Books on body language aren’t nothing new and there are some great resources available from experts such as Desmond Morriss, Paul Ekman and Allan Pease. The information in these books is great for learning to read people and gain an understanding of what’s going through someone’s head based on the involuntary visual cues they give.
The Ellipsis Manual: Analysis and Engineering of Human Behaviour, goes so much deeper.
The book is written by Chase Hughes, who is an expert behaviour profiler who works with government agencies teaching behaviour engineering, interrogation techniques and other psychological techniques which would fit into a James Bond film.
It covers body language and behaviour profiling using Hughes’ Behavioural Table of Elements, a wonderful tool for analysing body language, particularly taking into account climate and other situations which could affect certain cues.
The latter half of the book has been refereed to as “Cialdini on steroids” and I’d say this is an accurate evaluation. Practical persuasion and influence techniques are shown, which wouldn’t feel out of place in a James Bond film. Bestselling author David Barron (aka Dantalion Jones) said “It shows how to make a real life Manchurian Candidate.”
The overarching themes are:
- Behaviour Analysis (Body Language and Verbal Cues)
- Human Needs and Profiling
- Building Rapport
- Asserting Authority
- Developing Control and Influence
- CIA Methods
- Corrugation Programming (inspired by now destroyed MKUltra documents)
I haven’t even made it half-way through the book yet, but it’s already quite difficult to summarise just how much it covers. I find the techniques covered in it are just as profound and useful as the knowledge gained from the work of Robert Cialdin, Desmond Morris and other behaviour experts. If you have even a passing interest in body language and human behaviour – read this book. The price is a little higher than for most books, but it’s 100% worth it.
Chase’s website is also a great resource on behaviour profiling with loads of useful info.