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Downloads PDF Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language, PDF Downloads Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris. Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language. Publisher: Vintage (). Language: English Size: MB. Format: PDF / ePub / site. This book is an excellent reference for body language. Morris doesn't claim that it' ll give you better social skills or that you'll be able to "read" people; he makes it.

There is nothing especially technical about this approach. All that is needed is an understanding of a number of simple concepts, and it is these concepts that this book aims to present. Each one tells us about a special type of behaviour, or a special way in which behaviour develops, originates or changes.

So this is a book about actions, about how actions become gestures, and about how gestures transmit messages. As a species we may be technologically clever and philosophically brilliant, but we have not lost our animal property of being physically active; and it is this bodily activity that is the primary concern of the peoplewatcher.

Frequently the human animal is unaware of his actions - which makes them all the more revealing. He concentrates so hard on his words that he seems to forget that his movements, postures and expressions are telling their own story. It should be added, though, that this book is not intended as an aid to dominating one's companions by reading their secret thoughts. A birdwatcher does not study birds in order to shoot them down.

In the same way, a peoplewatcher does not take unfair advantage of his special understanding of human behaviour. True, a proficient, objective observer can utilize his knowledge to transform a boring social occasion into an exciting field-trip, but his primary aim is to come to a deeper understanding of human interactions and of the remarkable predictability of much of human behaviour.

As with all scientific research there is, of course, the danger that new knowledge can lead to new forms of exploitation of the ignorant by the knowledgeable, but in this particular case there is perhaps a greater chance that it can instead be the source of increased tolerance. For to understand the significance of another man's actions is to gain an insight into his problems; to see what lies behind his conduct is perhaps to forgive it, where previously one would have attacked it.

I have often been asked whether I can train someone to improve their body language. Is it possible, for instance, to convert a shy ditherer into a forceful extrovert, when he or she is facing an important interview for a new appointment? The answer is simple. Yes, of course, lessons can be taught in how to modify one's body language.

A composed sitting posture, incisive gestures, and other details can be drilled into the applicant to make him or her appear more assertive, decisive and impressive than they really are. A few tricks can quickly be learned and in xvi recent years since the first appearance of Manwatching in a number of books and agencies have appeared on the scene offering just such services. But what is the point? If the applicant is truly a shy ditherer, he or she will be totally unsuited for the employment which they have tricked themselves into gaining.

They will soon be found out and removed. In which case, it is fair to ask, what is the practical advantage of gaining a better understanding of human body language? The answer lies in the self-confidence that is gained by the knowledge acquired. The more we know about the body language of other people, the more human they seem.

They are no longer frightening figures that make us feel awkward in their presence. They may have become expert at concealing their weaknesses and insecurities, but our knowledge of the finer details of their body language will reveal them to us in all their human frailty. Being less intimidated, our own body language will start to change. We will feel more relaxed and assured, not because we have learned a few superficial tricks, but because we have come to understand other people so much better.

Finally, it must be stressed that there is nothing insulting about looking at people as animals. We are animals, after all. Homo sapiens is a species of primate, a biological phenomenon dominated by biological rules, like any other species. Human nature is no more than one particular kind of animal nature. Agreed, the human species is an extraordinary animal; but all other species are also extraordinary animals, each in their own way, and the scientific peoplewatcher can bring many fresh insights to the study of human affairs if he can retain this basic attitude of evolutionary humility.

A great many also make artefacts - constructed or manufactured objects - such as nests, webs, beds and burrows. Among the monkeys and apes there is also some evidence of abstract thinking. But it is only with man that artefaction and abstraction have run riot.

This is the essence of his success story. With his massive brain, man has increasingly internalized his behaviour through complex processes of abstract thought - through language, philosophy and mathematics.

With his weak body, he has dramatically externalized his behaviour, scattering the surface of the globe with his artefacts - his implements, machines, weapons, vehicles, roads, works of art, buildings, villages and cities.

There he sits, this thinking, building animal, his machines humming gently all around him - and his thoughts whirring inside his head. Artefaction and abstraction have come to dominate his life. One might almost suppose that action - simple animal action - would be beneath him, surviving only as a remnant from his primeval past. But this is not so. Throughout it all, he has remained a creature of action - a gesticulating, posturing, moving, expressive primate.

He is as far today from becoming the disembodied, plasma-fed, giant super-brain of science fiction as he was back in his prehistoric hunting past. Philosophy and engineering have not replaced animal activity, they have added to it.

