Is body language the same as mind reading? The underlying definitions perhaps indicate that they are. Here is what Wikipedia says about each:
Body language is a kind of nonverbal communication, where thoughts, intentions, or feelings are expressed by physical behaviors, such as facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space. Body language exists in both animals and humans.
- Mind reading may refer to: Telepathy, the transfer of information between individuals by means other than the five senses
- Telepathy (from the Ancient Greek τῆλε, tele meaning “distant” and πάθος, pathos or -patheia meaning “feeling,perception, passion, affliction, experience”) is the purported transmission of information from one person to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction.
“Without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction” OK, maybe that’s a stretch, but nonverbal communication is about as close as it gets in the real world unless you are Matt Parkman and live in an episode of “Heroes“.
Mind reading would definitely be cool, but so is body language. What if you could actually know what people are thinking? What if you could interpret the nuances of body language so that you would understand the hidden meaning behind what someone is saying vs. what is coming out of their mouth? Would that open some doors for you? Of course it would. How about the ability to use your own body language to persuade someone or agree with your point of view? In my next post I will tell you how you can be like Matt Parkman, sans the mind control.