People Watching.

Desmond Morris



Peoplewatching is the culmination of a career of watching people - their behaviour and habits, their personalities and their quirks. Desmond Morris shows us how people, consciously and unconsciously, signal their attitudes, desires and innermost feelings with their bodies and actions, often more powerfully than with their words.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Importance of Body Language: Body language is a crucial aspect of communication that conveys emotions, intentions, and reactions, often more powerfully than words.

  2. Facial Expressions: Facial expressions are universal indicators of emotions. Understanding them helps in interpreting feelings such as happiness, anger, sadness, and surprise across different cultures.

  3. Gestures and Movements: Specific gestures and movements, such as handshakes, nods, and waves, carry significant meanings and can vary in interpretation depending on cultural context.

  4. Posture and Stance: The way people stand or sit can indicate their confidence, openness, defensiveness, or submissiveness. Posture is a key indicator of a person's state of mind.

  5. Personal Space: The concept of personal space and the acceptable physical distance between individuals vary across cultures. Understanding this can prevent discomfort and misunderstandings.

  6. Touch and Contact: The use of touch in communication can express intimacy, comfort, or control. Cultural norms heavily influence how touch is perceived and used.

  7. Eye Contact: Eye contact plays a significant role in communication. It can signal attention, interest, aggression, or shyness, and its appropriateness varies culturally.

  8. Microexpressions: Brief, involuntary facial expressions reveal true emotions even when someone is trying to conceal them. Recognizing these can provide deeper insights into a person's feelings.

  9. Cultural Variations: While some aspects of body language are universal, many gestures and expressions have different meanings in different cultures. Being aware of these differences is crucial for effective cross-cultural communication.

  10. Behavioral Patterns: People exhibit predictable behavioral patterns in social interactions. Observing these patterns can help in understanding social dynamics and predicting future behaviors.

Language English
ISBN-10 0099429780
ISBN-13 9780099429784
No of pages 544
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Vintage Books
Published Date 02 May 2002

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Author : Desmond Morris

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