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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  • Sorlid
    Sorlid 21 hour ago

    im autistic so i have no readable body language XDDDD

  • The Spotlight Kid
    The Spotlight Kid 21 hour ago

    My god, i blink far more than 8 times a minute, what am i hiding? what am i up to? am i subconsciously planning something dodgy? i cannot trust me now but i know that & i'll expect me to triple-bluff myself into doing something criminal so should i warn the police now? that could help in court after the deed is done & they'll read my forehead to see i'm normally a good person

  • Broken Heart
    Broken Heart 21 hour ago

    I like how must of the people are making memes about this 🤣🤣🤣

  • Tristan Visser weeping angel hybrid alpha wolf 19

    There always watching say hi to me if u see mee my fbi agent

  • ncode03
    ncode03 22 hours ago

    I cross my arms usually because I'm cold, especially in the movies. I am doing it in privacy of my own room too, nothing to do to self soothing

  • Oscar Fernandez
    Oscar Fernandez 22 hours ago

    most of this is BS....

  • Go Jo
    Go Jo 22 hours ago +1

    A narcissist usually talk with their hands a they say.

  • Ffion Owen
    Ffion Owen 22 hours ago

    So just wondering do people with Aspergers (like me) make it easier or harder as I've heard whilst Men don't show much emotion in face, Women tend to over express?

  • Kev Joe
    Kev Joe 22 hours ago

    “Espionage is no where near what we see in movies”? THIS GUYS A LIAR!!!! By the time it gets introduced to the public it’s already 20 years old.
    This guy is lying.

  • SøDøllsøme
    SøDøllsøme 22 hours ago

    Time to go be a profiler at criminal minds I have enough knowledge

  • Matthew Hart
    Matthew Hart 22 hours ago

    "Paint me like one of your French models" 6:35

  • Mozilla
    Mozilla 23 hours ago

    Me: Pulls out gun


  • people am I right?!
    people am I right?! 23 hours ago

    I swear to God that is not how we hold flowers in Eastern Europe

  • struggling constantly
    struggling constantly 23 hours ago +1

    “your blink rate is around 8 times a minute”
    thanks for making me think about my blinking and guess what

    now youre aware of your own breathing

    • dirt bert
      dirt bert 21 hour ago

      struggling constantly u just made me b aware of my heart beating

  • Atroxx Resal
    Atroxx Resal 23 hours ago

    0:42 How do we get in their heads and how we kill them*

  • Jonaz Kjær Wezelenburg

    what if im scratching my balls? what does that say?

  • Murad Khan
    Murad Khan Day ago

    I bet no one will learn my body language these are just lie that they show you 😎

  • Steve Miller
    Steve Miller Day ago

    Sitting in the chair, one foot back, he's hiding something

  • Sly
    Sly Day ago

    I think the Asian guy is a spy.

  • krupted botvirus

    in the game poker: the guy to right , look like walter white .... arrest him

  • Booty Controversy

    lol I cross my arms more when I'm on my own, cos if I'm talking to people I gesture and if I"m stressed I get in their face. Arm crossing for me is mostly to keep warm I reckon. it's comfy when you're leaning back in a chair.

  • sammy wauneka
    sammy wauneka Day ago

    fbi: "you know how i know that you know that we know that both of us know how we know who you are? because only other countries do it."

  • philtre man
    philtre man Day ago

    This guy's wife probably shot him. lol

  • Rifat Chowdhury
    Rifat Chowdhury Day ago +1

    This guy would win every poker game he played.

  • Orlando Gonzalez


  • Dark Knight
    Dark Knight Day ago

    Just think of the non verbal conversation between him & Sherlock(or anyone close to him) would go down

  • aRandomNerd
    aRandomNerd Day ago

    Me: coughs cause I have a cold


  • Noer Garra
    Noer Garra Day ago

    RED : Retired Extremely Dangerous...
    Knowledge is type of weapon too

  • NaGz Vevo
    NaGz Vevo Day ago +3

    I can read body lingo very well.. so can you, what's this? 🖕

  • 14104 x1
    14104 x1 Day ago +1

    Do they just forgot that criminals and future-criminals are watching these videos too?

  • Javier Barrientos
    Javier Barrientos Day ago +1

    Very interesting and revealing thanks

  • Sunny Wakefield
    Sunny Wakefield Day ago

    OKAY...THIS IS F.B.I...AND N.S.A..!!!

  • Gaudium Felidae
    Gaudium Felidae Day ago

    If he start bulging down there he might like you
    If she start bulging she might be thai

  • HSandrw
    HSandrw Day ago

    Thanks this was completely useless

  • Shots Fired by James Wills

    flower shop video - not a lot to go by - other than the fact that a man walks out holding the only thing they sell in a flower shop UPSIDE DOWN. Keen eye agent.

  • Pulsary
    Pulsary Day ago

    This is actually a necessary skill to have in this world as you come in contact with humans constantly

  • Van Dern TAK
    Van Dern TAK Day ago

    11:42 Why her shirt changed?

