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Child inside us

Early childhood brings challenges and opportunities that we've to tackle with the help of our parents and care-takers. We all display different kinds of expressions that let the other know about discomfort, anxieties, fear, liking, comfort and joy. After growing older, basic patterns of expressions remain almost same.

A little fine tuning, mimicking, learning, pressure of mannerism and a lots of real world experiences make the adults react, express and behave differently than children. Also, we try to hide, suppress or even fake expressions for our own interest. Moreover, we learn languages for communicating with people.

Look at following pictures and find how children and adult show matching facial expressions and emblems. Given below are a few examples but actually there are many more.

Oh! Look at that. (Alertness)
Yak, i don't like it. (Disgust)
Do you hear that? (Spatial focus)
I'm ready for photo. (Attention seeking)
When this all going to end? (Boredom)
Can you help me out of this? (Sadness)
What's that? (Surprise)
What a stressful life is? (Self-soothing)
You are not listening to me. (Grieving)
Anything is not right. (Out crying)
Hey, nice to talk to you. (Cheerfulness)
It's really funny...I like it! (Amusement)
So horrible! (Fear)
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Face to Face

Nowadays, in commercialized and competitive world, it seems that we overrate "face value". It's all about the way we (try) to look, influence and attract around us. We're always after enhancing inherited physical aspects, dress up - groom well and even fake something we don't have originally.

Actually, our plain physical appearance doesn't get expected results most of time. So what exactly we miss or ignore while communicating or interacting with people? What are the basic "x factors" our mind looks for? 

Everyone knows well that we can't judge or evaluate anything or anybody without observing or sensing it face to face or in reasonable proximity. Our eyes and other sensory organs play a crucial role in collecting information and trying to understand about anything we come across at every moment. 

It's quite evident in disabled persons that other senses compensate their nonfunctional or disordered sensory organ(s). It's the process that runs continuously and our survival depends upon same. Can we ever imagine a person living even after its all senses got disabled?

In this modern era, we still follow same rules that date back to millions of years. In subconscious terms, today’s material, techniques, communication channels and concepts are different than that of ancient world but we’re almost similar to our ancestors.

Many times, we realize that we behave or respond similarly to what we would have done thousand or millions year back. Acquaintances and relationships also get developed over time by old rules and ways - by judging comfort, discomfort and sustainability.

"Bridging" a gap between each other by sharing unknowns
More we perceive the person as favorable; more we likely to relate ourselves with it. It’s almost a dynamic process than static and our opinion and thoughts about the others might alter after every exchange. First impression may not last longer because it mostly derived from mere appearance or purposefully adapted avatar. Image gradually builds and keeps shifting so there’s an opportunity to be hopeful about.

It may not be noticed consciously but we all express emotions, feelings and intentions about every other person we face or stay around. Perhaps, we couldn’t name each and every unspoken exchange taking place between two persons but our subconscious mind figures it out very preciously. It’s very snap judgment that depends upon state of mind, outlook and complexes we develop by time.

Body shows how we evaluate and connect with others.
Face to face or close interaction gives us unique opportunity to know others and let others know about us. It’s the way we evaluate and exchange mutually and it’s at the core of every relationship. Our natural defense mechanism gets into action at fullest the time we get face to face with each other. It becomes very decisive mode of interaction - full of challenges and opportunities equally.

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