Peoplewatching : The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language Paperback
Peoplewatching is the culmination of a career of watching people - their behaviour and habits, their personalities and their quirks. Desmond Morris shows us how people, consciously and unconsciously, signal their attitudes, desires and innermost feelings with their bodies and actions, often more powerfully than with their words.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages, 32 illustrations
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/05/2002
- Category: Social & cultural anthropology
- ISBN: 9780099429784
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Review by roryridleyduff
Of the books I've read on body language, this is definitely the most comprehensive and scholarly. Unlike more simplistic texts (e.g. "I Know What You're Thinking" and "The Definitive Book of Body Language"), Desmond Morris tackles one of the most relevant, insightful and interesting issues in developing a knowledge of body language - regional variations.Most books pay some lip service to this (that gestures can mean different things in different cultures), but this text goes into considerably more detail, drawing geographical boundaries around particular types of gesture and enabling the reader to understand that body language is not a genetic system hard-wired into the body, but something that - like the spoken word - is an intergral part of the way we communicate within a culture. Indeed, the discussion in the opening chapter about the way people learn and develop makes the book worth buying even before you start considering the main subject matter. I want to complete reading this text - it is quite a volume - but I've already gained a deeper sensitivity for the subject than all the other more populist books I've read on this subject.