    FILM REELS Day ago

    we identify and remove gangs, it is not single people, they worked as a group, a criminal gang the area is swept clear. and we will make more incarcerations until the rest of their criminal gang is ended, and drained for good.

  • Drew Blanche
    Drew Blanche Day ago +2

    One of his legs is bent. He is working for the enemy :)

  • Lisa Munroe
    Lisa Munroe Day ago

    As an Empath, I would love to have an assessment, because I wonder whether I'm perhaps more perceptive to body language &/or if that's all there is to it or am I accessing information some other way. I have no doubt that what I do & am is real, but I want to know what is happening scientifically.

  • blondwiththewind

    Me: I avoid shaking hands with people.
    FBI: Antisocial?
    Me: Health care professional.

  • Le Diable
    Le Diable Day ago

    FBI OPEN UP !!

  • Beyond Enfinity
    Beyond Enfinity Day ago

    Lol, what a load, this is all body language of drug users

  • Mueqa Trae
    Mueqa Trae Day ago

    MOM: pissed...
    FBI: her body knows a lot of languages

  • WhtSnwRvn
    WhtSnwRvn Day ago

    That Asian guy is so hot it's distracting

  • Leisure Larry
    Leisure Larry Day ago

    Guide for Npcs hsha

  • Leisure Larry
    Leisure Larry Day ago

    You are brainwashed

  • jeronimo miller
    jeronimo miller Day ago

    He said "ATM machine"

  • c h i l l e d m e m e

    I do alot of the self pacifying things, I cross my arms, I rub my legs. It is soothing. Especially rubbing legs. Idk about it, it just relaxes me.

  • B AM
    B AM Day ago +1

    The flowers? Seriously?
    If he ever talked to a florist, then he knew that flowers should be better carried with the heads down. They are cut off and bouncing around with their head up is stressing them more than with the head down. Once they sit in the vase they are still and the stress is less. But you can see that the head is heavy as it bends down first when they get older. I started doing that when I got told it so I must be eastern European?
    Has he ever counted his blinking rate? It's 8 times within 10 seconds!

  • Pricilla Mac
    Pricilla Mac Day ago

    My ex use to love doing the exact opersite when it came to body language. He enjoyed confusion. Huh who knows why. Very interesting, I say, rubbing my chin, tilting my head and clasping my fingers together tightly.. OMGosh!

  • William inUS
    William inUS Day ago +1

    Capitalists always lie. They are too greedy to ever be patriots. Just arrest the greed capitalists and our world will be much better and safer! Problem solved!

  • ruby scott
    ruby scott Day ago

    I find the video interesting but I am not convinced of its usefulness as a constructive tool of the justice department for the general population of the United States. If half of what he says is accurate why are so many of it’s black citizenry experiencing so much violation of their civil rights? Even MLK was on the FBI most watched list of anti American nationalist.
    What about the recent congressional hearings that forced the FBI representatives to admit that the created label of extremists black nationalist had no actual reality or application to any black civil rights movement in the US? I think all of the participants in the video are actors following a script.

  • urbex 2019
    urbex 2019 Day ago

    Please tell the person being filmed which camera is on and recording. Filming the side of their faces is not a good idea. It makes them look stupid. Why have people started doing that?

  • ilove2929
    ilove2929 Day ago

    thanks for clearing up misconception of deception behaviours, which apparently is just self soothing. i hope we have recuiters or HR people watching this. lol

  • biz foto
    biz foto Day ago

    Causing unnecessary paranoia and suspicion. He seems really nervous look at his hands squeezing, wiggling fingers in the first frames also .40 secs. Why is he also twitching his feet? Totally out to lunch - I studied Kung Fu after being sucker punched in a bar at a young age so I would never Telecast my Feelings unless I thought it would help the situation. I am far more aware of my surroundings now because of that incident so it's just a normal part of my life. Most Serial Killers were friendly like John Wayne Gacy - Said the Spider and the fly....

  • monstersince
    monstersince Day ago

    children are better at this. am i 5

  • tom bakowsky
    tom bakowsky Day ago

    Causing unnecessary paranoia and suspicion. He seems really nervous look at his hands in the first few frames. Why is he twitching his feet? Totally out to lunch - I studied Kung Fu after being sucker punched in a bar at a young age so I would never Telecast my Feelings unless I thought it would help the situation. Most Serial Killers were friendly like John Wayne Gacy - The spider and the fly

  • STDrepository
    STDrepository Day ago

    wtf? flower carrying position? Why not just send someone to talk to him and see if he has an accent?

  • Lina Horn
    Lina Horn Day ago

    imma join the fbi so i can get rich in gambling

  • Frank C
    Frank C Day ago +1

    Body language is for noobs.

  • Luis Pedraza
    Luis Pedraza Day ago

    *And This Is How I Almost Got Away With It*

  • George Morton
    George Morton Day ago +1

    why does this seem
    like horseshite?

