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Wed, Feb. 18th, 2004 02:11 pm
My Face???

I was talking with my counselor on Monday, and one of the things that we've been working on is how to improve my ability to communicate (i.e. effectively small talk) and one of the things she mentioned was that, while I maintain an open posture and respond appropriately to things, the expression on my face is flat. According to her (and I trust her knowledge on this), when people talk, 70% of the communication happens non-verbally and usually through facial expression.

One of the problems with keeping a flat expression is that it's difficult for others to tell if I'm actually interested in what they have to say or if I am affirming what they have to say or not. Essentially, people have a hard time telling if I'm bored by them or not.

In all honesty, I'm not usually bored by what people have to say. Frankly, I wish more people would talk to me (not necessarily more talking, but more people doing that talking would be nice). There are occasions when the talking needs to stop, but whatever...

Anyway, so I'm trying to process how on earth I would start incorporating expression into my face as I speak. I have no idea how I'm going to do this. Most facial expressions don't seem natural to me. The only way they'd be natural is if they were actually triggered by how I feel, but considering that emotions are a completely different bag, it's hard to think about.

I suppose it's just something I'll need to think about.



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The Seven Intelligence Areas
Linguistic: 8
Logical-Mathematical: 10
Spatial: 10
Bodily-Kinesthetic: 4
Musical: 12
Interpersonal: 9
Intrapersonal: 11

A Short Definition of your Highest Score
Musical - the ability to understand and develop musical technique, to respond emotionally to music and to work together to use music to meet the needs of others, to interpret musical forms and ideas, and to create imaginative and expressive performances and compositions. Possible vocations that use the musical intelligence include technician, music teacher, instrument maker, choral, band, and orchestral performer or conductor, music critic, aficionado, music collector, composer, conductor, and individual or small group performer.

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krikketgirl
krikketgirl
Kat
Wed, Feb. 18th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)

One thing that I've heard suggested before (in various self-help books) is to sit in front of a mirror and read aloud from a book and try to match whatever facial expressions the character would be using. Don't know if that would help, but it might be worth a shot!


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