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

  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • 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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Comments • 22 771

  • Xx Montage xD
    Xx Montage xD  2 hours back FBI : if they're crossing their feet that's mean the question threatening them .
    Also Former FBI : 6:58

    • Никол
      Никол  3 hours back

      ..” i look at the legs..” proceeds to strategically lay the doll in a semi suggestive way across the top of the book while subtly revealing a leg.

      • Ana Cabell
        Ana Cabell  5 hours back


        • Fran R.
          Fran R.  6 hours back

          Why am I imagining myself in school just telling everybody off for lying and stuff when this clearly won’t happen

          • ABJEC T
            ABJEC T  10 hours back

            Dude thx now I know what to do at the principals office

            • Infamous Noob
              Infamous Noob  13 hours back

              Me:*Typing This Comment*

              FBI:"Open This Fuc-

              • Nickolay Sheitanov
                Nickolay Sheitanov  13 hours back

                Dumbest spy ever lol. I was born in eastern-europe and that is indeed correct 100% but it is a very stupid way to be found out, shows lack of cultural knowledge of the country you are trying to spy in. I guess could be a force of habit or something.

                • Sir Jameson Smith
                  Sir Jameson Smith  15 hours back

                  *watches 15 minute video*

                  FBI Spy Hunter

                  • Opal Wolf
                    Opal Wolf  19 hours back

                    The only body language I’ve really noticed is with myself and it’s when I’m nervous or in an uncomfortable situation I fiddle with my watch and if it’s not there I fiddled with my wrist

                    • Renata Reynolds
                      Renata Reynolds  20 hours back

                      Sherlock 😂

                      • UniquecornYania
                        UniquecornYania  20 hours back

                        Bruh I didn read his name in the video I was so focused on his face and when the book showed, I was like "Its the same with Joe Navarro's What every body is saying" and I look at again at the beginning of the video and saw ITS ACTUALLY JOE NAVARRO HIMSELF IN THE MF VIDEO 💀💀💀😂😂 my man Joe

                        • Takumi Fujiwara
                          Takumi Fujiwara  23 hours back


                          FBI: T H I S M A N I S H I T L E R

                          • TamponGod
                            TamponGod  23 hours back

                            This is staged.Girl playing poker had a brown shirt and then changed to black

                            • John Pettingill
                              John Pettingill  1 days back

                              Did anyone notice this guys feet??? They're moving around the whole time!! LIAR

                              • Saniko
                                Saniko  1 days back

                                As an Eastern European, I can tell you that we in fact do not always carry flowers around like that ,and that we’ve never cared to think about the way we hold it 🗿😂😂

                                him: that’s how they hold flowers in Eastern Europe

                                The entirety of Europe : _bruh_

                                • Zil Co
                                  Zil Co  1 days back

                                  This guy’s body language is all over the map.

                                  • M.Hasnain Rehmat
                                    M.Hasnain Rehmat  1 days back

                                    The way you're shuffling in the chair denotes bit of anxiety you're going under

                                    • Dalia M
                                      Dalia M  1 days back

                                      I would hate to play poker with him.

                                      • katie :/
                                        katie :/  1 days back

                                        why did the woman’s shirt change???

                                        • meriem meriem
                                          meriem meriem  1 days back

                                          Does he have a book?

                                          • fuck boy
                                            fuck boy  1 days back

                                            Spy: *holds flowers*

                                            Flowers: *im about to end this whole mans career*

                                            • Cruizinq
                                              Cruizinq  1 days back

                                              Imagine having anxiety and this guy in a suit comes flaring questions at you. BOOM arrested

                                              • Linn Erle
                                                Linn Erle  1 days back

                                                “You can have a poker face, but you can’t have a poker body”

                                                • UnholyBuddhist
                                                  UnholyBuddhist  1 days back

                                                  Read his book. He’s the real deal GEEZ

                                                  • xXJena StarXx
                                                    xXJena StarXx  1 days back

                                                    Watching this so I can see who is lying to me in school :P

                                                    • Fred Schartz
                                                      Fred Schartz  1 days back

                                                      I involuntarily twitch as a side affect of medication. If you do not know this, is the twitching going to be some kind of deterrent to reading body language. What about a person who has cerebral palsy and does not have control of his movements?
                                                      As a welfare eligibility worker, this information is helpful, in that it can trigger the EW to ask more questions in detail of the subject the client is telling you.

