Deception is something we live with every day and we seek to detect it in order to protect ourselves as well as to get to the truth of a matter. Here is a look at how well we can detect deception and what are some of the more serious implications of getting it wrong from the view of the practitioner as well as the researcher.
If I ask an audience if someone has ever had their space violated, invariably all the hands go up. Some hands go up rather dramatically perhaps signifying how offended they were or perhaps that they are especially sensitive to spatial violations. We have all had this happen to us whether in an elevator, at the grocery checkout, or perhaps while talking to people at work.
Ventilating (cooling) behaviors allow us to deal with heat but also with psychological stress. Rodney Dangerfield, the comedian, had it right but there are other ventilators you should know, including one you never thought about.
Study after study has demonstrated that we humans are terrible observers - often distracted and not very discerning. Has it always been this way and can we become better observers? The answer is no and yes.
You have read about it or even seen it on television, "micro-expressions." Here is a look at what the term has come to mean, what it can really be used for, and some practical alternatives for those who study nonverbal communications.
The horrible allegations of sexual abuse at Penn State University should serve as a reminder that anyone can be a sexual predator. One way to protect our children is to know what behaviors suggest that they are being targeted for sexual predation or they have been victimized. Here is a practical list of behaviors parents and care-givers can look for.
We evolved to react to the world because danger has always been all around. In doing so, we developed an eloquent system for communicating to others our fears, concerns, emotions, and desires - the evolution of nonverbal communications.