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EX-FBI AGENT’S GUIDE TO SPEED-READING PEOPLE

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Posted by abeodbart August 31, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Wikipedia states that body language is a form of non-verbal communication, consisting of body pose, gestures, eye movements and paralinguistic cues(i.e. tone of voice and rate of speech). Humans send and interpret such signals unconsciously. It is often said that human communication consists of 93% body language and paralinguistic cues, while only 7% of communication consists of words themselves – however, Albert Mehrabian, the researcher whose 1960s work is the source of these statistics, has stated that this is a misunderstanding of the findings. Others assert that “Research has suggested that between 60 and 70 percent of all meaning is derived from nonverbal behavior.”

Whatever the case the understanding of body language is both constantly changing due to trends, globally expanding social groups and exposure to media on a mass level. There has been an ever increasing level of understanding on the subject and it’s been popularised in recent years to the extent that claims from NLP’ers suggest you can completely control people (much like Mr Brown does) from simple body language gestures and use of clever language such as “anchoring”.

The problem is the flip side – that of reading people – before you even approach anyone you need to know what type of person there are and how they feel towards you. Possibly one of the better books on this is the book “What Every Body Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-reading People“. It explains reading body language in a clear and efficient manner and applies it to real world situations quite effectively.

Whilst it states “These skills will increase your ability to accurately assess moods, decode behaviors, anticipate problems, avoid hidden pitfalls, influence negotiations, and understand the secret motivations of those around you.” – a brave claim – it will certainly aid you in day-to-day interpersonal skills and assist you in knowing more abou how people feel towards you in various situations.

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VILLAGES’ KILLER STONING FESTIVAL BANNED

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Posted by abeodbart August 31, 2009 at 12:10 pm

A CENTURIES-old festival in which residents from rival Indian villages throw stones at each other – often leaving people dead or injured – has been banned.
The annual Gotmar festival in an impoverished central region of the country involved teams competing to capture a tree placed in a river running between two villages as crowds pelted rocks and pebbles across the divide.

The origin of the custom is unclear, but many locals in Madhya Pradesh state believe it developed from the tale of two young lovers who lived on either side of the river and wanted to elope together.

News.com.au (Thanks SarahWoo)

NINE ATTEMPTED TO ‘HYPNOTISE VIEWERS’

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Posted by abeodbart August 31, 2009 at 12:09 pm

The communications watchdog has found Channel Nine breached the TV Code of Practice in a stunt that aimed to   Hypnotise     Viewers.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that the segment broadcast on the program, A Current Affair, in September last year was designed to induce a hypnotic state in viewers.

During the segment, entitled Think Slim, references were made by the program’s host, the reporter and a hypnotherapist to the fact that the story would feature a demonstration of a hypnotic process designed to help with weight loss.

The segment culminated with a brief hypnotherapy session that lasted for about one minute.

ABC News (Thanks SarahWoo)

HOW PSYCHOLOGY CAN HELP THE PLANET STAY COOL

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Posted by abeodbart August 31, 2009 at 12:08 pm

“I’M NOT convinced it’s as bad as the experts make out… It’s everyone else’s fault… Even if I turn down my thermostat, it will make no difference.” The list of reasons for not acting to combat global warming goes on and on.

This month, an American Psychological Association (APA) task force released a report highlighting these and other psychological barriers standing in the way of action. But don’t despair. The report also points to strategies that could be used to convince us to play our part. Sourced from psychological experiments, we review tricks that could be deployed by companies or organisations to encourage climate-friendly behaviour.

As advertisers of consumer products well know, different groups of people may have quite distinct interests and motivations, and messages that seek to change behaviour need to be tailored to take these into account. “You have to target the marketing to the demographic,” says Robert Gifford of the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, another of the report’s authors.

The affluent young, for instance, tend to be diet conscious, and this could be used to steer them away from foods like cheeseburgers – one of the most climate-unfriendly meals around because of the energy it takes to raise cattle. So when trying to convince them to forgo that carbon-intensive beef pattie, better to stress health benefits than harp on about the global climate.

New Scientist (Thanks Eliza)

PETITION TO CHANGE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM – PLEASE SIGN

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Posted by abeodbart August 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm

We, the people of Britain, feel that our current National Anthem has lost a bit of its sparkle.  When we are confronted by the rare occasion of us winning a medal at the Olympics, we all have to mumble through “God Save The Queen”, well God help us!  We would thereby like to table the suggestion that we change the National Anthem to something more modern and appropriate and that will re-invigorate our pride.  What we specifically want to see, is that the National Anthem be changed in favour of “Gold” by Spandau Ballet.

Petition (Thanks Houdinia)

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