                                                      • Comrade Corbachev
                                                        Comrade Corbachev  2 days back

                                                        Wtf, i don't do any of these

                                                        • Dea Andrea
                                                          Dea Andrea  2 days back

                                                          Shoot I'm tempted to get his book

                                                          • TyRackTDP
                                                            TyRackTDP  2 days back

                                                            11:25 Look at her shirt
                                                            11:32 Now look at her shirt


                                                            • rei of sunshine
                                                              rei of sunshine  2 days back

                                                              Me, trying not to count my blinks after he said we blink 8 times per minute : 👁👄👁

                                                              • John the Revelator
                                                                John the Revelator  2 days back

                                                                He says: "Your blink rate is about 8 times a minute.." Then proceeded to blink 8 time in under 20 seconds.

                                                                • Thomas Gunkler
                                                                  Thomas Gunkler  2 days back

                                                                  I'm a spy... Or I have an anxiety disorder.. I do all this stuff all the time...

                                                                  • sempretallysmom
                                                                    sempretallysmom  2 days back

                                                                    Finally, a video actually worth watching. I feel soooo validated right now. A coworker was trying to get me fired during a conversation with our manager. I had perfectly logical reasons for doing each thing she accused me of. Finally, exasperated, she said, "Well look at her! Her arms are closed (I was "self hugging" during the entire conversation). That says right there that she is closed [to taking direction]."
                                                                    What she didn't know was that right before she joined the conversation with our manager, I had remarked how cold it was and then covered my arms to keep warm. He and I were having a pleasant conversation and I was cold. She made herself look like a fool.
                                                                    Not only did I not get fired, but when she tried to go over the manager's head, he wrote a glowing report about me.
                                                                    Crazy chick ended up losing custody of her child years later. #karma.

                                                                    • Minnie G
                                                                      Minnie G  2 days back

                                                                      I have social anxiety.
                                                                      I'm always nervous,
                                                                      Never comfortable.

                                                                      • Atuffies Stuffies Aiko

                                                                        He really
                                                                        *opened up* didn’t he

                                                                        • Canthinkofaname 27
                                                                          Canthinkofaname 27  2 days back

                                                                          Im not a talker much but around new people after a few minutes i talk alot

                                                                          Tf is going on

                                                                          • Parkour Hub
                                                                            Parkour Hub  3 days back

                                                                            You remind me of the American guy in Anna. He caught her coz of how she holds her bag

                                                                            • Lola Lilac
                                                                              Lola Lilac  3 days back

                                                                              He must be god in poker

                                                                              • account1
                                                                                account1  3 days back

                                                                                lmao i should be reviewing but okay,,

                                                                                • Hrithik Kumar
                                                                                  Hrithik Kumar  3 days back

                                                                                  Who else got this in their recommendation randomly and thought (hmmm... Now i can lie better but do the same things after 2 minutes)

                                                                                  P.S- the comment by "erotic tomato" is the best comment, if you haven't read it then go find it

                                                                                  • Strangelife
                                                                                    Strangelife  3 days back

                                                                                    He looks literally like a typical FBI agent in any movies 😂

                                                                                    • Laurel Branch
                                                                                      Laurel Branch  3 days back

                                                                                      Him: crossing arms is usually never done unless in public
                                                                                      Me: *Unconsciously crosses arm*

                                                                                      • Jean-Philippe Razal
                                                                                        Jean-Philippe Razal  3 days back

                                                                                        Can you imagine if this dude watch movies and just analyzes the whole thing

                                                                                        • Justice Taylor
                                                                                          Justice Taylor  3 days back

                                                                                          FBI Open up!!!

                                                                                          • Stuckyislife
                                                                                            Stuckyislife  3 days back

                                                                                            me: *watches FBI videos*
                                                                                            me: i will become a spy!
                                                                                            my FBI agent: oh girl, i am so proud of you!

                                                                                            • Stuckyislife
                                                                                              Stuckyislife  3 days back

                                                                                              normal civilian: *running*
                                                                                              FBI: why are you running?! why are you running?!

                                                                                              • Nick ten Bokum
                                                                                                Nick ten Bokum  3 days back

                                                                                                I´m sure this guy knows his stuff and all, but I can´t help but think that he´s reading into everything to much.

                                                                                                • Helios0330
                                                                                                  Helios0330  3 days back

                                                                                                  Ok but who is the cute Asian guy???