Reading Body Language
Reading Body Language: It’s all tied together. As you follow your quest on reading body language, you should know one crucial thing… looks can be deceiving. And so can be appearances. However, the society doesn’t usually acknowledge this when reading body language.
May be it’s because it can’t acknowledge this crumb of wisdom. Studies in reading body language done so far suggest that infants below 6 months of age fix upon faces that are rated as nice-looking by adults, much more often compared to the faces that are rated as unappealing by adults.
Some studies indicate that when babies get a year old, they prefer playing with strangers who’re rated as pretty unlike the ones who’re grossly rated as unappealing. Is this a sign of learned characteristic? And let’s see how this is related to the art of reading body language.
Some recent studies in reading body language show that moms….
of prettier newborns usually show much more affection towards the baby compared to the moms of less appealing infants. The study in reading body language we are referring to actually had each and every baby rated on the basis of attractiveness (through photographs) and the some college students carried out the research.
The moms and the infants were after that observed for 20 to 30 minutes before they left the hospital. Sounds harsh, but moms of the prettier newborns tended to show more love to the babies (e.g. holding the baby closer, patting on them much more often and doing much more “baby talk” to them.
Moms of less nice-looking babies were rather seen paying more attention to people around them. Ironically, they were rather more concerned with typical things like “diaper duty” (I’m serious here!). So what do we conclude about reading body language? Appearances do matters…..
The whole story starts out in the stage of infancy and keeps going over till the adult phase and onwards. Sounds ugly though, but we all more or less try to rate people on their appearances. We’re told to (and we ourselves tell others to) treat everybody equal.
Still, we hardly do. On an average, people are mean enough to avoid the unappealing, obese, poorly dressed or “uncool” part of the population. It is really unfortunate but true that, this really goes way beyond kids. Teachers tend to favor the prettier students.
And studies indicate that teachers (consciously or unconsciously) believe that attractive, chic, and elegant dressed children who’re smarter than the less pretty peers. And this is the reason many children spiral downhill to the trail of a pessimistic self-fulfilling prophecy. That’s the way things are folks… we’re used to reading body language in light of people’s appearances.