Laughing is healthy, it keeps us fit und is strengthening the immune system and it is infectious. Feelings in general are extremely infectious. We all can hardly avoid joining in when somebody is laughing out loud. If you don’t believe try yourselves!
Meeting a cheerful friend after a long and hard business day lifts our spirits way faster than trying to relax at home. Probably we are laughing about the day’s misfortunes at the end of the day. But not only positive emotions are infectious. The mood of a really depressed person gets us down and sad movies give us food for thoughts. It’s not only what people are saying but the whole attitude affects us. If we are watching two people in a conversation we can often observe that both are acting the same way. One person is copying the others posture like sitting cross-legged or supporting the head with the hand. Interacting with our counterpart leads to a bilateral imitation and results in an alignment of the other person’s mood.
Which sense does it make to cry while watching a movie or to watch the penalties with excitement even if it doesn’t change our lives? Continue reading
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The first impression of a person is very hard to change. Even if we know we caught the person on the wrong foot we hardly change our mind. Biologically this comes from the fact that our species learned to avoid being exploited or cheated by interpreting the signals other people are sending. In terms of a photo for a job application this means the impression of being able to work in a team or at least willing to work.
The fear that we are assessed by our photo first and second by our skills is real. That’s why a photo on an application from is already forbidden or at least a no go in some countries, e.g. USA. Even more, because a decision whether you get employed or booked based on a picture is discriminating. Continue reading
A few days ago a short video, developed within my work with students, has been honored at the Wiener Jugend Friedenspreis. A group of students at the Wiener Volkshochschulen was fascinated by the work on gestures and decided to make a submission.
People all over the world look different. We are able to guess from which part of the world people are just by looking at their faces – but we can’t differentiate people from the same region without dealing longer with those people. But it’s even more complicated!
We live no longer in the countries our ancestors came from; people from different origins are related and start families. This is what makes us beautiful and special. The mixing of cultures leads to more tolerance and makes us kind of attractive. It’s possible to calculate and visualize the average face of some different faces by setting anatomicaly reliable points on each face. Continue reading