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Body Language Observations: Kim Jong-un and Trump. What are they really saying?

With the big meet this week between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, I wanted to share some observations on snippets of video footage. 

While there are hundreds of nonverbal signals throughout the footage, mentioning them all would be like analysing every spoken word. Instead, I've selected a handful of noteworthy signals. Let's start with the initial greeting and progress to potential 'red flag' moments!

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Seasons Greetings and a BIG Thank You!

A big thank you to all of your support and requests this year. We wouldn't be here without you!

We've been working hard (playing Santa), to fulfil your requests. Although some things are still work in progress, today we launched our SHOP! As a thank you, we currently have everything on sale, with huge discounts– until the end of January. Hopefully, some of the sessions will be able to help fulfil some of your New Year resolutions. There are some freebies too! Be sure to check it out.

For me, it's been an emotional roller coaster of a year- not a good year, with the loss of my mum. But I'm determined to get 2018 off to a great start- watch this space.

In the name of seasonal festivities, I've made you a cheesy animation to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...

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Sharing some good news: I'm working on a TED-Ed animation!

Yippee, I got the go ahead to share my good news with you! I've been working on a script for a TED-Ed animation and it's finally coming to fruition. The TED-Ed team have brought in the director, animator and narrator/actor to work their magic and bring it to life. This is a huge thrill for me, since I've been a TED obsessive for years. My TED-Ed lesson animation is about emotional expression– universal expressions, so over the next few weeks, I'll be posting some supporting information on the subject on my blog. 

If you aren't already familiar with TED-Ed animations, here's one by Peter Mende-Siedlecki, I think you may find it interesting- it's about first impressions, which are incredibly important for setting us up for successful interactions. It's less than 5 minutes long. 

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Lloyd Rayney: Truth or Lies? Are his Words and Behaviours Aligned?

Last week a client asked me if I'd ever blogged about Lloyd Rayney, a prominent Perth Barrister, who in 2010 was charged with the murder of his wife (2007). He was found 'not guilty' in 2012. I'm not too familiar with the case as I didn't pay much attention to it at the time; back then I lived in the UK and later, on the other side of Australia, in Sydney. From what little I had heard, since moving to Perth a year ago, I assumed Lloyd Rayney was guilty. This was largely based on public consensus in Perth, though I don't directly recall any conversations about the case, so most likely I've been swayed by the media.

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Why you felt Professor Kelly's discomfort, as his children interrupted his BBC interview.

I'm sure many of you saw South Korea expert Professor Robert Kelly's reaction to the unexpected interruption by his children, live on air, as he was interviewed by the BBC. I'm also sure that you sensed the discomfort he experienced as it happened. But do you know why? Do you know exactly what you saw in Professor Kelly's nonverbal cues that caused you to sense his discomfort?

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What happens to our body when we feel an emotion?

When we experience emotions we feel physical sensations within our body. Have you ever stopped in the moment of an emotion, to evaluate what you are feeling? And where that feeling is? In an emotion, our brain triggers physiological changes within our body. These changes alter our autonomic processes (processes we don't consciously control), such as heart rate, breathing, sweating and blink rate. In turn these physiological changes create physical feelings, or sensations, within our body. We associate these physical feelings with the emotion. Researchers at Aalto University have created visual bodily maps of emotions, based on self reported bodily sensations, experienced when an emotion was triggered. The results were gathered from 701 participants from around the world. 

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 'alcomy' an ancient Scottish tongue variant (16th c.), OF. alcamiealkemie, etc., alchemy.]


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