Overview

Science Summary

Body language is an outward reflection of our emotional state. There are some systematic body gestures that can use to pick up the emotional state of another person. This can help tell if someone is open to you, is lying, is interested, is compatible with you etc. There is a science behind the understanding of the most universal body language cues (1,2). These cues reflect the essential states of emotion from happiness through to fear and anger. They have a basis in brain circuitry that connects our subcortical emotion and arousal systems to our prefrontal systems for behavioral output and expression (3).

  1. Ekman P (2007). Emotions Revealed, Second Edition: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life (2nd ed): Holt Paperbacks.
  2. Pease P & Pease A (2006). The Definitive Book of Body Language.
  3. de Gelder B., Van den Stock J., Meeren et al. (2009). Biobehavioral Review, 33, 3475-3484
Self Regulation Skills
Positivity-Negativity Bias

Resilience

Social Capacity

Feeling Skills
Stress Level

Anxiety Level

Depressed Mood Level

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Controlled Attention

Inhibition

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Recall Memory

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Identifying Emotions

Emotion Bias