I remember reading that passage. Milton actaully wrote it down on paper popped it into an envelope and gave it to his secretary who locked the letters in a draw. Sometime later the secretary said to Milton "I know something that you don't", his reply was "look in the draw for an evelope marked around a month ago".
Body language is based on interpretation on what gestures mean, this is really what it is, and something Milton did not do e.g. folded arms always means defensive or cold or any gesture accross the heart held for a period of time is a defensive one. That's really dangerous.
Although if you were spend sometime observing people and the way in which they carry themselves while engaging in an activity there are physiological shifts which, with some sensory acuity can be detected e.g. man walking down street without people in it, head is at a 45' angle, shoulders rolled foward, arms are loosely swaying by side, torso moving freely. Introduce people, head 90' angle, shoulders roll back, arms tense and move in a set distance away from body, torso ridged and upright, small left to right twist from hips begins.
You might make some understanding from that example and what that is consistant with, and you could be right, however it is now a calculated guess consistant with that person from having known them.
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