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Good overview of a neglected topic

  • Jan 14, 2000
There aren't many good books illustrating the complexity of our nonverbal communication in a practical way. They usually break down into simplistic popular books claiming that specific gestures mean specific things, and then scholarly but tedious tomes about the myriad factors in nonverbal communication. This book fills part of that gap very nicely with practical real-life examples of ways we communicate and act without explicit awareness of what we are doing. And most importantly, it discusses the implications of these phenomena. Many things that seem mysterious or even supernatural can be elegantly and usefully understood in terms of sophisticated forms of communication without conscious awareness. This book thankfully goes well beyond the crude 'debunking' of pendulums and calculating horses, and shows a real appreciation for mechanisms underlying a number of remarkable effects. The only weakness, as an academic text, is that the book does not cover some of the pertinent recent research, but its moderate scope is part of what makes it so readable compared to other similar texts.

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Everyone in the field of mental retardation, and for that matter every student and teacher of psychology, should read this smart, informative, fascinating little book.
American Journal on Mental Retardation

This book should go a long way to remove some of the fraud from areas that border on popular psychology. It is highly recommended to those concerned with that area as well as those who are interested in covert behavior and electromyography.
International Journal of Stress Management

Nonconscious Movements is a welcome contribution to the psychology underlying the processes of all manner of so-called spiritually facilitated or metaphysically enhanced communications.
Midwest Book Review

This is an intriguing and important masterpiece, a-once-in-a-decade accomplishment that has the intellectual integrity and carefully reasoned potency to cut through the sorry thicket of rampant scientific hucksterism and sorcery that preys on families and contaminates society, and whose practitioners, whether charlatans or true believers, engorge at the public and political trough.
Alfred A. Baumeister, Ph.D.

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ISBN-10: 0805825630
ISBN-13: 978-0805825633
Author: Herman Spitz
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Routledge
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