Eastman, however, didn’t come to the study of body language to get laid.
He says he developed his proficiency in nonverbal communication during childhood as an adaptive response to his anxiety.
In social situations, he often found himself paralyzed, imagining worst-case scenarios about what would happen if he made the wrong move or said the wrong thing.
So he learned to read people to discern what they wanted from him.
Compare F games to A games, because there’s people who can play great when they play great, but if they play really badly when they play badly and they don’t have the discipline, then they can’t be the best player in the world.” It taught me that when you’re at your best, it’s important to play good, but when you’re at your worst, how do you handle that kind of pressure? Poker’s not a game of niceties, Sometimes, in those moments, there’ll be something as simple as a gesture, or a head shake, or a look that says, “I’m sorry about your luck”.
Oh yeah, especially in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker.
In 2009, Tommy, working alongside Wayne Lively and Rob Cole, produced an eight-episode poker-coaching video series titled The Eightfold Path to Poker Enlightenment (EPTPE) that focuses on the role of psychology for professional poker players.
The title of the series derives from one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, the Eightfold Path.
But it’s worth remembering your ring creates certain assumptions in other players. It’s hard to meet a master of body language (or, to quote Eastman, “nonverbal communication”) and not worry about what you’re doing with your hands, how solid your eye contact is, and whether he’s reading your mind. For eight months, Eastman has been teaching singles on the dating scene to read minds, too, and to use their bodies to send clear signals. ” by playing with the buttons on his shirt, looking at his lips, or softening the tone of your voice just so.For example, you can send the message, “If you touch me, I will gag,” by slowly moving away each time your date invades your personal space. Those moves might sound primitive, but on a first or second date, it’s difficult to say exactly what you’re thinking. Eastman’s theory is that if you’re not fluent in body language, you’re likely to give your date the wrong idea, to inadvertently act uninterested when you’re interested or vice versa, to be left mystified by someone’s vanishing act, even though he was telling you the whole time—wordlessly, of course—that he couldn’t wait to get away.EPTPE was released during the summer of 2009 at Deuces Cracked.EPTPE contains many musical samples, all performed by Tommy Angelo on piano.