Love Signals A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship

ISBN-10: 0312315066

ISBN-13: 9780312315061

Edition: 2006

Authors: David Givens
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Description: A world renowned anthropologist explores the nonverbal signs, signals, and cues human beings exchange to attract and keep their mates. As a medium of communication, Love's silent language predates speech by millions of years. Today, we still express emotions and feelings largely apart from words. The postures, gestures, and facial cues of attraction are universal, in all societies and cultures. According to Dr. Givens, courtship moves slowly though five distinct phases: attracting attention, recognition phase, conversation phase, touching phase, making love. Since potential mates "test" each other before uniting as one, courtship is a choreographed give and take of signs granting physical and emotional closeness. Love Signals is part enthnography and part how-to. Dr. Givens documents the little courting rituals witnessed in elevators, on subways, and in the workplace. He examines the essential role the face plays in courtship and how it can be optimally displayed. He decodes the body to find silent messages given off by shoulders, neck, arms, hands, waist, calves, ankles, feet, and toes. Dr. Givens analyzes expressive shapes, colors, and markings encoded in arm wear, shoulder wear, leg wear, and shoes. He deciphers the background messages of spaces, places and interiors to learn how environs help or hinder in the meeting process. Chemical cues emanating from aromas, tastes, steroids, sterols, and hormones strongly shape a partner's feelings, so they are explored as well. The book suggests ways to gaze, ways to read eyes across a room, and ways to sit, stand, align, walk dress, and lift a drink to participate in the fascinating adventure of finding, winning, and keeping a mate. Knowing the unspoken vocabulary of love signals will give readers an edge. What this means for courtship is that the reader becomes able to read unspoken motives, emotions, and feelings with great clarity and precision. The more readers know about the nonverbal idiom of attraction, the more likely they will find a loving, lasting partner.

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 1/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

Acknowledgments
Preface
The Five Phases of Courtship
The Nonverbal Language of Love
What Do Hands Say?
The Body Language of Strangers
An Expression You Should Never Show
Get Closer with the Familiarity Effect
Attracting with Your Eyebrows
What Is Courtship?
The Five Phases of Courtship
Show No Harm
Field Notes: The Case of the Cafeteria Courtship
Phase One: Attracting Attention
Field Notes: Restless in Seattle
The Unwritten Rules of Luring
The Bowerbird's Lure
Two Are More Attractive Than One
Showing Presence-"I Am Here"
Field Notes: They've Got Rhythm
How to Make a Silent Pass
Make a Fashion Statement
Do First Impressions Count?
Showing Gender-"I Am Male (or Female)"
What Eyebrows Divulge
Classic Cosmetology: Marilyn's Eyebrow Peaks
Reveal a Narrow Waist
Wield a Wedge
Showing Harmlessness-"I Mean No Harm"
Bare Your Throat
Move Your Shoulders
Field Notes: Successful in Seattle
Phase Two: How to Read the Gleam in an Eye
A Mismatched Courtship: Man and Bird
Positive Recognition Cues
In the Blink of an Eye
The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Isopraxism Is Courtship's Glue
The Color of Interest
A Summoning Hair Preen
Your Intentions Are Showing
Which Way Are You Leaning?
Big Eyes Like What They See
Reading a Droopy Jaw
Crossing Lines of Sight
When You Are Overlooked
Negative Cues
The Big Freeze
Courtship's Conundrum: The Cold Shoulder
Tight Lips Deter Friendships
Phase Three: Exchanging Words
No Place to Hide
A Tongue-tied Twosome
Talk About What You Both Can See
Quiz: Your Best Opening Line
Move Your Hands
Field Notes: Tete-a-tete at 40,000 Feet
Good Timing
When Primate Eyes Meet
Reading Eye Movements
More Ways to Read Lips
Words in the Right Key
Where You Talk Matters
Hot Topics
Phase Four: The Language of Touch
Touch Lightly the Brain
The First Touch
A Telltale Reach in the Crocodile
Men Handle, Women Feel
The First Embrace
The First Kiss
Seals of Love
Sparks
Phase Five: Making Love
Nonverbal Love
The Question of When
Caring Signals
Sending Sexual Cues
Sexual Worldview
Nonverbal Signs of Orgasm
Foreplay Cues
The Love Bond
"After We Made Love"-Positive and Negative Signs
The Face of Attraction
What's in a Face?
Classic Courting Faces
How a Face Attracts the Eye
Does Your Face Say What You Mean?
Eyebrow Enticements
Glasses Frame Your Face
Beauty Marks
When Eyes Meet
A Case of Love at First Sight
Hidden Meaning in Hair
Lead with Your Face
How Bodies Attract
The Venus Shape
The David Shape
The Right Stance
Details Define Differences
Anatomy of Sexual Traits
Evolution of Sexual Beauty
Deciphering Body Parts
Neck and Neck
Shoulder Speak
The Outspoken Chest
Hips and the Bottom Line
Clothing and Adornment: Dress to Obsess
The Librarian's Tale
The Attraction of Blue Jeans
Does the Shoe Fit?
Women's Shoe Secrets
Shoe Voodoo
Men's Shoes Show Strength
His and Hers Sneakers
Leg Signals
The Hidden Persuaders in Your Wardrobe
The Right Arm Signals
Mark Your Body with Natural Accessories
Shoulder Wear
Color Consciousness
Spaces, Places, and Interiors
Sit with the Beautiful People
Bubbles in Space
Unwritten Rules of Personal Space
Colors to Dine By
Right Angles in Space
Orienting in Space
Stunned in the Crystal Room
Strutting Grounds and Cruise Spots
Field Notes: Lekking at Golden Gardens
The Good Place for Courtship
Lovers in the Mist
Ulterior Motive-Interior Design
Chemical Cues
Scent of a Woman, Smell of a Man
Aroma Cues Lend Presence
Where Sexual Chemistry Gallops
The Best Kisses Are Scented
A Fruity-Floral Fragrance Says, "Approach Me"
The Best Perfumes Are Layered
A Perfume to Make You "Thinner"
Your Aftershave Should Whisper
Food Sharing and Lovemaking Are Linked
Lively Foods Enliven Courtship
Chocolate Sex Appeal
The Question of Aphrodisiacs
Aphrodisiacal Signals
Addiction to Love
Cuddle Compound
Chemical Magnetism
Staying Together-Nonverbal Cues That Bind
Passionate vs. Companionate Love
Body Language with Strangers Is Key
Body Language Predicts Marital Success
Companionate Love Signals
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
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