The fact that we have developed a concept of happiness and have words to express it, does not stop us from performing the action-pattern of stretching our lips into a smile. The fact that we have boats does not stop us swimming. The citydweller, however deeply impressed he may be by the achievements of abstraction and artefaction, still takes his pleasures in age-old fashion.

He eats and makes love; he goes to parties where he can laugh, frown, gesture and embrace. When he takes his holidays his machines bear him away to a few snatched weeks in forests, on hills and on seashores, where he can relive his animal past in the pursuit of simple physical activity, walking, climbing and swimming. Viewed objectively, there is a curious irony about a human animal flying a thousand miles in a machine costing several millions in order to splash about in a rock-pool looking for sea shells; or another, who has spent all day operating a computer, spending the evening playing darts, dancing in a discotheque, or laughing over a drink with a few friends.

Yet this is what people do, tacitly accepting the irresistible need to express themselves in simple bodily actions. What form do these actions take, and how are they acquired by each individual? Human behaviour is not free-flowing; it is divided up into a long series of separate events. Each event, such as eating a meal, visiting a theatre, taking a bath, or making love, has its own special rules and rhythms.

Between our birthday and our deathday we can expect to pass through a total of over a million such behaviour events. Each of these events is itself subdivided into numerous distinct acts. Basically these acts follow one another in a sequence of posture-movement-posture-movement.

Most of the postures we adopt and the movements we make we have made thousands of times before. Most of them are performed unconsciously, spontaneously and without self-analysis.

In many cases they are so familiar, so much taken for granted, that we do not even know how we do them. For example, when people interlock their fingers, one thumb rests on top of the other.

For each person there is a dominant thumb in this action and whenever left and right hand interlock, the same thumb rests uppermost. Yet hardly anyone can guess which is their dominant thumb without going through the motions of interlocking their hands and looking to see which thumb comes out on top.

Over the years, each person has developed a fixed pattern of We are often unaware of the precise form of our actions. Every time you interlock your fingers the same thumb is uppermost. But which thumb is it? Are you right-thumbed or left-thumbed?

Most people cannot confidently describe their own interlock-posture before acting it out. If they try to reverse the positions, bringing the dominant thumb beneath the other, the hand posture will feel strange and awkward. This is only a trivial example, but almost every body action performed by adults has a characteristic fixed pattern.

These Fixed Action-Patterns are the basic units of behaviour that the human field observer employs as his points of reference. He watches their form, the context in which they occur, and the messages they transmit.

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He also asks questions about how they were acquired in the first place. Were they inborn, requiring no prior experience whatever? Were they discovered by personal trial and error as each person grew older? Were they absorbed as people unconsciously emulated their companions? Or were they acquired by conscious training, being learned by deliberate effort based on specific analytical observation, or active teaching?

Some have argued that, as a result of this one inborn ability, he has no need for any others. In support of the idea that the human brain learns everything and inherits nothing, is put the observation that different societies all over the world show widely differing behaviour patterns. Since we all belong to the same species, this can only mean that people everywhere are learning to behave rather than following some fixed set of genetic instructions.

Against this and in support of the idea that, as it was recently expressed, 'man is pre-programmed to a decisive extent', is put the observation that cultures are not as different as they seem.

If you look for differences you will find them, but if you look for similarities you will find plenty of those, too. Unfortunately the natural inclination has been to notice the differences and overlook the similarities.

It is rather like a tourist visiting a foreign country. He is impressed by the many unfamiliar elements he encounters and ignores the many familiar ones. This very understandable bias has also influenced much of the fieldwork carried out by anthropologists in the past. The often striking, superficial variations in social behaviour have been mistaken for fundamental differences.

These are the two conflicting views. Since no one is arguing about the fact that we do learn a great deal during our lives, the debate must concentrate on those particular actions which are claimed to be inborn.

How does an inborn action work? Essentially the idea is that the brain is programmed, rather like a computer, to link particular reactions with specific stimuli. The stimulus input triggers off the reaction output without any prior experience - it is preplanned and operates successfully the very first time you encounter the stimulus.

The classic example is the newborn baby reacting immediately to its mother's nipple by sucking. A number of infantile reactions seem to be of this type and are clearly essential to survival. There is no time to learn. But what about actions that appear later on, when there has already been ample time for learning to have taken place? How about smiling and frowning? Does the young child copy these from its mother, or are they, too, inborn?

Only a People all around the world perform a rapid eyebrow-flash action when greeting. The eyebrows are momentarily raised and then lowered. Even though it does not provide conclusive proof, the global distribution of the facial movement strongly suggests that the action is inborn. After Eibl-Eibesfeldt child that has never seen its mother can provide the answer.

