Read People Like a Book

How to Analyze, Understand, and Predict People’s Emotions, Thoughts, Intentions, and Behaviors (How to be More Likable and Charismatic)

by Patrick King

Number of pages: 278

Publisher: Patrick King

BBB Library: Booklets

ISBN: 979-8579327079

About the Author

Patrick King is a Social Interaction Specialist, in other words, a dating, online dating, image, and communication and social skills coach based in San Francisco, California, and has been featured on numerous national publications such as He’s also a #1 Amazon best-selling dating and relationships author with the most popular online dating book on the market, and writes frequently on dating, love, and relationships.


Editorial Review

Speed read people, decipher body language, detect lies, and understand human nature.Is it possible to analyze people without them saying a word? Yes, it is. Learn how to become a “mind reader” and forge deep connections.How to get inside people’s heads without them knowing.Read People Like a Book isn’t a normal book on body language of facial expressions. Yes, it includes all of those things, as well as new techniques on how to truly detect lies in your everyday life, but this book is more about understanding human psychology and nature. We are who we are because of our experiences and pasts, and this guides our habits and behaviors more than anything else. Parts of this book read like the most interesting and applicable psychology textbook you’ve ever read. Take a look inside yourself and others!

Book Reviews

Some people seem to have a natural gift for getting other people. “The truth is,” writes conversation coach Patrick King, “that this ability is not really anything mystical, but a skill like any other that can actually be learned and mastered.” To prove this, in his comprehensive and insightful analysis of human behavior “Read People Like a Book” – hailed by some as a modern-day counterpart to Dale Carnegie’s classic “How to Win Friends and Influence People” – he looks closely at all the ways one can develop the valuable skill of analyzing and understanding other people’s emotions, thoughts and intentions. So, get ready to learn how to become a brilliant people-reader yourself!

The art of reading and analyzing people is truly the art of understanding human nature. Consider it like a cheat code that will allow you to see through people’s actions and words.

Read People like a Bookisn’t a normal book on body language or facial expressions. Yes, it includes all of those things, as well as new techniques on how to truly detect lies in your everyday life, but this book is more about understanding human psychology and nature.

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Wisdom to Share

“In the spirit of Jung, the most helpful and healing attitude to adopt when dealing with the shadow is one of love and acceptance. Be curious but kind. Your goal in identifying someone's (possible) shadow is not to catch them, get them to approach them, or discover a button that you can push for your own benefit.”

“After all, it is usually in childhood that we learn which parts of us are acceptable and which are not, and therefore it is time to start building our shadow and shaping our conscious personality. Doing "inner child work" sounds a bit out there, but it's really not that different from gently acknowledging and embracing the aspect of the shadow."

“If you aren't aware of how you can project your own needs, fears, assumptions, and biases onto others, your observations and conclusions about others won't amount to much. In fact, you may have simply discovered a roundabout way of learning about yourself and the cognitive and emotional baggage you let on.”

“People are motivated by psychological, social, financial, even biological and evolutionary factors, all of which could interact with one another in interesting ways.”

“The thing about the shadow is that even though it is drawn from conscious perception, it still exists. In fact, it can make itself known in more subtle ways, manifesting itself in behaviors, thoughts, and feelings, or showing up in dreams or inattentive moments. If we are able to observe and understand these outward signs in others, we can gain insight into their character."

To understand why people act the way they do, we need to examine their motivations– everyone’s got one, even if you might not always see or understand it. What do they care about? What are they afraid for? What goals do they have? Once you understand where a person is coming from, you can start to understand the way they see and interact with the world.

People work harder to avoid pain than to achieve pleasure. The instinct to survive or avoid a threat is more immediate than any pleasure– a wounded animal is more motivated than an uncomfortable one.

The ego is one of our most powerful motivators, but it’s also one that’s mostly unconscious. Many of the things we do are to guard our ego from anything that can hurt it. This desire is so powerful that it gives us the ability to bend reality and lie to ourselves and to others.

When we’re happy, our cheeks lift up, and the corners of our mouth raise up and back. Wrinkles appear under the eyes and in the outer corner, as well as, between the upper lip and noise.

In our journey of learning how to analyze people, we can learn quite a bit from the various personality tests which have become quite popular these days