What you communicate without saying a word: Body language & behavioral science expert Janine Driver (Episode 89)

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Show Notes

Ever think about how your body language may impact how others see you? Or how body language, our emotions, and our reactions can be telltale signs of past trauma and pain? 

This week, I’m talking to Janine Driver, a former federal law enforcement investigator who spent 16 years at the Department of Justice training agents at the FBI, CIA and ATF. Her deep understanding of body language has enabled her to outsmart gun runners and murders, and to help people like you and me became more aware of behaviors that may send the wrong message or convey inconsistencies.  

Janine’s own childhood trauma inspired her work in this field, and has informed a lifelong journey of learning to understand why we often react the way we do, and how to recognize and recalibrate those reactions. Her work goes well beyond body language and actually has inspired her to understand on a deeper emotional level what may drive our body language and reactions in the first place. Fear and anger are big ones, and Janine talks very candidly about the impact those emotions have had on her life, and how she has learned to cope with them.

She’s taken everything she’s learned about body language and behavioral science and created the Body Language Institute, and is the author of two best-selling books “You Can’t Lie to Me” and “You Say More Than You Think”.

Both books are available via the links, and if you order from She Said/She Said via Amazon, we’ll get a small kick back with no additional charge to you. I will include a link to a bonus chapter in this week’s She Said/She Said Newsletter. Sign up via the link on the website — you won’t want to miss it! 

I think you’ll be truly inspired by Janine’s passion, her candor, and her willingness to share such vulnerability with us.  And, you’ll pick up a few important tips on handshakes, shoulder shrugs, and crossed arms in the process! 


Illustrating a version of “the steeple”


The handshake

posing to encourage open discussion