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Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior…

Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior (1977)

by Desmond Morris

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Il controllo dei gesti inizia da una presa di coscienza. Ecco un esercizio molto semplice, ma molto prezioso. Aprite la mano destra, concentrate il vostro pensiero nel suo centro, poi dolcemente, lentamente, ripiegate le dita ponendo tutta la vostra attenzione in quel movimento finché avrete chiuso il pugno. ..

Fermatevi un istante e concentrate la vostra energia nel pugno, poi lentamente, dischiudete le dita e riaprite la mano… Fate questo esercizio mettendoci tutta la vostra consapevolezza, e vedrete che a poco a poco raggiungerete un grande controllo dei vostri gesti. Basta che facciate questo esercizio una sola volta, non diverrete più forti facendolo venti volte di seguito, ma fatelo ogni giorno, e come si deve.

“Control of our gestures starts with awareness. Here is an
exercise that is very simple but very valuable. Open your right
hand, concentrate your thoughts on the centre of your palm, then
gently and slowly fold your fingers in, focusing all your
attention on this movement until you have closed your fist. Stop
for a moment and concentrate your energy in your fist, then
slowly unfold your fingers and open your hand…
Put all your awareness into this exercise; you will see that you
will gradually achieve great mastery over your gestures. You only
need to do this exercise once; you will not become any stronger
by doing it twenty times running, but do it every day and do it
  AntonioGallo | Nov 2, 2017 |
Outdated now, but still an interesting read. I think Morris pioneered the concept of anthropological observation of "civilized" people as distinct from "primitive" tribespeople, at least I cant remember any others prior to him, but whatever academic value this book had long since become obsolete as anthropology has advanced by light years since its publication, but as a read its still entertaining and insightful. ( )
  drmaf | Oct 23, 2013 |
Desmond Morris studies mankind's social behavior and explains it as he would an animal, indeed pointing out in his introduction that "We are animals, after all." The photos make it interesting and are taken from many cultures, with a 1960s feel to them. Certainly worth looking through. ( )
  gbill | Oct 2, 2010 |
Desmond Morris is THE man. One of my academic heroes!!! ( )
  bridgetmarkwood | Mar 31, 2010 |
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