aziz memmi

Student in Business administration, Tunis business school

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The relation between our life philosophy and our body language

Do we really need to shape our gestures, behaviors, and speeches according to our way of thinking?

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    Apr 8 2013: .
    Languange is the expression of our thought.
    "Body language" is the base of language.
    Word-languange is its modifiers.
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    Apr 7 2013: I think your gestures, facial expression, and speech will probably reflect your thinking automatically, unless you purposely arrange your posture and speech to send a different message, as actors learn to do.
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      Apr 7 2013: I wonder if even actors can disguise themselves 100%, it seems like you could read what they're really thinking if you're discerning enough.

      One summer I studied magic, and learned how magicians misdirect people's attention. But if you don't follow their misdirection, you can see how they do their tricks.
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        Apr 8 2013: I agree that we can perceive very often how actors integrate themselves with their roles.
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          Apr 8 2013: Might be interesting, Fritzie, when two actors in character are talking to each other, our eye and attention naturally go to whoever is talking right at that moment. Back and forth, back and forth. I wonder how it'd be to keep our attention on one actor, to only watch one of the actors both when s/he is talking, and when s/he is listening. Would it change our perception?
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        Apr 8 2013: I think not. I would expect that trained actors stay in character, as the voice is not the only thing that communicates.

        Why not do your own experiment and report back?
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          Apr 9 2013: Yeah, I did try it, Fritzie, it's kind of a different experience, if you try to only watch one actor whether s/he is talking or listening, you really become aware of how the camera sometimes leaves the actor when they're listening and fills the frame with the actor who's talking.

          No, I wasn't trying to suggest they would leave character. I just thought it might be a different way to watch them that might give new ideas about the performance. I found that if you focus on only one actor no matter what they're doing, all the performances start to seem a little more wooden, you're more aware that the actors are doing actions that they already know are coming up, and making the expressions on their faces that they think would go with what the character is saying/doing.

          I myself worked as an extra in TV and movies for twenty years. For most of that time I loved it, but towards the end acting started to feel kind of wooden, like I was putting on the face that I thought would go with what my character's situation entailed, but not really feeling the feelings.
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    Apr 7 2013: Like any other tool you can learn how to use it once you've learned what it is used for. Body language is incredibly important whether you like it or not. Watch dancers and you'll see body movement in a certain way. Look more closely. A good dancer will tell you things with their eyes even at thirty paces. I don't know what you think 'life philosophy' (whatever that means) has to do with it.
  • Apr 9 2013: On NPR (national public radio) there was discussed today how some agressive persons misread expressions in others to suggest more danger than really exists. If their concern is reduced, crime will decrease. So look at the receiver as well as the sender.
  • Apr 8 2013: To communicate well it is good to be congruent in everything, then again pattern interrupts and other hypnotic functions my be more complicated. Maybe I am not being clear because that happens. Acting and Misdirection in magic are examples where people may be mislead. There are people who train others to mislead others with body language, but that success may varry according to the skills of all people. I have heard of individuals beating polygrph tests, but usually the best you can do is make it inconclusive. The polygraph is not the whole test - they also use verbal checks. There are many ways to try to read a person - Most of the time we don't care that much, but if you lie and BS all the time, people start to notice. I once took a course with a young lady who would use a list to check for misleading statements. It was very much like Cialdini's persuation methods. Body language is supposed to tell us stuff. Why couldn't it be used to mislead?