People read emotions using the whole body, not just facial expressions.

Interesting linked story from USA-NPR. "A new study suggests that people actually don’t use (those kinds of) extreme facial expressions to judge how a person is feeling. Instead, surprisingly, people rely on body cues."10474_432939223421191_130273908_n
This, of course is not a surprise to Dance Movement Therapists. 🙂 We are trained to assess peoples feelings based on among other things, their whole body.

This story reminded me of a quote from W.B. Yeats; ““We only believe those thoughts which have been conceived not in the brain but in the whole body.”

In the context of this story I guess it would be: “We only believe those emotions expressed by the whole body and not just the face” R.B. Brunner


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