If we look at children born blind and deaf we find that they do indeed show smiling and frowning at appropriate moments in their daily lives. They also cry even though they cannot hear themselves doing so. So these actions are also apparently inborn, but what about adult behaviour patterns? Here, even the born-blind cannot help us to solve the problem because, by this stage, they will have learned to communicate by sign language and will be too sophisticated, too knowing.

They will have learned to feel expressions on faces with their fingers, so they can no longer provide valid evidence in favour of inborn actions. Do all people, everywhere, stamp their feet when they are angry, or bare their teeth when enraged, or flick their eyebrows momentarily up and down when they greet a friend?

Some intrepid research workers have scoured the globe for remote tribes in an attempt to answer this point and have been able to confirm that even siteian Indians who have never met white men before do indeed perform many small actions precisely as we do. But does this really prove that the actions are inborn? If remote tribesmen flash their eyebrows in greeting like we do, and like everyone else does, can we be sure that this means the reaction must be 'built in' to our brains before birth?

The answer is that we cannot be certain. There is no reason why, with particular actions, we should not all learn to behave in the same way. It seems unlikely, but it cannot be ruled out, and so the argument is, for the present, bound to be inconclusive.

Until we can read the human behaviour genes like a book, there is little point in dwelling at length on the problem of whether a particular action is inborn or not. Even if a global tour revealed that an action was not worldwide in distribution, this would equally be of little help to the rival philosophy.

An action that truly is inborn might be suppressed in whole cultures, giving it the false appearance of having only local significance. So either way the arguments remain suspect. To put this in perspective, consider nuns and weapons. Nuns live out non-sexual lives, but no one would argue that sexual behaviour is a non-biological, cultural invention on the part of the rest of the world merely because some communities can live without it.

Conversely, if it could be shown that every single culture on earth uses weapons of some kind, it would not follow that weapon-use, as such, was an inborn pattern for mankind. Instead we would argue that the nuns are successfully suppressing an inborn sexual urge, while the weapon-users are utilizing a learning pattern so ancient that it has diffused throughout the entire world. To sum up, until the study of genetics has made massive advances, we can only be certain of human inborn actions in those cases where movements are performed without any prior 6 experience, either by newborn babies or by blind-born children.

This restriction limits this category of activity severely, but at the present stage of knowledge it is inevitable. In saying this it would be wrong to give the impression that zoologists who have studied the human animal have come to the conclusion that there are only a few, infantile ways in which human behaviour is guided by genetic programming.

On the contrary, the general impression is that human beings, like other animals, are well endowed with a rich variety of inborn behaviour patterns. Anyone who has studied a number of primate species, including the human species, is bound to feel this way. But a feeling is not a certainty, and since there is no way of obtaining scientific proof or disproof where adult behaviour patterns are concerned, the matter is hardly worth pursuing in depth at this stage.

The first abuse was to grab hold of the idea that the human species has powerful inborn tendencies and distort it. It was easily warped by selecting only those tendencies that suited the political needs. One in particular was stressed - aggression. The approach here was to suggest that if mankind has an inborn urge towards unprovoked aggression, then warlike behaviour is natural, acceptable and unavoidable.

Both in monkeys and humans. The young in sexual. Actions we have to be taught Watching a child first trying to master a knowing wink provides another vivid reminder of how difficult some apparently simple Trained actions are consciously acquired by teaching or self. At the other end of the scale there are simple actions such as winking and shaking hands. Even when it is noticed. The reason will be because the others are moving. But in distinguishing between the four corresponding types of actions.

A member of one group. A member of 16 Such is the human Discovered Actions are frequently influenced in the same way. Infantile crying. The differences may be subtle. Only expert acrobats can into this category. To give some examples: Inborn Actions are often drastically modified by social pressures.

The hand-shake. In some cases these might almost fall into the category of Absorbed Actions. Many actions owe their adult form to influences from more than one of these categories. Without realizing it. Sitting with the legs crossed. I do not wish to give the impres- sion that they are rigidly separated. This will happen almost unnoticed.

At one end of the scale there even as adults. Present her to the Queen at a this minor difference is enough to give a visiting American a dis. In addition to these unconscious modifications there are also So one must not be misled by cries of total cultural revolution. No strong emotions may be imaginary hats. Victorian girl was bluntly informed that 'a lady never crosses her can males have been reported as saying that they find European legs'.

