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August 28, 2011

Keen observation is the key

Interpreting human (and also animal) nonverbal communication and body language is both an art and science. Keen observation, picking minute details and contextual analysis are absolutely necessities for becoming a proficient in people reading, before becoming expert.

It start with right from identifying the basic nonverbal patterns in different situations, environments and circumstances under which people you observe do move, behave, act, react, interact, respond and express themselves normally.

Airport, railway station, stadium, super market, auditorium, restaurant, park, garden, beach, disco bar, social club, festival, fair, party, exhibition, gathering, hospital etc. are locations where people from various age groups, ethnicity, cultures, genders, professions, places, statuses, socio-economical backgrounds, physical attributes and personalities gather, come together, share physical places and interact with each other and you can observe them very comfortably from a close distance.

While observing people, they should not notice that somebody is observing them because they may feel offended, nervous or behave differently. Subtlety, stealthiness and secrecy is the best policy. Observing without letting others notice about it is what exactly investigators, detectives, spies or secret agents do routinely by putting dark glasses, goggles or sheds on their eyes and behave normally.

Shopping malls are good places to observe a large no. of people.

Developing a non-interrogating, non-threatening and relaxed gaze helps you observe people safely. Also, the peripheral vision can greatly help you in the same. Due to wider peripheral vision, women have an innate ability to spot, observe, watch and spy on somebody without even looking at the person directly. That's the very reason why hardly anybody can catch them observing others in public.

Other safer, comfortable and convenient ways to watch people are still photographs, movie clips, television shows and candid video tapes. Beware before drawing firm conclusions from professional or paid acts, commercial advertisements and staged performances as they are scripted and shoot in a quite controlled o an artificial environments and also edited before broadcasting or making public.

However, they would greatly help you in sharpening your observation skill. Moreover, turning off the volume would be the best way to become more attuned to bare visual clues. Matter of fact is that noise, music, words and voices divert our attention from physical expressions and clues that are more profound, solid and reliable.

Silent or speechless movies are the great observational material to know underlying emotions and intentions that actors and actresses want to convey nonverbally. Watching movies in the language which you are not aware of is also a great learning material to speculate what actors and actresses would be talking in the given moment by looking at their physical expressions.

Always remember that the devil lies in details and ordinary or na├»ve people don't pay much attentions to same. More you start picking smaller details, better you become as an observer. It would bring you a tremendous advantage in becoming a great analyst in the future. Good and keen passive observation would enlighten you, broaden your social horizon, amuse you thoroughly and also invest your time only for good returns.

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