Former FBI Agent Explains How to Read Body Language | Tradecraft | WIRED


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  • John Doe
    John Doe  29 minutes back

    So that bar scene in " inglorious bastards" where the English spy(Michael Fassbender) who was playing as a German officer was actually possible. Using the wrong hand gesture exposed him and got everyone killed. That's crazy!

    • Victorious Victory
      Victorious Victory  3 hours back

      What if people learn how to mimic certain behaviors in order to fool the FBI? For example, two spies both decoy body language for the real spy. Kinda like a flash mob spy session.

      • Zyro Phante
        Zyro Phante  5 hours back

        This is really interesting, I need to read his book

        • Travis Michael Maynard
          Travis Michael Maynard  5 hours back

          What does it mean if somebody has their hand down their pants?

          • Marisa Lauania
            Marisa Lauania  6 hours back

            So why do I act guilty when I walk out of the store with nothing? I ain’t no thief! 😂

            • thog
              thog  8 hours back

              I bet he knows Obama's last name

              • Zander Northagen
                Zander Northagen  8 hours back

                Joe i need you to try ti read me im pretty much impossible to read I literally am the opposite

                • Andrew Eric
                  Andrew Eric  8 hours back

                  This man is obsessed with soothing himself

                  • Edmister Enterprises LLC
                    Edmister Enterprises LLC  13 hours back

                    Imagine knowing this much about body language, and trying to live a normal life. How does he not spend 24hrs a day focused on his own body language?!

                    • Wonder777 Warrior
                      Wonder777 Warrior  15 hours back

                      For the last time im not hiding loli hentai!!

                      • hijadelmar Q
                        hijadelmar Q  18 hours back

                        Now I got the fundamentals on playing poker.

                        • TheAwesomeKidWhoDied
                          TheAwesomeKidWhoDied  18 hours back

                          I want his book

                          • Evergreen Tree
                            Evergreen Tree  18 hours back

                            I live in Germany but I grew up in Australia. As soon as he mentioned flowers I knew where it was going. I still ask myself why people carry flowers upside down here.

                            • Sai Charan
                              Sai Charan  19 hours back

                              FBI knocks my door
                              Me turned into statue

                              • Xania _S
                                Xania _S  1 days back

                                I walk like a squid. What does that mean?

                                • xYottaByte Gaming
                                  xYottaByte Gaming  1 days back

                                  *Tries this*
                                  *Goes out of the room for once and started a conversation with a stranger*
                                  Stranger: why tf are you staring at me like that?

                                  • MOBILE MCAT
                                    MOBILE MCAT  1 days back

                                    By observing this agent. I can be 100%, by the way he moves his knees, that he is trying hard to not tell the truth about what the fack am i saying..

                                    • Red Scout
                                      Red Scout  1 days back

                                      I always cross my feet.....

                                      • Marko Gavrilovic
                                        Marko Gavrilovic  1 days back

                                        Him:We know that average blink rate Is 8 per minute.
                                        Also him:blinks 8 times in 10 seconds

                                        • Bhupendra Pal
                                          Bhupendra Pal  1 days back

                                          06:44 to 07:02 listen and watch him carefully.. ;)

                                          • Marie Ong
                                            Marie Ong  1 days back

                                            Yes thank you for the arms crossed info! That bugs me so badly!

                                            • gruyax
                                              gruyax  1 days back

                                              this was hella interesting man, I just step up my lying game thanks Mr. FBI

                                              • Chaitu krissh
                                                Chaitu krissh  1 days back

                                                If YOU are gonna be a SPY.
                                                Just DIE!

                                                Joe's here to catch y'all anyways!!

                                                • just_ Naza
                                                  just_ Naza  1 days back

                                                  That girl at the poker table was like pokimane at 100%

                                                  • Sammy J
                                                    Sammy J  1 days back

                                                    The comments have me dead lmaoo

                                                    • J A
                                                      J A  2 days back

                                                      He looks like that guy in black list

                                                      • DUKE 39
                                                        DUKE 39  2 days back

                                                        He looks nervous too me frankly suspicious.

                                                        • Gewgulkan Suhckitt
                                                          Gewgulkan Suhckitt  2 days back

                                                          Regarding body language, sometimes people cross their arms because they are cold or as a way to immobilize their arms to avoid nervous fidgeting.Or they may be tired and fold their arms as a way to rest them.
                                                          People sometimes touch their nose because their noses itch a lot. I have an itchy nose.
                                                          I know a guy who touches his mouth area a lot in a subconscious effort to cover up his teeth because they are in poor condition.

