It was evolutionist Charles Darwin who first wrote about the shoulder-shrugging gesture as a universal signal of human uncertainty. Since then the study of non-verbal behavior has revealed many important insights into how body language unwittingly conveys our feelings about each other.
What could be a more fertile field for non-verbal communication sleuths than that of courtship—the time when, as poets remind us, friendship beckons and love lies nascent?
When boy meets girl a subtle but essential ritual of acquaintance begins, often with scarcely a word said. Love Signals, a book by research anthropologist Dr. David B. Givens, deals with the unspoken rituals of flirtation, courtship, and seduction and reveals more than 150 body language cues that disclose sexual attraction or aversion. The following quiz is adapted from his book.
Love is, without a doubt, the most positive of all human emotions. It ensures the future of civilization. But the capacity to respond to love that is extended to us varies greatly from one person to another. To assess your ability to read the signs, take the following quiz.
LOVE & SEX
Can You Read Love Signals?--Part 1
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