Do not let go. This is they are adhered to even by the most liberated individuals. Today this might seem rather irrelevant. And yet rules of standard leg-crossing. Looking again at leg-crossing. By the earlier part of the twentieth century the rules were males slightly effeminate. But any serious field- pean males often adopt the ankle-knee cross posture and that observer of human behaviour would instantly deny this.

If you take the actress who permitted her tions people give to the behaviour of their companions. A To continue with the example of leg-crossing. With regard the imaginary gladiator may not be spared. Hide your feelings. They limit their social range. The American male prefers. When this reaction is analysed it turns relaxed. It is true. If a Victorian young lady responded to a tragedy with a few sti.

Frequently teachers tells us no 18 Not American males.

We may no longer be aware of the original meanings of many fled sobs. Probably in most effeminate or rough. It is just a cross. The dif. When asked why. More European males happen in a TV discussion studio. To the European this is such a selves to a modest form of the action.

Absorbed and Trained. Delightful examples of these can be Old action-patterns rarely die. But to the American male it appears effemi. If they felt males. In some ways. In its secondary role. The sneeze. They are therefore Mixed Actions of a special kind. A convenient way to distinguish between Incidental and Primary Gestures is to ask the question: Would I do it if I were completely alone?

If the answer is No. If we ask them. Most people tend to limit their use of the term 'gesture' to the primary form. They began as Trained Actions. We acquire the act. Its primary function is mechanical and is concerned with the sneezer's personal breathing problem. This is why it is preferable to use the term 'gesture' in its wider meaning as an 'observed action'.

What matters with gesturing is not what signals we think we are sending out. The hand-wave is a Primary Gesture. In this way. It can do the hand is brought smartly up to touch the temple.

It is a piece of com- when viewed across an historical time span. They are therefore Mixed Actions because it has no other existence or function.

The observers of our acts will make no distinction between our intentional Primary Gestures and our unintentional. But although we do alerted to. We nied when we do them. If he selves. Our companions learn a great deal about perform an act and it is observed. If challenged. Its meaning is read. We 'feel' the mood. We do not wave. It says a Many of our actions are basically non-social. Many of the common 'courtesies' also cerns no one but the student himself.

It is as if there is an underground communication sys- these things for our own benefit.

Occasionally an ing because we itch or that we are running because we are late. If a the message goes out loud and clear. As a mechanical act. Occasionally we do become self-consciously aware of link operates below the conscious level.

But frequently this type of about it. Controlling our Inci- telling them that he is bored. At the same time.

This is a Stylized Inci- both mechanically and gesturally. But often we do not. Some of our animal relatives are capable of a fair range of expressions. They include the important signals of Facial Expression.

The exception is the category I have called Expressive Gestures. In the human species this trend reaches its peak. I am denning the word The human face has the most complex and highly developed set of facial muscles in the entire animal world. The human hands are also important. The array of Expressive Gestures right is from a book on the art of pantomime by Charles Aubert. All primates are facially expressive and among the higher species the facial muscles become increasingly elaborate.

Five of these are unique to man. These are gestures of the type which all men. In this respect they are similar to the Incidental Gestures of the previous category. Gestures which transmit signals by imitation shrugs and pouts. We may have formed before.

Even formed unconsciously during social interactions. When indulging in Social Mimicry we an ancient eye-protection movement of an animal anticipating deceive only others. But which smilers and easy-laughers.

We have all smiled at a party when really we Incidental Gestures. We In origin.

We all have exclusively human sphere. These fingers make? We cannot remember. The actor who is Despite their worldwide distribution.

The clenched fist of the gesticulator owes simply because it is expected of us. Here we leave our animal heritage behind and enter an to place. They may differ in detail and in context from place action. The essential quality of a Mimic Ges- complex facial muscles whose sole job it is to make expressions.

Essen- gapes. This is the world of smiles and sneers. We simply false impression that Expressive Gestures are local inventions did not need to analyse the actions. These Mimic Gestures are those in which the performer attempts to are the gestures that nearly everyone performs nearly everywhere imitate.

There are four kinds of Mimic Gesture: Expressive Gestures are to play a general. But the difference is that in these cases the link as well. A successful Mimic Gesture is and letting them dance in the air evocatively as we explain.

We lie with simulated gestures its origin to an intention movement of hitting an opponent. Yet we were not inattentive. One is the calculated pure gestures and exclusively communicative in function. But what shape did his adult laughter may become severely muted as a result. No and we all stand on two feet rather than four. We cannot recall. No prior knowledge should be required and there lost our twitching tails and our bristling fur.

