Let's Talk About the Silent 'Sup—or When Guys Feel the Need to Nod at Each Other Public

Patti was interviewed by Men's Health on the subject of "Silent Sup."  Her insights are featured in the article below:
You’re walking down the street and make eye contact with a dude going the opposite way—what do you do?
As a recent Reddit thread revealed, if you’re like a lot of guys, you probably do some kind of nod—a subtle, some say instinctive nonverbal greeting you may not even be aware you’re performing. It’s a small, platonic gesture jam-packed with semiotic meaning—a sign of mutual respect, of friendly recognition, of acknowledging another’s presence without being too pushy.

Call it the Silent ‘Sup.

Some guys seem to do it consciously as a way of communicating regard, diffusing tension, or simply saying hello without needing to stop and chat. Others may do it without even thinking about it, almost as a reflex. It can be done for the most seemingly mundane of reasons, like noticing that someone has the same headphones as you, or it can be done as a meaningful show of recognition and support, as is the case with some men of color who say they sometimes use a version of the nod to acknowledge one another in primarily white spaces. In any case, it can be a complicated gesture, one whose meaning can change for some based on the circumstances and the subtlest of nuances.
“It makes you feel that there’s a connection,” body language expert Patti Wood told Men’s Health by phone. “This is a ritual you can do from a distance that still has some purpose to it.”
Given the subtle nature of the Silent 'Sup, it would be completely understandable if you weren’t aware it was a thing. I hadn’t given much thought to this oddity of male behavior until last week, when I saw a popular Reddit thread on /AskMen. It asked: "Why do we nod at each other when making eye contact with random dudes? 

Patti Wood, MA - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at www.PattiWood.net. Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at www.snapfirstimpressions.com.
     

The Songs That Flew Away, Singer Songwriter Patti Wood .


Most of the people that read this blog know  I am a body language Expert, and don't know I am also a singer-songwriter.  Recently I was at a songwriting session and I played three of my new songs in my session with Eliot Bronson. Filled with joy, I put on my jacket, picked up my guitar, my purse, my big song notebook with all my songs (the most precious pages with handwritten changes and musical notes) I hugged Eliot and another friend and went out to the car. I put my notebook on top of the trunk, the guitar in the back seat, put my purse on the front seat and drove home.
Notice anything amiss? I left the notebook on the car trunk. Today 24 hours later I went back and someone had lovingly found some of my songs in the street and dropped them off at the music school. I  hugged them to my chest. Wistful for all that I’d lost, all my original versions of two and half years of songwriting.
I started to drive home, more than a block away I spotted some white on the road. I stopped my car got out to find two of my songs in the intersection. I walked the streets for two blocks the wind blowing and found songs stuck in bushes, underneath cars, apartment complex driveways, on a construction site, and underneath large orange cones. Some flew up high in the air and back and forth across a major road with me chasing them. 
The good news is I found three songs with the musical notes! 
Tiretracted imprinted, my songs literally driven over but still kicking. 
I am so grateful. And from now on, when I drive down the street and see a stray piece of paper I will wonder if it’s a song that flew away.

Patti Wood, MA - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at www.PattiWood.net. Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at www.snapfirstimpressions.com.
     

A Body Language Expert Talks R. Kelly's "Frightening" Interview with Gayle King, Mar 06, 2019


Body Language Expert  Patti Wood, MA  For more body language insights go to her website at www.PattiWood.net. Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at www.snapfirstimpressions.com.
     

Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart's 'Five Feet Apart' Premiere Body Language Was Low-Key Tense



Patti picked up on the fact that yes, these two are clearly into each other. But there's some apprehension woven throughout this red carpet appearance. "In all these poses, there’s tension,” Wood says.  Read the rest of her insights at the link below:

Elite Daily Article


Patti Wood, MA - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at www.PattiWood.net. Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at www.snapfirstimpressions.com.
     

A Body Language Expert Analyzes What Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Might Be Like As Parents

Patti analyzed for Good Housekeeping what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might be like as parents .... read her insights at the link below:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/a26882783/meghan-markle-prince-harry-body-language-kids/

Patti Wood, MA - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at www.PattiWood.net. Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at www.snapfirstimpressions.com.