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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  • Daniella R
    Daniella R 6 hours ago

    Jack Burns is that you? 😂😂🤣

  •  6 hours ago

    A Quote about "A Mover of the Movers"
    Excerpt of Disciples of Fortune
    ...The world gets blessed every now and then with unique souls who though burdened by their invisible crosses, still have the extraordinary strength to forge ahead in life and give others a helping hand at the same time. Despite their tribulations, most people think they are fine. Even when the weight of their crosses become unbearable, even when they proceed in a breathless manner, we still have a hard time understanding that they are drowning. In fact, we even condemn them for failing to sacrifice more...”

  • rachel smith
    rachel smith 7 hours ago

    forgets to wash hair

    police: he’s on drugs

  • Ginger
    Ginger 8 hours ago

    The part about how he could tell by the flowers reminds me so much of that one scene in Inglorious Bastards, with the American three and the German three

  • Alan Cornes
    Alan Cornes 8 hours ago

    He used “I” quite a lot as if he was still trying to sell himself . Perhaps that is just an American communication style.

  • Thomas Blackwell
    Thomas Blackwell 9 hours ago

    When I was young, I had a lot of acne. I fell asleep in the library and when I awoke, a blind man was reading my face. Does that count?

  • Gulam Mohamed
    Gulam Mohamed 9 hours ago


    RPG FLAMEZ 12 hours ago

    I’ll always look like I have anxiety so I guess I did the crime

  • Arlene Sanders
    Arlene Sanders 13 hours ago

    The dumbest "body language" is when you cross you arms and people view it as you being stand-offish or not wanting to talk. I cross my arms all the time and I simply do it because it's comfortable... nothing more

  • Koi Ang
    Koi Ang 15 hours ago

    self hug? bs lol

  • D4 B2
    D4 B2 15 hours ago

    You shook the white lady hand first shows your weakness as a FBI agent

  • Jackie
    Jackie 15 hours ago

    7:54 “I know your blink rate is around 8 times a minute. but you don’t know that, you’re not sitting there counting”
    Well I wasn’t until you said that 🙄🤦‍♀️

    PC GAMER 15 hours ago

    I have a great body language, that will make me suspect for every Case.

  •  15 hours ago

    So interesting!

  • Un_Nonimus
    Un_Nonimus 16 hours ago +9

    Ah the good ol Recommended, Bringing thousands of strangers together to watch something that didn't really want to for years now.

  • Crystal m
    Crystal m 17 hours ago

    nice. informative

  • i love little things
    i love little things 17 hours ago +1

    Poor children

  • BUSH DID 711
    BUSH DID 711 18 hours ago +1

    Joe Navarro... I wonder if he knows Frank Horrigan?

  • RaptorGamer_Y T
    RaptorGamer_Y T 19 hours ago

    What if the suspect in on a wheel chair?

  • Dr. B W
    Dr. B W 20 hours ago


  • Long Schlong McBigdong
    Long Schlong McBigdong 20 hours ago

    carry on

  • SLDJ
    SLDJ 21 hour ago +1

    We carry the flowers that way because they do not dry out. The water goes to the flower instead of leaking out.

  • Milos Jovanovic
    Milos Jovanovic 22 hours ago

    "the normal blink rate is at 8 times per minute"
    - blinks 10 times in 8 seconds.

  • Milos Jovanovic
    Milos Jovanovic 22 hours ago

    holding the flowers upside down is not how people hold their flowers in eastern europe but how any person thinking logical would hold his flowers.

  • Guy Ferrari
    Guy Ferrari 22 hours ago

    I mean they exposing their técnics

  • jan tje
    jan tje 23 hours ago

    Man covers mouth with hands.
    He a spy or just bad breath? Noone will know...

  • Nova Sky
    Nova Sky Day ago

    No such thing as a poker body... **plays the aspergers card*

  • Edisto Joe
    Edisto Joe Day ago

    The fbi has a long crooked past, a troublesome present, and a questionable future.

  • Catsaremybias
    Catsaremybias Day ago

    Am I the only one who doesn't do any of these when I'm uncomfortable 😂

  • Erik Stewart
    Erik Stewart Day ago

    I change my expression every moment now must throw these guys off my trail.

  • jose adolfson
    jose adolfson Day ago

    I just read this mans book lol

  •  Day ago +7

    So holding flowers can get you arrested and question by the FBI.

  • infernal artfices

    What is the point of saying all the things u look for in an accused out loud...He could manage to not do any of the things u mentioned by practicing

  • Cynthia Coles
    Cynthia Coles Day ago

    Question. What was the reason for the woman shirt change? She came to the table in a short light colored shirt and later it went to a dark long sleeves.

  • Elfen Lied
    Elfen Lied Day ago

    great that makes me more insecure

  • TheQsanity
    TheQsanity Day ago

    Can anyone help elaborate on the presumptive concept/method?

  • martin s
    martin s Day ago

    His body language suggests he's getting ready to sprint off the chair and run away at the first sign he's not being believed.

  • Nathan Donovan
    Nathan Donovan Day ago

    wow, what a whole lot of nothin'

  • Amid
    Amid Day ago

    This is on purpose.there is no way FBI give up its information like this,so if criminals just hold their flower down,they change it to another position.which is(they think it's) good for them. but it is more suspicious for FBI and more easy to catch them.