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This should not be confused with what psychol- as the frown on the face of a worried man can be traced back to ogists call 'role-playing'. I can go through the motions of putting imaginary food into my mouth. Even though they are doomed to failure. If I am hungry. They attempt to portray something by taking usually highly stylized. In the past. Mimic Gestures can usually be understood even by strangers or and gulp invisible liquid from it.

Gone are the actor's asides. The fourth kind of Mimic Gesture can best be called Vacuum Mimicry. We must all believe that it is really happen- ing. The other technique is to concentrate instead on the imagined mood of the character to be portrayed. This means that they can be understood internationally. Usually only the hands are involved. Imitations that become abbreviated or abridged In reality.

If I am thirsty. I can raise my hand as if holding an invisible glass. In Partial Mimicry the performer attempts to imitate some- thing which he is not and never can be. If a bird. Theatrical Mimicry has at last become as realistic as day-to-day Social Mimicry. Widely used mimic gestures of this kind are those which convert the hand into a 'gun'.

In this respect. To give an example: A Cistercian monk would instead Because Schematic Gestures select one special feature of the thing to be portayed and present this in a stylized way. The Hindu 30 Some objects. When one element of a mime is selected and retained in this way. Cattle are those of domestic cattle. The local gesture becomes 'the' gesture. This does not mean that the signs strongly characteristic of them that.

The nearly always indicated by their horns alone. Just as. The Schematic Gesture then becomes a local tradition with a limited geographical range. Thus cattle are represented schematically as a pair of horns in cultures The Englishman's version. If the original mime was complex and involved several distinctive features.

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Just as each region has its own verbal language. An Englishman would however. In fact. Once these different forms of shorthand have become fully established in each region.


The sent the bison. The Australian Indian. The American Indian's cattle sign would repre- tures. So each culture has its own variant.

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All the tap does is to point to the brain. You might launch into a full-blooded Theatrical Mime of a drooling village idiot. To take one example. Here we are one stage further away from the obviousness of the enacted Mimic Gesture. But total idiocy is not a precise way of indi- cating the momentary stupidity of a healthy adult. These vary from place to place. They would have their own local. The by touching the lower eyelid with the tip of the forefinger.

Examples pidity signals mean totally different things in different countries. To make the meaning more clear. Many people would understand these temple-forefinger actions. But last is confined to certain North American Indians. But some can be guessed. Making the from Italy. But meaning the precise opposite. The rest are rendered much more docile and easy to action. A good.

In A completely different explanation once offered was that. In folklore. As such. As part of this process. The reason for this apparent culinity that is being invoked as a symbolic aid to protect the ges- chaos of meanings is simple enough. Since the domestication of cattle began. There is little doubt Yet another explanation is that the hand-sign is essentially sar- about what the fingers are meant to be: I see'. The action is therefore a Symbolic Ges. But this only makes it even more difficult to explain the gesturer is doing no more than stress the symbolic importance of other use of the bull's horns gesture as a sign of a 'pathetic' cuck- the eye as a seeing organ.

This so angered her that she turned him Historically. In such a case other. These ladies worshipped gods who wore 'horns of the same motif of bull's horns.

A good instance of this is the 'cuckold' sign virility of the lover who has cuckolded the husband. Here it is and masculinity. Instead they now A more classical interpretation involves Diana the Huntress. A complication promptly killed and ate him. The only solution is handle for beef production. The horned hand is essentially a honour'. By pointing to the eye. It is clear that they are symbolic because they now becomes so enraged and jealous that he bellows and rushes vio- represent some abstract quality.

Beyond that. This consists of making a pair of horns. This can still be phrase 'cock-and-bull story'. It may still be done in this secret way. As if this were not enough. Christian Church. Many other similarly conflicting to protect oneself from the consequences of lying.

The symbolic origins of this ancient action. In earlier times it was commonplace to make a If. In more trivial situations it has the realm of fertile imagination been widely replaced. But to show that the second finger is tightly crossed over the first. This development suffice to demonstrate the general is easily explained by the fact that crossing the fingers lacks an principle.

This claim is backed up by crossed' is a good example of this. Although used by many non- the fact that the German equivalent Christians. To warn that he or she must stop the action in a given by British crane-drivers few seconds.

The answer is that you would open and close one hand Television-studio signals are a good example of Technical Ges. Jib up Slew right request the performer to lengthen the speaking time and say more. And the hidden people do not even realize that they are demanding an act of ear-piece provided a direct line from the control room to the per- Christian worship. But how could you signal to a companion that you had part in the mainstream of visual communication of any culture.