                                                          Not to mention some people have habits. Some people just like to use folded arms as one of their default arm positions. Some people might touch their nose the same way another person say "um" all the time. It's just mindless "filler".

                                                          • Myster Ser
                                                            Myster Ser  2 days back

                                                            GOOGLE ANDREW YANG.>> End corporate corruption— #humanityfirst

                                                            • josh lanphere
                                                              josh lanphere  2 days back

                                                              Did this dude say the normal blink rate is 8 times a minute? I blink like 40 times a minute 😂

                                                              • G. J.
                                                                G. J.  2 days back

                                                                After seeing this, everyone is an expert.

                                                                • Tan Akinci
                                                                  Tan Akinci  2 days back

                                                                  3:28 *Eastern Europe*

                                                                  • Celeste Garvey-Petsch
                                                                    Celeste Garvey-Petsch  2 days back

                                                                    .Joe I want to share some info. The non verbal cues described are hearing culture. . In American Sign language '"rabbit nose'" means a kind of agreement means " yea right".or " yea I know " :) I am hearing I sign all the time have to clarify to friends those who sign use their body and face differently than the general hearing population. The area of the face between my eyebrows and brows are used for "yes-no" and "w-h" questions etc. Hearing people use facial expression. In sign language the face has a grammatical function, has a different meaning than the general hearing population. :)

                                                                    • mano a mano
                                                                      mano a mano  2 days back

                                                                      I can read the body language: any women wearing those atrocious tight jeans, especially with the knees torn, as do all these women, and maybe 90% of females I see generally, reveal a lack of class, taste, distinction, and a weak will.

                                                                      • Galaxy Lover
                                                                        Galaxy Lover  2 days back

                                                                        idk why i took notes of this sht than my normal subjects in school

                                                                        • Ray Williams
                                                                          Ray Williams  2 days back

                                                                          Me: Tries to pick popcorn out of my teeth with tongue

                                                                          Him: Cannibal

                                                                          • a new rebellion
                                                                            a new rebellion  2 days back

                                                                            Well sometimes they're just idiots

                                                                            • h person
                                                                              h person  2 days back

                                                                              15 years in the field of people tracking and finding... this fbi agent is addressing only the general population and not specific instances or people- take this with a grain of salt-my specialty was field craft, literally in the field not just interviews like this agent

                                                                              • alfandi nbs
                                                                                alfandi nbs  2 days back

                                                                                Me: blinking .."

                                                                                Fbi: he must be terrorist shot him

                                                                                • Dhennis Bocauto
                                                                                  Dhennis Bocauto  2 days back

                                                                                  Infact some of that are just how Americans behavior but it's different to other countries or religions.

                                                                                  • elchamber
                                                                                    elchamber  2 days back

                                                                                    What is worst is people will generally use the unscientific method of seeing if you are a lying when, in fact, you are telling the truth.

                                                                                    • Penta Meyska
                                                                                      Penta Meyska  2 days back

                                                                                      I am a pretty good liar since everybody see me as a serious person, so every once in a while i can always tell my friends there is homework and they fall for it every time 😂👌

                                                                                      • Tyler Pistachio
                                                                                        Tyler Pistachio  2 days back

                                                                                        All spies should be autistic even harder to figure out lmao

                                                                                        • Tyler Pistachio
                                                                                          Tyler Pistachio  2 days back

                                                                                          So having adhd and chronic pain/fatigue makes you impossible to read. Ill be such a good spy lol. All those things he talked about I do because of those three things, nothing at all with emotional stuff.

                                                                                          • Darth Krul
                                                                                            Darth Krul  2 days back

                                                                                            Dad: now tell me son, do you have a girlfriend?

                                                                                            Son: n

                                                                                            Dad: before you tell me, i need to let you know that my job is to catch spies. So if anyone lies, i can tell.

                                                                                            Son *in his mind: Crap! what do i do what do i do!!!!!!!!????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????

                                                                                            • envyx prodigyx1
                                                                                              envyx prodigyx1  2 days back

                                                                                              that's why my sister was leaning when I asked her about that God darn hersey bar

                                                                                              • Randy Mueller
                                                                                                Randy Mueller  3 days back

                                                                                                the man's never been at a church worship service. You're standing. you have no idea what to do with your hands.. your grasp, play, etc with them

                                                                                                • Nitro Nitrix
                                                                                                  Nitro Nitrix  3 days back

                                                                                                  This is what my parents watched to catch me lying.