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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading Body Language by Susan Constantine

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Chapter

7

Cultural Gestures

In This Chapter

The international language of gestures

Various cultural norms and gestures

Common gestures with different meanings

Hand gestures have different meanings in different parts of the world—a fact some pop stars, and even heads of state, learned the hard way. By getting a handle on your hand gestures, you’ll not only make a better impression, you may even avoid getting arrested or causing an international incident! Even if you never leave your hometown, it is important to realize how powerful and communicative gestures can be. You’d hate to send the wrong message.

In this chapter, we place hand gestures in their cultural context, provide a little background on various countries and their customs, ...

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