To repertoire of a whole society. Other messages.

They are bad. They grew up in the early days of television and.

To warn by specialists and do not the performer that he or she will have to start the action at any constitute pan of the gestural moment. Technical Gestures are invented by a specialist minority for use cold. In particular they need gestures for danger. The manager was linked to the programme director in the con- trol room by means of headphones and conveyed the director's Technical Gestures are used instructions to the performer by simple visual gestures.

The early visual signals did not disappear entirely. Video-tape meant that the precise timing of programme items Water on Increase pressure Reduce pressure Make up all gear 38 With the advent of two technical advances. Proof of this is that many was less important. In the early days of television. With Coded 40 Gestures may be systematically planned.

They interrelate with one another in a complex and sys. If the stranded holidaymakers had been marine 'special- ists'. The rest of us can ignore them. To signal distress. The people on board wave back. Suppose some holidaymakers take out a boat. When a techni- cal sphere is invaded by the non-technical.

As it draws level with the island. This is the accepted marine gesture for 'Help! Either because they must keep quiet. The special '. Wet and fright- ened. There are also many gestural counting systems. Examples include the two-handed and one-handed deaf-and-dumb codes left. These unmistakable.

It is rather like the ringing of a telephone bell. This may seem rigidly formulated principles. The telephone system treats a casual call in just the same way as one that happens to be a matter of life and death. No one confuses a telephone bell with a front-door bell or two-handed version.

They cannot afford to be vague and woolly. To do this they have to develop a 'typical form' that shows comparatively little variation. They can never different world from the familiar gestures we employ in everyday hope to perfect a completely fixed intensity.

They serve as a valuable reminder. But the rigidity of the The most important example is the Deaf-and-dumb Sign Lan. The signal goes on sounding at fixed intervals.

The only difference it permits is the Gestures. And they must be performed with a 'typical intensity'. It Here again. Its fixed form and its fixed intensity make it arm signals. All these actions have the same meaning and in companions. One man bellows with laughter. Another man. Together we syn. It fails to develop ment being made during the course of conversation. They are small differences compared ear ornament and therefore implying a female trait. We simply tune in to the cultural norm.

The result is that it lacks a typical form. Although the Gesture Variants in this particular case cause no tant personal labels none the less. These are the gesture owes its origin. The Hand Purse signal is a case in point. This gesture always has the The hand beats time in this posture as the key words are uttered. We are not automatons. It occurs infre- As always with human behaviour. The thumb a typical form.

The Italian Ear Touch gesture.

One man. We show personal idiosyn. An onlooker might imagine you were exercising your arm. There is no pressure on the even when strongly stimulated. The observer is not confused intense. The while another titters. This is not a conscious process. The crasies. We all wave in much the same way. Most of our gestures have grown into typical presentations of this kind. A good and fingertips are brought together in a cone.

And there is a reasonable likelihood that his speed. The ear may be held. Apart from the fact that such differences can he is observing simply has a rather odd way of performing his old obviously lead to all kinds of misunderstandings when foreigners familiar gesture. In should have a totally different meaning. He reads the variation as Sardinia and Greece it is an obscene comment or insult to either a personal or local idiosyncrasy and imagines that the foreigner a male or a female.

But when a man it can mean something quite different. In parts of become confused. In Malta it means that Variant of his own.

This underlines the reason why. This circle-sign has only one message for Variants of one gesture. These are not true Gesture thumb and forefinger.

He sees the foreign gesture as merely a Gesture France it means 'zero' or 'worthless'. Except in special very small between the tips of our thumb and forefinger. People cases. But in certain regions specific variations of this basic gesture have been developed. To find the explanation we have to look there is little doubt that over a period of time the gesture differ. In Greece and Turkey the action has come to mean 'good'.

Gesture Variants constitute a threat to this system and tend all over the world do this unconsciously when speaking about to be eliminated or reduced. The object they hold is imaginary. In derlust and our modem mobility lead us into foreign parts does America this unconscious gesticulation became amplified into a this efficient communication system start to break down. In Malta.

Only when our wan. If we want to say that something is within one culture. They already had the zero sign. If the gesturer looks happy. The 'zero' message the context of the gesture. August 12, History. Add another edition? The pocket guide to manwatching Desmond Morris. The pocket guide to manwatching Close. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove The pocket guide to manwatching from your list? Written in English. Abridged edition of 'Manwatching' published: Cape, Borrow Download ebook for print-disabled Prefer the physical book?

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