New to Body Language and Emotional Intelligence?

Thursday, January 27th, 2022 by Harry.

New to Body Language and Emotional Intelligence? here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Finding something new that you are fascinated about is equally exciting as it can be daunting. There is so much information that it can be challenging to know where to start and what to trust.  This is certainly the case when it comes to body language and emotional intelligence. 

When we started (for some of us, over 40 years ago), we had to fight these same battles and wished there was a curated list of resources that would give us the facts, and not the fiction. 

While we could not be more proud of the training programmes we have developed, we understand training is not always the best place to start for someone new to the field. It’s a sizeable investment, and you need to feel comfortable you are making the best decision for yourself. 

In that regard, here we will list some of our favourite resources that are perfect for any ‘newbie’:


Book cover of - Blink - Malcolm GladwellBlink: by Malcolm Gladwell

This book explores how snap judgments (following your gut) can be far more effective than overthinking things. We like this book as trusting your gut plays a significant role in reading and understanding the behaviour of others. We all have an innate ability to make quick judgments, and while sometimes this can get us into trouble, they help us survive and thrive more often than not. 


Book cover of The Emotional Brain - Joseph LeDouxThe Emotional Brain: Joseph LeDoux

Professor Joseph LeDoux is a professor at the Centre of Neural Science at New York University. While Joseph is at the forefront of our understanding of the brain and its relationship to our emotions, he has thoughtfully and purposefully written the Emotional brain in a way that is accessible to everyone. There is no jargon or ego here, just a delightful insight into how emotions are ignited in the brain. Joseph is also in a rock band called the Amygdaloids, who perform rock-based music drawn from research about the mind and brain… Need we say more? 😎


Book cover of Getting to the Truth - Cliff LansleyGetting to the Truth: Cliff Lansley #selfplug 😳

Cliff Lansley is the managing director of the Emotional intelligence Academy and emotional intelligence and body language expert. With over 40 years of experience within the learning and development sector, and an incredible ability to connect with his audience, Cliff is one of the best educators you’ll find. His ability to distil complex knowledge, skills, and ideas into easily digestible (and applicable) content makes his work and this book a great place to start. Written as a practical manual in body language, emotion, and deception detection, this book not only informs, it build your skills. 


Book cover of Emotions Revealed - Paul EkmanEmotions Revealed: Paul Ekman

Paul Ekman is a leading psychologist within the world of emotion and deception. His early work and discovery that certain facial expressions of emotion are universal (a belief held by Charles Darwin before him but never conclusively proven) is one of the most significant findings within the field. This book explores Ekman’s work in-depth and takes you on a tour through the 7 universal expressions of emotions.


Video Content:

EIA’s YouTube Channel #selfplug2 😳

While we don’t have the most extensive catalogue of videos yet (that will change in 2022), everything you find on our channel is produced by us, and therefore you will find no bull****. Everything is based on sound research, so you can trust what we discuss is widely supported and rooted in solid research. That’s not to say we don’t have our opinions, though. Like any science, there is still plenty we don’t know/haven’t proven yet. We are always excited to discuss these areas and provide our thoughts; however, we will always let you know this upfront. The goal of our channel is to teach first, entertain second. On the channel, you can expect to find videos on body language, verbal and non-verbal behaviour, deception detection, facial expressions, communication, and emotional intelligence. 

FakingIt – Discovery+

Okay, okay, technically another self-plug – this true-crime documentary features two of EIA’s team – Dawn Archer and Cliff Lansley. With that said, this fantastic TV series takes a close look at some of the world’s most notorious criminals and takes an in-depth look at their body language, language use, and personality traits. By analysing the individuals verbal and non-verbal behaviours during police interviews, news broadcasts, and public appeals, the experts unravel critical bits of information and behaviour and peel back the layers of the criminals’ deception to uncover their motives and desires. 

Lie to Me – Fox (Available on Disney+)

Lie to me is a fictional TV drama about a lie detection expert called Cal Lightman (Played by actor Tim Roth). Cal lightman runs the consultancy firm ‘The Lightman Group’, a team of psychologists and gifted body language and deception detection experts who work with organisations and individuals to help get to the truth. While we would never suggest you take what you see on the programme as factual, there is a lot within the first two seasons that stay close to the science about lies and credibility, that if for nothing more, is entertaining and a good way of building further interest around the field. The show definitely goes off the rails beyond season 2 as it takes a weird and over the top diversion away from any science, so do bear that in mind. 

Lie to Me

Harry Lansley
Article by Harry Lansley

Specialist in Micro/Subtle Expressions and Behaviour Analysis. Harry is certified to the highest level in the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) used for the objective measurement of facial muscle movement.

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