  • Pickles&PeachesSlimes ASMR

    My principle: your body language is very important girls,
    Him: I’ve taught my daughter well


  • Vulpes Inculta
    Vulpes Inculta Day ago

    How do I know this guy is an actual fed?

    yep hes a fed alright, only feds could be so confidently awkward.

  • Ma Boi
    Ma Boi Day ago

    is it weird that when Im lying I’m doing this so called jojo pose?

  • Werewolfzero
    Werewolfzero Day ago

    now I know what not to do when being interrogated by the teacher asking who was talking.

  • J J I T
    J J I T Day ago +1

    Who else thought of Philip J. Coulson

    iTs A mAgIcAl PlAcE

  • Ryan Lewis
    Ryan Lewis Day ago


  •  Day ago

    Crossing arms isn't self's just saying I'd really rather not be amongst these people...putting up a barrier between them and us..

  • Kyle Wilkinson
    Kyle Wilkinson Day ago +12

    Can we talk about how the girl in the poker scenario changed shirts!?

  •  Day ago +4

    It was the way the person behaved during the water boarding that told me that he was afraid to drown ^_^

  • I hate People
    I hate People Day ago +2

    Me: nobody will know im depre-

    Him: WhY aRe YoU sO dEpReSsEd!?!

  • BLexl
    BLexl 2 days ago +4

    Flowers: Europe, not just eastern Europe. Bit worrying, this lack of knowledge

  • Anton E Krog
    Anton E Krog 2 days ago

    You sit weird

  • I Dino
    I Dino 2 days ago

    What about someone with aspergers?

  • paidapps
    paidapps 2 days ago

    Not a single person in the lineup that looks like or dresses like him not to mention his whole demenour wreaks of used car salesman. Interesting.

  • OnlyIf YouKnowMe
    OnlyIf YouKnowMe 2 days ago

    He's clearly gotta pee..

  • Jason Mateus
    Jason Mateus 2 days ago

    Quite amazing!

  • Erik Molnar
    Erik Molnar 2 days ago +1

    I would hate to be the guy who takes this man's daughter on a date!

    • Crystal Doherty
      Crystal Doherty Day ago

      Erik Molnar just bring her flowers and be sure to hold them the “right” way up

  • ale
    ale 2 days ago +14

    In this clip he proves he's a member of the fbi by projecting his thoughts into our head instead of speaking

  • tallfuck1988
    tallfuck1988 2 days ago

    And then the innocent person that had anxiety and ADHD is now considered guilty and a prime suspect

  • Old Dirty Tattooed Warhorse

    missed the mark big-time on delivering on the headline... he gave a bunch of vague generaliztions of things he notices or looks for but not what they mean, the scene he broke down most thoroughly he tampered with by talking to the actors about personal space... this ep. was shite! js...

  • DakLak Digital
    DakLak Digital 2 days ago +6

    I simply never talk to cops. Just sit there dumb. Never look at the speaker. Never shake their hands, never acknowledge their existence.
    Drives them crazy.
    Last time in Toronto I was paid $15, 500 plus legal costs for 2 hours of hassle when they wrongfully arrested me.

  • i like lemons lol
    i like lemons lol 2 days ago +2

    Lungs: exhales
    FBI: You are going to breathe

  • Nwonk Un
    Nwonk Un 2 days ago

    thank you

  • greatboniwanker
    greatboniwanker 2 days ago


  • Ralph Tobias
    Ralph Tobias 2 days ago

    Well i cover my mouth when talking not because i'm lying i'm an introvert

  • Pasia Crooks
    Pasia Crooks 2 days ago

    Yea let’s all the killers know what not to do when they go in 😂

  • Aryo Wicaksono
    Aryo Wicaksono 2 days ago

    So are this video trying to counter micro-expression?

  • Hong Fei Bai
    Hong Fei Bai 2 days ago +32

    Can you do a video of Joe reacting to politicians talking?

  • Hong Fei Bai
    Hong Fei Bai 2 days ago

    So how does this apply to the HiHo video of the first death row exoneree who was questioned harshly and made to admit to something she didn't do?

    • Hong Fei Bai
      Hong Fei Bai 2 days ago

      By the way, I'm Chinese American. I have a hypothesis that we don't shrug as much as Americans.

  • Alexis B 74
    Alexis B 74 2 days ago

    ayuda p0rfavor esta viendo y sefueelsistema

  •  3 days ago

    So, you think like a woman. Lol

  • Neo Leo
    Neo Leo 3 days ago +12

    If I get your book, do the FBI and NSA put me on your watch list?

    • Edisto Joe
      Edisto Joe Day ago +2

      No, only if you comment online...

  • FBI Agent
    FBI Agent 3 days ago +1


  • Cynikal YT
    Cynikal YT 3 days ago

    *Arms to side, side side to side.*

  • Hanzo Oda
    Hanzo Oda 3 days ago

    What's up with the 10k dislikes ?

  • Hanzo Oda
    Hanzo Oda 3 days ago

    You can be a complete dumbass to know any body language .you don't to be an fbi agent .