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

  • Published on May 21, 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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  • Norman Zurich
    Norman Zurich 23 hours ago

    How many persons did you kill ?

  • Jicky Farina
    Jicky Farina Day ago +1

    This poor man former fbi bla bla bla, is a big nothing and a loser. All he's telling is maybe, maybe yes, maybe no... 100% BS! I think the book will be an enormous FLOP.

  • Sara Sorensen
    Sara Sorensen Day ago

    Perfect space, I'll let you know!

  • Max Zorin
    Max Zorin Day ago

    More pseudo science sincerely communicated by someone who may actually beleive what he is saying , however, other than testimonial nonesense there is no scientific basis for his asertions. However i suspect that there are some very good econimic reasons for them.

  • C0dest3rr TV
    C0dest3rr TV Day ago

    He look like an old agent coleson

  • Patrick Simmons
    Patrick Simmons Day ago

    So analyze the person analyzing you more than they analyze you

  • Igor Smolovski
    Igor Smolovski Day ago

    Never seen anyone carry flowers that way anywhere in Eastern Europe.

  • Jose Vasquez
    Jose Vasquez Day ago

    This guy will take all of you money in a porker game. Lol

  • Y0UKA1 ヨウカイ

    I thought you American just arrest whoever that not american......or white

  • Dan Erickson
    Dan Erickson Day ago

    Learn vibrations not words.

  • D Heyes
    D Heyes Day ago

    Is there anyone out there who paid attention to how Mr. Navarro moved his right foot underneath the chair right before he began to talk about the poker players (10:32)? Once his right foot is beneath the chair, Mr. Navarro's foot enters into an almost pirouette when he commences to talk about the players. Any suggestion as to what this means?

  • Yea, Okay.
    Yea, Okay. Day ago

    He would be the most boss poker player

  • baashdi hobstocking

    "it was the flowers" (hopeful bluff projection.)
    anyone, thoughtful, who wished to carry the flowers in a more protected fashion, would hold them upside-down.

  • dee b
    dee b Day ago

    Mom's are brilliant at detecting deception 🤣

  • Teodoro Agbo
    Teodoro Agbo Day ago +1

    407k people now believe they are body language readers

    SICKMERCURY777 Day ago +2

    The WORST...

  • Cristina C
    Cristina C Day ago

    The comments on this video lol

  • Nathan Greene
    Nathan Greene Day ago

    Richard Henry Lee was a great uncle of Robert E Lee, they were both born on the same plantation in VA, on those grounds, they'd probably object to him as well.

  • Iannyyy Y
    Iannyyy Y Day ago

    *the thumbnail* | / can it be |-/ TØP?

  • Franklin David
    Franklin David Day ago +1

    this is MK ULTRA PROGRAMMING. none of this is actually true

  • Peaceful Hooligan

    What if movies are designed to teach us these behaviors to make us easier for the government to read and control.

  • forbenefitofworld

    👌each professional has his own training, but police keep learning at faster phase.

  • Ken Hudson
    Ken Hudson Day ago

    If a huge dude with a skull shaved smooth, tattoos all over, rings in ears and nose, wearing a grubby denim vest and biker boots, clutching an empty vodka bottle in one hand and a meat cleaver in the other, with an ugly scowl on his face and eyes narrowed to slits starts walking toward you in a slow deliberate manner while muttering ethnic or gender may reasonably construe his intentions toward you as being primarily unfriendly

  • connoreo45
    connoreo45 Day ago +1

    wired doing videos on FBI finding spies but wired also doing videos on CIA agents who are spies. haha

  • HaleyQuinn
    HaleyQuinn Day ago

    These comments are gold 😂

  • Catherine C
    Catherine C Day ago +1

    Maybe the fbi should read body language with their own

  • aaron berridge
    aaron berridge Day ago +1

    Just after he said we blink about eight times a minute, he must have blinked about thirteen times in twenty seconds.

  • alan moore
    alan moore Day ago +1

    how about the fact that the girl came to the poker table originally with pink shirt on and then suddenly in the next clip she is sitting down with a black shirt on?

  • Will Steel
    Will Steel Day ago

    I scratch my nose a lot. I must be a lying son of a

  • Summer Escalante
    Summer Escalante Day ago +1

    I cannot express how much it annoys me when people say crossing your arms is a "closed off" signal , I've always told them I do it for comfort. So to now hear that it is actually self soothing is extremely validating. This is truly the best body language video I have seen.

  • Ericamerica Americo

    *_... and that's how an innocent person ends up in prison._*

  • asc
    asc Day ago +1

    some people just have anxiety, pal. it don’t mean they’re guilty 😂

  • Andrew Paglio
    Andrew Paglio Day ago

    Pretty sure the only thing the FBI can tell me is how to setup conservatives. Worthless, corrupt, branch.

