- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Perseus; Auflage: New (16. Mai 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0813327474
- ISBN-13: 978-0813327471
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,7 x 22,9 cm
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Reading Faces: Window To The Soul? (New Directions in Social Psychology) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Juni 1997
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Do we read character in faces? What information do faces actually provide? Why do we associate certain facial qualities with particular character traits? What are the social and psychological consequences of reading character in faces? Zebrowitz unmasks the face and provides the first systematic, scientific account of our tendency to judge people by their appearance. Offering an in-depth analysis of two appearance qualities that influence our impressions of othersbabyfaceness and attractivenessand an account of these impressions, Zebrowitz has written an accessible and valuable book for professionals and general readers alike. }Do we read character in faces? What information do faces actually provide? Why do we associate certain facial qualities with particular character traits? What are the social and psychological consequences of reading character in faces? Zebrowitz unmasks the face and provides the first systematic, scientific account of our tendency to judge people by their appearance.
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I would highly recommend this work to anyone interested in people and personality.
In Reading Faces, the author spends a great deal of pages (and well researched material) to dispel the myth that there is a direct and systematic link between our facial appearance and psychological traits. But, unlike what another reviewer said, Leslie Zebrowitz does not say that there is absolutely no link between them. Through her model of appearance-traits relations in chapter 3 and 8 she explains how biology and environment can influence directly or indirectly that relation and how an individual may react to it (surfing along ones appearance => self-fulfilling prophecy; fighting it => self-defeating prophecy...).
The point is that there is no simple (simplistic, rather I should say) or systematic (if you wide a wide chin, broad jaw then it automatically means that you are strong willed, authoritarian...) appearance-traits link as some books or people pretend there is. As a matter of fact, I have yet to find a book/article/speaker on face reading that backup their system or claims with scientifically validated studies (as opposed to Leslie Zerbrowitz who thoroughly references every point she makes).
Does that mean that the other books on face reading are a waste of time or trees? No, rather they should be used with a different optic. These books could help us understand better what our face tells other and how instrumental it is in forming a first impression. According to researcher Albert Meharabian ("Non Verbal communication", Chicago, Adline-Athernon, 1972) when we first meet someone, the words we say only represent 7% of our total messages. For the rest, 38% of what is perceived is through our voice (tone, speed, intonation...) and the remaining 55% through our appearance and body language. So, do read these other books on face reading, but not before having read Leslie Zerbrowitz one (herself a baby face in a self-defeating prophecy mode from what we can read between the lines). Also, keep in mine that facial clues are significant signals that will be perceived consciously and subconsciously by other and although they do play an important role in one's life they do not represent simplistic/systematic personality traits indicators.
I don't give this book 5 star rating because of the form. The content could have been a little better organized and reader friendly. Still it remains highly readable.
In a strictly scientific analysis, Zebrowitz explores the tendency to judge people by the way they look. Why? Can we trust it?
Almost all book is devoted to this first question - why we do it? And explains why we find some faces more atractive than others, the sex-appealing face cues, the main parts of the face that we look at and if they have some link to the way people are (their behaviour and personality).
The final chapter concludes that there is no scientific evidence that we can link the facial cues to one's personality. However the interesting thing of the book is the scientific facts and studies that you get to know before you come to the conclusion.
A massive study on all aspects of face attraction and perception.