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October 18, 2010

Emotional expressions are manipulated

We are smartest liars.
All non-human creatures of our planet survive and reproduce naturally in their respective ecosystems. They survive with their sheer physical capabilities, instincts, reflexes and predictive behaviors while lacking verbal abilities like us. Hence they find no difficulty in understanding, judging each other and responding accordingly.

This is not the case in human world at all and because of same we need to spend more mental energy just in predicting that what other person has in his mind or might be thinking us at given moment. This is what every parents needs to teach its children along with words and numbers.

Even though its a greatest gift to mankind, verbal communication has many drawbacks. Actually, all verbal languages came (or - supposed to come) into existence for accelerating exchange and spreading information to many by eradicating confusions, wrong guesses and false assumptions.

If we consider this as a thumb rule then nonverbal expressions should match with verbal message that anyone conveys. This doesn't happens every time because thinking is an unique quality that gives us the power to control and manipulate true emotional expressions on purpose.

Picking clue of distress
For securing personal or social interests, both verbal and nonverbal message is consciously regulated to inhibit or tamper actual motivations. Expressions discord with words while betraying or diverting somebody.

Defensive, distracting or submissive gestures, postures and expressions are automatically adapted, made or given away. Brain immediately anticipates threat of being exposed and getting punished and tries to dispose it somehow.

Some of us are very good lie detectors because they can accurately pick nonverbal clues like fear, sadness, guilt or nervousness being suppressed by liars. We wonder about abilities of such persons but they've nothing but proven skills to monitor and interpret emotional expressions of others and more importantly - their own. Until one doesn't know how emotional expressions are (or - can be) manipulated.

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