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

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

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80 Responses

  1. Luke says:

    The first one with the flowers is exactly like the scene in inglorious bastards which is a classic movie btw. I don’t wanna spoil it but when the spy ordered a drink.

  2. TheMoon says:

    6:50 “If you see rapid movements of the feet, you might be dealing with an Irish riverdancer!”

  3. Melissa McQueen says:

    I’m engaging a permanent “welcome to Chili’s” mode after watching this.

  4. Dylan Tubby says:

    Joe: “I know your blink rate is 8 times a minute”

  5. J Kay says:

    “I know your blinkrate is about 8 times a minute” in the space of time when he said that he blinked seven times in seven seconds WHAT’S HE HIDING.

  6. MoistCake says:

    Y’all couldn’t give the man a more comfortable chair smh

  7. Mr. Drake says:


    …your feelings

  8. TwistedX says:

    when he talked about blink rate…i forgot how to blink normally ?

  9. ana says:

    Me: **watching this video***
    My FBI agent: bruh I know this guy

  10. Funny Fox says:

    *_So, what are you sitting for?_*
    *_I held the flowers wrong way…_*

  11. Juu Juu says:

    He: Blink rate is 8 times a minute
    Also he: blinks 8 times in 10 seconds

  12. headwardo says:

    This is actually pretty helpful as an artist interested in drawing comics and graphic novels.

    • socks says:

      i was thinking this same thing

    • Kamryn Trammell says:

      Or even an author

    • cattysplat says:

      Problem is your drawing for an audience for entertainment, so most of your displays of character stills will have to be exaggerated. Also a lot of information in body language is in perpetual movement, rather than the suggestion of movement or a one off motion. Someone scratching themselves is 99% of the time doing it because they are scratching an itch, but common misconception of body behaviour believes otherwise.

    • Kamryn Trammell says:

      cattysplat I wouldn’t say that’s a problem. Many of these nonverbal movements can still be exaggerated to appeal to an audience. And just in general make characters seem more human.

  13. ThatOneDesperateGuy ThatAsksForLikesAndSubs says:

    Opens mouth
    FBI: ur about to say something

  14. Zhabber Zhabber says:

    6:56 says that when someone crosses legs it means that the person feels threatened.
    6:58 crosses legs

  15. 916-SAC-TOWN says:

    what have you learned?

    If I hold bought flowers the wrong way, I may end up being interrogated in Guantanamo Bay

    • Micheal Rows says:

      Y’all have learned dido… flowers without chocolates is the wrong way to go!

    • hKPmZ786W4JG7Rgq says:

      He was already a suspect ? The FBI doesn’t interrogate anyone who holds their flowers wrong

    • Jarl Balgruuf says:

      +maungthomas wow generalizing based on coordinates, says more about your culture lol

    • Cheng Tang says:

      +maungthomas Except they were assuming he would hold flowers like an American because he was pretending to be American. So if they suspected he wasn’t American, then they’d be looking for any sign he wasn’t acting like one. And the point is that the guy DID know about other people’s cultures, or he wouldn’t know that Eastern Europeans hold flowers like that.

    • Yael Merlino says:

      +Cheng Tang precisely.

  16. alanaralston says:

    Are you saying that all this time, Simon Cowell just needs a hug?

    • Tracy Sault says:

      Should be top comment, lol.

    • Judith Nagle says:

      Did he pay you to post that? I wish I could get the psycho off my recommended list along with *ELLEN*. Oh well, I’ll just have to keep deleting them. No offense, just the thumbnails are enough, especially first thing in the morning! My YouTube channel is plastered with them every day and still, I refuse to see. They’re hacking my phone with a few other official *published*. No doubt.

  17. Jon Kizuka says:

    Imagine dating this agent’s daughter…

    FBI Agent: ur tryna smash huh ?

  18. Salpsan says:

    I carry flowers in my teeth to trick people into thinking I am a flamenco dancer.

  19. Totally Blind says:

    “i know your blink rate is about 8 times a minute”

    me: **starts blinking intensively**

  20. Romée Bosgoed says:

    Me: itches at my arm because i have eczemia

    FBI agents: COUGHT YA!

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