  • Jessica Najera
    Jessica Najera Day ago

    Anyone else here to see how many people you can catch lying for laughs? lol

  • Zoigity Zigs
    Zoigity Zigs Day ago

    I do this stuff all the time but i just cant stand still i aint hiding anything i swear

  • Sarah sulwey
    Sarah sulwey Day ago

    I have dry eyes sometimes they r very pink ,i am not a criminal

  • Anime 4 life
    Anime 4 life Day ago +1

    Anyone realize how once he has explained that when one withdraws their feet and crosses them the may feel threatened by a question but the next frame he is doing it himself

  • Declan Ferguson
    Declan Ferguson Day ago +1

    Did anybody notice how often the FBI guy blinked?

  • Declan Ferguson
    Declan Ferguson Day ago +2

    I think everyone would act differently during an interrogation, guilty or not

  • Jimins Jams
    Jimins Jams Day ago

    This is too complicated for my small brain, I can't take in too much information

  • Wayne Heath
    Wayne Heath Day ago

    FBI Wants to know your location

  • poloblueboy
    poloblueboy Day ago +2

    Didn’t really learn much

  • southsidepatrol 67

    And then Mr FBI run into a counter surveillance tradesman that know what you are looking for and how to counter it ...but hey, it's just a game, nothing personal, unless you make it personal.

  • Chrisman77
    Chrisman77 Day ago +2

    "non verbals are anything that communicates that is not a word" ohhh like a not verbal. I get it now.

  • Erin Laemmle
    Erin Laemmle Day ago +1

    Great now do something about all the sociopaths!

  • Justin Wood
    Justin Wood Day ago +1

    My autistic son is non verbal, he has taught me to read body language like a agent.

  • S Lighthouse
    S Lighthouse Day ago

    Right before @3:51 reminds me of how that German officer or soldier in the movie Inglorious bastards finds out the German officer is a spy by the way he holds the number 3 with his fingers. The scene is were they're in the bar drinking.

  • Ali Rasool
    Ali Rasool Day ago +1

    The speaker has his legs crossed again at the end and withdrawn backwards. Does he feel uncomfortable or threatened by sharing this information with us???

  • SupremeHorizon
    SupremeHorizon Day ago +1

    Then I'm looking at the butt. If there's any twerking I know somethings up.

  • Superhero Comics Takeover

    At the 06:59 mark, he has his feet in a crossed position which tells us that he's choosing his words and explanation wisely as to NOT give away secrets that the FBI/CIA use during interrogation and questioning. In other words, he's trying to manage how we perceive what he is saying. Fact.

    BUCHANAN Day ago +1

    Go at the video in the min.of 11,26 and after at 11,34 you will thank me later

  • rupert pupkin
    rupert pupkin Day ago +1

    Smart guy, master spycatcher, what happened to pollard and the stolen uranium in the 60s amongst 100s of others by youknowho dickhead?

  • Ryan Robison
    Ryan Robison Day ago

    Termination paperwork on its way.

  • TJ_ the_Insane
    TJ_ the_Insane Day ago

    I just have a question for the agent. It's seems like he is only talking about his targets, I'm sure his targets are all trained in deception. My question is, Is the average human in day to day life more or less readable with no knowledge of body language themselves?

    • southsidepatrol 67
      southsidepatrol 67 Day ago

      I have the same background as this agent and yes they are. Mannerisms are a dead giveaway of a long list of lifestyle habits and preferences

  • Dutchik
    Dutchik Day ago +2

    I usually carry flowers up. if it's windy. Or I'm cycling. What ever. I carry em down
    Not americam tho. Western european

  • 577AllWell
    577AllWell Day ago +1

    This is someone we are supposed to trust and respect....

  • Sean Casity
    Sean Casity Day ago

    My job was to catch spies, yet FBI spies on people. Do you catch yourself?

  • Faith Breeze
    Faith Breeze Day ago

    This is so good! This guy would dominate the game of mafia.

  • JanSteen Steen
    JanSteen Steen Day ago +1

    Joe Navarro thinks he's so smart, but he forgets to cover up his own lying decently.
    He uses an excessive amount of hand gestures while talking. People tend to overdo the hand gestures when they are lying.
    3:56 See how he's moving his eyes as he's saying ''In my 25 years in the FBI...''
    Did he really have to think about that so intensively, was he really with the FBI at all?
    Maybe Joe just cleaned toilets for the FBI and now he wants to make a little more money selling books
    after failing to climb up the ladder.

  • angel adolfo alfaro alvarez

    Me: spent months watching Lie to me
    Former FBI agent: I’m about to ruin this mans whole career

  • Jack K
    Jack K 2 days ago +2

    I'm American and i hold a bouquet upside down. The water drips down the stalk and gets on the petals, which looks nicer.

  • impettysmart
    impettysmart 2 days ago +2

    Agents: This person has all the signs of what we want to take down. Let's follow her closely.
    Me: *anxiety, adhd, aspergers, etc..*
    Agent: *6 months later* Well this was boring and a waste of time.
    Me: That's what you get.

  • impettysmart
    impettysmart 2 days ago

    Him: You don't know ur blink rate, you're not sitting there counting.
    Me: Great I am now.

