Posts tagged Body Langugae
Troubled by accusations of double standards, Lisa Wilkinson's blink rate increases to a whopping 105 blinks per minute!

Another form of eye blocking is blinking. In stressful situations- when faced with something we don't like, our blink rate increases. This is another nonverbal cue that often goes unnoticed. And although not in itself an indicator of deception, an increased blink rate is often seen in people when they lie. 

In the video below, Lisa Wilkinson, from Australia's Today show exhibits an increased blink rate as she responds to co-host, Karl Stefanovic's accusation of her having double standards. As you can see, she blinks fairly rapidly during her response, indicating stress. Her blink rate has increased to a whopping 105 blinks per minute, from her average blink rate of 36 blinks per minutes, when presenting under less challenging circumstances. 

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"The part of the brain that controls decision making, doesn't control language", Simon Sinek. So how can we build trust, nonverbally?

This is what your subconscious brain sees when you interact with someone, or if you see them from a distance and you can't see their hands! It may seem a little far fetched, but research shows that the first place we look when we see someone, is their hands.

From an evolutionary perspective this makes sense. Our ancestors, over thousands of years and until relatively recently, needed to know whether the person approaching was a friend or foe. It was a matter of life or death. Is that person carrying a weapon or not? Is my life in imminent danger? Today, most people don't have have this risk to contend with, however we still look at the hands first. Our hands are our biggest trust indicators and if they're not visible- then it just doesn't feel right. 

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