THE NONVERBAL GROUP
We are a group of academics and professionals who are dedicated to conducting research on nonverbal communication, while furthering the understanding of this relatively new and fascinating branch of social science. An understanding of nonverbal communication provides a wide range of practical applications. Our research, classes, and services are focused on efficacy. We strive to provide research and education that is directly applicable across the wide spectrum of human interaction.
HOW WE STARTED
Blake Eastman's lifelong passion for nonverbal communication led him to begin formal research in graduate school. After learning proper methods and experimental design, he became fascinated with the prospect of his own original research on the topic. Unfortunately, his degree path in forensic psychology limited his ability to conduct any research on nonverbal communication that would actually be applicable to the real world. Eastman's success as a professional poker player placed him in the financial position to fund his own research. Throwing all of the chaotic academic red tape and grant approvals aside, he set out to learn more about this growing topic on his own. Eastman found the dynamic nature of the dating scene to be the perfect environment to begin. He taped first dates, set up blind dates, conducted thorough interviews, and observed bar patron activity. It was in this world that he learned volumes about dating, body language, and attraction. The evidence was simple: poor daters had poor body language understanding. They projected the wrong image and were unable to decode the body language of their date. In 2009, Eastman founded The Nonverbal Group to help people get a better understanding of body language as it relates to the world around them. A good class is one that changes your life when you leave. Our classes in nonverbal education open your eyes and enable you to see things that 99% of the
population does not.
Through founder Blake Eastman's research on nonverbal communication, he has encountered the word "expert" time and time again. Eastman has read every book and academic journal article related to the subject and in doing so, came across some truly amazing work. He studied the research conducted by Paul Ekman and many others in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,and Journal of Social Psychology. He also read every pop psychology book, such as The Definitive Book of Body Language by Barbara Pease. However, Eastman found that the majority of information on nonverbal communication came from the same set of academic studies. Authors took single experiments in highly controlled laboratory settings and used their data to apply broad theories to real life. In fact, the most popular books on body language all had the same citations! The Nonverbal Group seeks to further the understanding of nonverbal communication by conducting its own original research in real world settings. The best research is done through videotaping interactions and deconstructing them. We've found that while a lucky few are naturals at decoding body language, there are others who require more training and practice. Our instructors filter out the best research in the field and translate it into useful skills. We consider ourselves experts because we build upon previous research and know exactly how to apply all of it. Simply put, our unique ability to read people has been described as "eerie."
FOUNDER & HEAD INSTRUCTOR
My name is Blake, and I am the founder and head instructor of The Nonverbal Group. I also work as an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, where I teach group dynamics, developmental psychology, and general psychology. I have studied nonverbal communication for the past six years. Along the way, I worked as a freelance negotiations consultant for many prominent companies and performed an incredibly wide range of body language related services. Then I founded The Nonverbal Group, which has since created thousands of dollars of viable independent research. A significant amount of my research has been focused on first dates. For a countless number of hours, I have systematically deconstructed first date video footage for various nonverbal signals. In addition to my research on body language, I played professional poker for many years and founded School of Cards, the first brick-and-mortar poker school in New York City. I'm a serial entrepreneur and have created many different companies, all fueled by my passion to understand human behavior as it relates to the real world.