Go Ahead, Lie To Me

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Human beings long to read minds; to help friends through hard times, to understand why the man on the bus is staring at someone else, the parents who just found out what wrong their child has done, the man being interviewed for a corporate job, the cop interviewing a suspect of a recent crime. These are all examples of everyday situations that exemplify why a person would want to just look at his peers, relative, possible employees, or suspects and just know what they are thinking. What these people do not know, though, is that this ability is entirely possible. A subject's true intentions can be exposed through observation of his unconscious expressions and body language. Just by observing the people around him, a person can interpret the thoughts of anyone whom they come into contact. Facial expressions are the first signs of a subject's underlying truths. The study of these expressions and the emotions that lie beneath them is called Physiognomy, also referred to as Anthropology. The first known record of physiognomic theory is in the fourth century writings of the Greek philosopher Aristotle (“Physiognomy”, Absolute Astronomy 5). The theory of physiognomy was well accepted by other Greek philosophers such as Polemo of Leodicea, Adamantitus the Sophist, and even the Greek mathematician Pythagoras. During the Middle Ages, dispute over the validity of physiognomics broke out, which ended in the practice being outlawed by King Henry VIII in 1531. The practice was later made popular once again by Swiss pastor Johann Kaspar Lavater who, in 1772, wrote essays on the subject of physiognomy in German which were later translated into French and English as they rapidly gained popularity (“Physiognomy”, Absolute Astronomy 10). Througho... ... middle of paper ... ... movement and the deconding of face and body cues". SpringerLink. 26 October, 2009 . "Micromomentary movement and the deconding of face and body cues". METT Online. 26 October, 2009 . "Physiognomy". Absolute Astronomy. 25 October, 2009 . "Physiognomy". Wikipedia. 26 October, 2009 . “Proxemics”. Wikipedia. 27 October, 2009 Sheppard, Mike. "Proxemics". UNM Computer Science. 28 October, 2009 . Woodson, Byron. "It is Written All Over Your Face: Understanding Facial Expressions". Persuasive.net. 25 October, 2009 .

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