As Others See Us: Body Movement and the Art of Successful Communication

As Others See Us: Body Movement and the Art of Successful Communication

As Others See Us: Body Movement and the Art of Successful Communication

As Others See Us: Body Movement and the Art of Successful Communication

Synopsis

Prologue1. Perceiving Movement2. Looking at Movement: Gestures and Postures3. Integrated Movement: The Moment of Truth4. Experiencing Integrated Movement5. Friendship6. Relationships7. Family8. Getting to Work9. The Body10. The Art of Life, Posture, Gesture and Integrated Movement in Art11. ReflectionsEpilogue: Our Quantam LeapNotes Biographical SketchesBibliographyAdditional Readings

Excerpt

Movement equals survival. Without the common adaptations we automatically make to our surroundings we could feel lost in a frightening and alien environment 'For instance, it would be impossible to be aware of all of the elements of perception we need to perform even a simple task like crossing a street. It takes an amazing amount of perceptual skill just to estimate speed of approaching cars and regulate our response.

There are several specific experiments designed to give us an appreciation of the complexities of perception. One is called The Crooked Room ; in which everything is crooked: the floor, the walls, the furniture. When we are in this room, we can feel our inner sensation struggling to keep balance and to make sense of the experience. When we leave, the 'real world' seems distorted and scrambled but just for a while, until the steady feedback of the environment convinces us to return to normal.

In our personal universe, each of us experiences ourselves as the center. We are each like the sun, and all of the objects in our environment relate to us. But we depend on our environment to provide us with a sense of movement.

To experience this, the next time you walk down a tree-lined street, try to notice the alternation of parallel movement in the rows of trees and buildings in your visual field. Whatever is closest to you will seem to move backward, while the next row of trees seems to travel with you .

On the largest scale, if we imagined ourselves in outer space observing the earth, human movement would become insignificant. Yet within the sphere of our own lives it's importance is monumental. Our perception is very selective. We cannot simultaneously experience all movement at once. The result is that ever-present movement and movement on vastly different scales tend to drop out of our perception. Remember, our planet is spinning at a rate of 800 miles

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