have a job LMAO

    Alex FraserAlex FraserGün önce
    • He said we, humans, are lousy at detecting deception not lousy at deception.

      Mahzabin NaruseMahzabin NaruseGün önce
  • Me: takes a step Him: you’re going through a divorce and she gets the kids

    Tzar Boris IIITzar Boris IIIGün önce
  • “Crossing your arms is like a self hug” Me: *cries in lonely while crossing my arms*

    blossomblossomGün önce
  • Similitudes. I love that new word I've never heard before.

    Landon ThomasLandon ThomasGün önce
  • He’s lying.

    Bart PetersBart PetersGün önce
  • So flowers guy, probably dead now? Lol

    Alex LimAlex LimGün önce
  • there is no way that i can survive if they don't pay me the money they owe me

    MyessYallyah AmericusMyessYallyah AmericusGün önce
  • ACAB

    Asperger PeddlerAsperger PeddlerGün önce
  • tips to avoid getting caught by fbi .*mp4*

    A European GuyA European GuyGün önce
  • Fascinating!!

    TinkDayzeepetalTinkDayzeepetalGün önce
  • Crossing your arms is a defensive posture during an interrogation when someone is feeling the pressure. Some people cross their arms to be comfortable. I look for changes during an interrogation outside the norm of their normal behavior. I've seen people turn their whole body in the chair when I make a soft accusation, then I know they're breaking. One woman started smiling all of a sudden, one guy sat up and put his shoulders back trying to look confident. They like to drink water, or yawn/cough to give themselves a moment to make something up. Also looking up to the left or right doesn't mean anything, everyone is different.

    Jeff VJeff VGün önce
  • Everyone who watched this, now thinks they're an expert.

    Jeff VJeff VGün önce
  • Nice to know that Keanu Reeves isn't lying in interviews. He always touches his mouth and chin. If it means self soothing, he is probably nervous

    selective outrageselective outrageGün önce
    • @Daniel Cortez FBI is domestic, CIA is international.

      selective outrageselective outrage8 saatler önce
    • selective outrage whats the difference between fbi agent and a cia agent?

      Daniel CortezDaniel CortezGün önce
  • Me: forgot to tip FBI: Russian targeted

    Ντέρεκ UzelΝτέρεκ UzelGün önce
  • Learned this as 35 mike

    kalbs89kalbs89Gün önce
  • what if you got weird body ticks and twitches tho and a voice in your head that occasionally takes over your body?

    malvarez1991malvarez1991Gün önce
  • Are they paid actors??

    balakumar9balakumar9Gün önce
  • *now I have an idea on how to give off the wrong signs*

    NoodleNoodleGün önce
  • One thing I noticed: Zero black males in this video....hhmm I wonder what that "says" Mr. FBI man, just saying.

    Martin TramilMartin TramilGün önce
  • women with botox be like: he he he i have a poker body

    HannahHannahGün önce
  • Tbh some times reading body language is like wrong. Like I was taught the sit with my legs crossed and one time while i was sitting in the car I felt clam and ya know, normal. But them my mom was like "why are you mad". I wasnt mad and like hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Crystal Dream AnimatesCrystal Dream AnimatesGün önce
  • Very lengthy conversations... He had trouble speaking after we removed his tongue and his half of his fingers but eventually we found out what we wanted to know.

    Wolfs Edg3Wolfs Edg3Gün önce
  • FBI agent: *spends years learning how to catch spies by the way they hold flowers* FBI Agent afterwards: *is poker mastermind*

    Apples. that is allApples. that is allGün önce
  • everybody on here making a mockery out of what hes saying, but not realizing that hes saying the truth

    Aniyah L.Aniyah L.Gün önce
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