  • rite time
    rite time Day ago

    This could be true for Americans and Europeans but orientals do have different body language and difference of signs which they communicate through..... This does not apply on all

  • Garrfield Todd
    Garrfield Todd Day ago

    This dipshit a lier. He trying to get you to worry about others. I want to hear about the Aliens!!!

  • CanadianBullFrog

    Me: Dressing up as a frog on Halloween.
    FBI: mentally unstable

  • Nottellin noone
    Nottellin noone Day ago

    If you wanted to screw them up you can do them all one at a time one after the other

  • Katie Cochran
    Katie Cochran Day ago

    4:00 or because you do illegal tactics such as waterboarding and refuse to admit it. 🙄

    HAZ3BABLES Day ago

    Shuffles chip
    Nope just boredom

  • Ryan
    Ryan Day ago

    I want this guy to watch "The Americans" and talk about some of the trade craft they use, would be cool to hear some of his stories

    HAZ3BABLES Day ago

    Moves feet
    Thump thump thump FBI OPEN UP

    HAZ3BABLES Day ago

    Maybe your arms are tired and your resting but nope you need self soothing or covering your mouth maybe your just being respectful

  • Sumit Mahawar
    Sumit Mahawar Day ago

    So basically a good poker face would spoof this guy

  • Dick Plummer
    Dick Plummer Day ago

    I can read his body language and it's Parkinson's disease.

  • Dr.Z S
    Dr.Z S Day ago

    Crossing your arms is also a psychic technique to protect their life force.

  • Natalija Laonar
    Natalija Laonar Day ago +2

    Me: Lips drawed back, face sligtly puffed, shaking a litle
    Him: What are you hiding?
    Me: *burst out laughing* Just finished reading the coment section of this video!

      HAZ3BABLES Day ago +1

      Im dying cause of all these comments

  • Christo D.
    Christo D. Day ago

    Waste of time

  • smminco
    smminco Day ago

    Man, nobody folded before the flop. Lemme get in this game

  • sprkymrt
    sprkymrt Day ago

    Brown shoes with that suit?

  • DasCrushinator
    DasCrushinator Day ago +3

    I'm now a wealthy poker champion. Thanks, Joe!

  • Eireann Leigh
    Eireann Leigh Day ago

    But what about sociopathic people?... Those are the only folks who most need to be sussed for our safety/knowing,
    However they are the only ones who can fool us... to do?..

  • N Hansen
    N Hansen Day ago

    I had a job working for a rental car agency and often went down to the local train station or a local hotel to pick up a customer. After a while, it became really easy to spot the person looking for the rental car. They all had this lost look where they were expecting someone to come and pick them up but had no idea who or what they'd be driving.

  • Nibroc Noel
    Nibroc Noel Day ago

    I have a beard and my wife has pointed out she knows when I'm deep in thought because I rub my chin, though I don't realize it. Is that weird?

  • Cookie Killa
    Cookie Killa Day ago +1

    How to profile someone you know nothing about.

  • Dane Anderson
    Dane Anderson Day ago

    6:53 He says they feel threatened by the question if they cross there legs then he proceeds to cross his legs

  • Zack WithaK
    Zack WithaK Day ago

    Me being interrogated for the people I killed: *tilts head*
    FBI: He's innocent. Let's stop wasting his time

  • Gr3nadgr3gory
    Gr3nadgr3gory Day ago

    Oh yeah!? READ THIS! *cartwheels in circles while flailing completely uncontrollably*

  • Eduardo Shroeder

    Eres bastante estupido

  • carmen claudia
    carmen claudia Day ago

    We carry flowers like that in Eastern Europe because this way their hads stay undamaged, because we use a lot of garden flowers, that tend to wither faster. Not like these sintetic hybrid flowers that stay fresh for long.

  • A bunny that will chew on your cables

    *The comments under this are better than the video itself*

  • diesel828
    diesel828 Day ago

    This seems more like a "science" in quotes.

  • tiny_ivan
    tiny_ivan Day ago +3

    Me: *bites lips*
    Him: You watch hentai dont you.

  • MiMi Star
    MiMi Star Day ago

    Thumbs up if you noticed that lady playing poker changed her top. At first it was grey with short sleeves, then it turned black with long sleeve while the cards were being dealt.

  • Kevin Moore
    Kevin Moore Day ago


  • tanya mcclure
    tanya mcclure Day ago

    Something border us when someone Interrogate anyone so some of this in not truth! You can not use these things! I am sorry!

  • Tadej Zorjan
    Tadej Zorjan Day ago

  • Tyler
    Tyler Day ago

    Crossed arms can also mean you're just cold

  • Green Flag Racing

    a player waiting on completing a big hand will always display some anxiety when talking, with a made hand, the anxiety goes away.

  • najmi krisnawan
    najmi krisnawan Day ago

    I realised i do most of the body language that according to him, im hiding something or im a lying( well im not, quite frankly im an open book). So to my conclusion, body language so and so isn’t reliable to say people are lying or hiding something.

  • Subash Grg
    Subash Grg Day ago +1

    Me: jerks off
    FBI: you're a virgin.