  • impettysmart
    impettysmart 2 days ago +1

    Him: You never cross your arms, clasp your hands or put them behind you back. You must be guilty..
    Me: No, Im fat.
    Him: True

  • impettysmart
    impettysmart 2 days ago

    big people cant do too much with their hands but leave them at their side.

  • Jeremy Esters
    Jeremy Esters 2 days ago +1

    You can also read a person or get a small snapshot of who they are by there signature.

  • Fuzz Zeballs
    Fuzz Zeballs 2 days ago

    makes me laugh as i dress like a gypsie to make people think i have no money when im loaded lol

  • W.A. watson
    W.A. watson 2 days ago +1

    Cool suit and sophisticated image. Typical FBI?

  • Sora no tamashī
    Sora no tamashī 2 days ago

    Great,now i know how to cover up me being a spy.

  • Stephen Llavs
    Stephen Llavs 2 days ago

    I need to learn how to read body languages for my test later. thanks RU-clip!!! :D

  • Looma
    Looma 2 days ago +2

    You wouldnt be able to read me at all lol. I'm autistic and do a lot of these things very often, and when I'm alone.
    The other day I had my hands on my hips in the more "aggressive" way, walking through the store. I clasp my fingers together often.
    I do these things because I do not know what to do with my hands.

  • gex geko
    gex geko 2 days ago

    So what are the foot shakes>


    I am a deep deep undercover Spy for Chaos & I will defeat Maxwell Smart & Agent 99

  • Pixel_Geist
    Pixel_Geist 2 days ago +1

    when there is no evidence, FBI uses whatever they can find to convict.

    • Sherry Burrows
      Sherry Burrows Day ago

      You know that right you have to remain silent? Use it.

  • Gabriel Berki
    Gabriel Berki 2 days ago

    How do we neutralize them? Is that code for killing them?

  • Exololl Exotroll
    Exololl Exotroll 2 days ago +10

    7:53 "i know that you blink around 8 times a minute.."
    *blinks 8 times in 10 seconds*

  • Vaughna Rodi
    Vaughna Rodi 2 days ago +2

    He just taught me how to get away with a murder. Thank you sir

  • Marc Applewhite
    Marc Applewhite 2 days ago

    Funny what he said about blocking arms because I've analyzed my own arm crossings during certain situations and rarely am i trying to block out something. The idea of it being self soothing resonates way more.

  • Nickname 42
    Nickname 42 2 days ago

    Hey how are you? - Too complicated to explain RoboT

  • Nickname 42
    Nickname 42 2 days ago +1

    Holding the flowers down is not body language it is a habit.
    The extractable Information comes in an interaction with another intelligence, or an interrogation.
    Enough physical pain makes admit everyone everything, so this can't be a reliable method.

  • Howard Anderson
    Howard Anderson 2 days ago +1

    Somehow I missed the part about what any of this tells the observer... Practical application is missing?

  • CloneD Anon
    CloneD Anon 2 days ago +1

    *LAMO! They do not carry flowers like that in Eastern Europe! They carry like everyone else in the world for fucks sake LMAO!*

  • Raimey Gallant
    Raimey Gallant 2 days ago

    Great video!

  • Captain687
    Captain687 2 days ago

    feet dynamics. knowledge baby.

  • Sloe Bone
    Sloe Bone 2 days ago

    We think we can look at people and read their mind... we can’t.... people are complex. We do things for a lot of reasons.

  • annemariescheisse
    annemariescheisse 2 days ago

    FBI und weh da ist ne Maus vorbei gegangen!

  • yaboiplekka
    yaboiplekka 2 days ago

    “You can have a poker face, but you can’t have a poker body.”
    ohoho you underestimate how confusing my brain decides to be

  • Nickname 42
    Nickname 42 2 days ago +1

    Most people are not telling the truth without even knowing it the reality is just in their perception

  • Lindsay -Ken Ashworth

    His right leg is weird

  • Bożydar Grabowski
    Bożydar Grabowski 2 days ago +2

    > Navarro?
    > Special Agent?
    > Lying your way through?
    > Too much FO 2...

  • dayvie tha shyguy
    dayvie tha shyguy 2 days ago

    The actors are wearing very nice boots. Any specific reason?

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  • Valentine Michael
    Valentine Michael 2 days ago +1

    In the poker game the woman wore different shirts ... this was 2 takes ...

  • Daniel deVilliers
    Daniel deVilliers 2 days ago +1

    The FBI is run by globalist satanist TRAITORS. It was created by them for them and NO GOOD MAN RISES.

  • rattylol
    rattylol 2 days ago

    Lol, thats how I carry flowers here in little old northern England.

  • Rob Wahl
    Rob Wahl 2 days ago

    This seems like an Incredible job...

  • Saionjisan
    Saionjisan 2 days ago

    Ohhhhh I read his book I just remember!!! An its very good!

  • Saionjisan
    Saionjisan 2 days ago +1

    I looooov3 body language !!!! Its so interesting!!!