How To Read People Without Them Knowing

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[Music] fans love sherlock holmes for his ability to notice things that most people ignore i was wondering maybe later when you’re finished wearing lipstick you weren’t wearing lipstick before oh yeah while sherlock is a fictional character there are ways you can learn to read people in real life to better understand what they’re thinking and feeling without them saying a word no individual read will be foolproof but together they can start to paint a picture for you not unlike how sherlock deduced that john watson had recently served overseas yesterday i said afghanistan or iraq your haircut the way you hold yourself says military no town above the wrists your lips really bad when you walk but you don’t ask for a chair when you stand like you’ve forgotten about it it’s an action suntan afghanistan since the goal is to help you be more charismatic we’ll focus on reading someone’s interest comfort level and emotions we’ll also go over how you can use this to improve your dating life career or friendships while you may never match sherlock holmes detective skills you can certainly beat him in that i don’t have friends let’s start with the easiest thing reading other people’s interest the first place to focus is an obvious one the direction of their gaze most of us do this unconsciously already when we’re the ones in conversation you can tell when someone’s interested because they maintain eye contact and you can tell someone is losing interest as their gaze starts to wander where most people don’t apply this is when they’re observing other people interacting for instance let’s say you’re at a party or networking event and you see someone you want to get to know if you see them looking around a room while somebody talks to them that’s a good sign that they’re bored or uncomfortable and would welcome it if you approach their conversation for an over-the-top example from real life watch tom hardy lose interest while leo answers this interview question these men actually did this and we and within the context of if this were a social event that’d be a sign that he’s open to a different conversation the second thing you want to get better at reading is body language specifically when it comes to interest take note of the direction someone’s feet are pointing we subconsciously want to point our bodies towards people we have interest in but most people have learned not to be obvious if they like someone and so they resist that urge almost no one tries to consciously control the direction of their feet which means the feet act like a compass pointing towards people we’re interested in this works for people who are standing as well if you’re standing in a group of people keep an eye out for where people point their feet and you’ll get a clue as to who is more or less interested in you after engaging someone in conversation the next thing you’ll want to do is read their comfort level this is useful because some people are too polite to express discomfort but if you can spot it then you can save a conversation before it goes poorly some common signs of discomfort are crossed arms looking down fidgeting or shifting your stance but the sign that most often gets ignored is a rigid body here’s an exaggerated example from suits i’m alive while we’d all hopefully notice that one you’d be surprised how often people ignore this sign when it’s more subtle so let’s say you’re trying to make a sale or you’ve just put your arm around somebody on a first date if their body language stiffens and you continue to push forward you’ll likely make a bad impression but if you notice and ease off then you still have a chance to establish trust and rapport and potentially form a great relationship the next level of reading someone is learning to read their emotions sherlock sometimes goes to unrealistic lengths to read emotions like in this clip where he explains how he knew irene wasn’t faking her crush on him because i took your pulse in real life emotions can be harder to read than interest or comfort level because it’s the area people are most skilled at hiding so the question is how do you get a read on someone’s emotions when they’re actively trying to be unreadable three areas that give away key details are the face throat and chest the first thing to look for is a micro expression on the face that’s an involuntary expression that only lasts for a moment sherlock is a master at catching these small changes your pupils dilated [Music] learning how to read every single micro expression would take serious training but just being aware enough to look for them gives you a leg up on reading people because even if you don’t catch what the emotion is seeing a micro expression instantly tells you two things one something just triggered an emotion so strongly that it wasn’t possible to repress it completely two because the person didn’t allow the emotion to be expressed you know it’s a reaction that the person wants to hide for a real life example watch robert downey jr go through a range of micro expressions in his infamous channel 4 interview notice how because he’s promoting a movie he keeps trying to return to a positive face but he can’t hide the other emotions from briefly appearing i’d like to ask you about a quote you go to the new york times um and i don’t want to price if you don’t talk about it that’s fine but what you said to the new york times once was this was a clue to the interviewer that he’s entering sensitive territory unfortunately for him he was not good at reading robert that day so he plowed on and started to ask about his time in prison that question did not go over well and led to the following tense exchange watch for two things first robert makes a good read about the interviewer’s nervousness based on his leg and second robert’s mouth drops when the guy starts to speak again at the end of the clip your foot’s starting to jump a little bit you better get to your next question you um we’ll come back to this interview again in a minute when we talk about the chest but first the second area that gives you information about what someone is feeling is their throat specifically watch for a hard swallow if you see someone start to swallow their spit more frequently or more noticeably that is almost always a sign of nerve this is a very reliable sign of nervousness and it can also be helpful when you’re trying to figure out if someone is lying although not every hard swallow is a sign of dishonesty the third area that can cue you into someone’s feelings is their chest if you see someone’s breathing shift from their belly to their chest that is a sign that they’re trying to hold in a negative emotion for example watch robert downey jr at the end of this interview as he tries to hold in his anger you’ve talked in other interviews again about your relationship with your father and the role of all of that in you know the dark periods you entered and taking drugs and drinking and all of that you can see his chest starts to rise and fall more noticeably as he gets heated unfortunately the interviewer is so wrapped up in what he’s saying that he doesn’t read the signs until it’s too late and robert walks out mid-interview so those are six things specifically you can watch for if you want to get better at reading someone’s interest comfort and emotions but there’s one last thing that surprises most people if your goal is to improve your charisma then the most important person to get good at reading is yourself look at me i’m afraid john afraid specifically in areas like social situations or work meetings pay attention to any time you form a strong positive or negative opinion about someone for example let’s say you’re in conversation and catch yourself thinking wow i really like this person that’s your cue to think back to what they just did or said in a few seconds prior and consider if it’s something you can do yourself going forward in conversation that 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  1. 4:39 Or since he's an actor, a master of faking it, he reeeally knows how to use body language to scream messages even if he doesn't actually feels this way, you can see this when he was really pissed at the end of the interview, he could be very well faking it, exaggering it, using intimidation as a weapon (Tywin style, specially book Tywin) and not being that angry.

  2. That guy that made Robert Downey Jr. uncomfortable was the same guy richard Ayoade trolled in an interview. haha! I get now why he did that.

  3. Actually, body language gives us a lot of information. Sometimes I feel I read it unconsciously, but I believe if I pay more attention to these details I would interpret the people's information more efficiently.

  4. Just putting it out there that Tom Hardy wasn't disinterested in Leo. That was the first time he ate that food, and he was simply checking the label.

  5. In regards to the eye contact and reading interests – no, it's not true all of the time. Autistic people are challenged on maintaining eye contact, so it's not something you can say 100% accurate.

  6. I don't think that RDJ Interviewer didn't or couldn't read the signs. I think he could and he did. He was fully aware of what he's doing and he pushed on any way.

  7. Best way to understand someone body language is thinking how would you react if you were in the same situation ie: first date and you get hugged by your date the moment you walk in.

  8. Sherlock Holmes is my favorite and inspiration when I have a conversation on anyone. In fact I had used the point you given and they shock every word I said. Thanks for the video guide to improve my skills and I love it.

  9. Ooo I was getting so stoked on applying these to my own bodies observations, cheers for suggesting that mind control is best first and foremost applied to ones self Jocko willink wisdom