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Have you ever thought about the most honest part of the body? Perhaps, the first thing that comes to mind would be the smile, hands, or even the eyes? The part of the body that is the most honest is sure to surprise you. Before we get into the honesty, let’s talk a bit about the man who interprets body language for a living. Joe Navarro is an Ex-FBI agent who has read and observed a large number of con-artists, criminals and psychopaths. He also wrote the book “What Every BODY is Saying”, which is the book where I found out about the most honest body part.

Growing up we were always told to act a certain way in front of others. This forced us to change our body language, mostly in our face. For example, instead of giving sad facial expressions at work, we start smiling. As we grow older we get very good at acting or deceiving with our facial expressions. Therefore, the face is not the most honest part of the body, it’s actually able to be the most deceptive.

How Are The Legs Most Honest?

“A meaningful touch of the legs between lovers, the shy feet of a young boy meeting strangers, the stance of the angry, and the nervous pacing of an expectant father.” (What EveryBODY is Saying by. Joe Navarro) That’s right, the legs are the most honest part of the body. Probably not the first thing that comes to mind when we think about it, but that’s exactly why they’re the most honest, because we don’t consciously think about controlling them! Joe Navarro states that the legs can show:

  • Nervousness
  • Boredom
  • Awkwardness
  • Stress
  • Restlessness
  • Confidence
  • Fear
  • Happiness
  • Shyness
  • Anxiety
  • Hurt
  • Playfulness

And the list goes on! It’s important that we start with the legs when trying to decode non verbal communication and work our way up the body.

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3 thoughts on “The Most Honest Part of the Body

  1. That’s a really interesting point! Thinking back on times where I have felt any type of extreme emotion, I realize that I am trying so hard not to let it show in my face that it is probably being redirected to my lower body. Very cool read 🙂

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