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Visible Thought: The New Psychology of Body Language
Are you saying one thing whilst your hands reveal another? Are you influenced by other people's body language without even knowing it? Darting through examples found anywhere from the controlled psychology laboratory to modern advertising and the Big Brother TV phenomenon, official Big Brother psychologist Geoffrey Beattie takes on the issue of what our everyday gestures m ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published March 10th 2004 by Routledge
(first published November 13th 2003)
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I only ever watched the first series of Big Brother and that was because my flatmate at the time never had the tv on any other channel. I was somewhat sceptical about reading this book and it took me a lot longer to get through because I essentially found it boring. I am interested in body language and there were a couple of interesting points made, however the majority of this book consisted of long descriptions of various gestures and responses to them. I found it quite repetative and feel it ...more
Lengthy discussions on the history of gesture studies and related philosophical texts. Most examples come from the reality show Big Brother House, which I thankfully have not seen. Beattie cannot praise David McNeill enough - most of this book appears as a tribute to him. Compared to other popular body language writers, though, he makes incredible advances - exposes (instead of blindly following) the Mehrabian myth, but he does partake of the long tradition of quoting that single sentence by Edw ...more