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Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behaviour [Paperback]

Desmond Morris
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Triad Books (2 Nov 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586048871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586048870
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 7 Jun 2002
Ever wonder about the meaning/origins of symbols, gestures, cultural events/ceremonies etc.? Pick up this book ... and you're in for a marvellous ride into the most unexpected. Morris sees things which most others would miss. His best book, if you ask me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically interesting stuff 8 Jun 2002
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It is impossible to find someone who won't be interested in this book. A comprehensive study on our gestures, behaviour and fidgets which you would normally not think twice about...yet turn out to be a highly significant indication of your state of mind or subconscious thought.
Morris' extremely readable and easy style means you won't want to get up without having decoded all of your little idiosyncrasies. AMAZING!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the cover.... 9 Dec 2006
Manwatching is a new, different way of looking at your fellow man. In MANWATCHING, Desmond Morris has taken his work on human behaviour an important step beyond the controversial ideas set out in his earlier work, and presents the familiar in an unfamiliar light. He shows how people - even in a highly ordered modern society -- signal to each other their attitudes, desires and innermost feelings more powerfully through unconscious bodily movements than by word of mouth.

Since writing THE NAKED APE, Dr Morris has visited, fifteen countries, collecting countless observations of ways in which people act -- in public and in private. Now with the aid of a remarkable collection of drawings, photographs and historical prints, he guides the reader through a fascinating labyrinth of hunting, mating, status, territorial, leadership, ritual and taboo gestures and postures. For to understand what it is that makes people tick is to gain tolerance when confronted with human conflicts and tensions. And far from becoming remote and uncertain, the manwatcher instead finds himself more at ease in difficult situations, understanding them and can be more deeply involved with his fellow men.

NEW SCIENTIST: "A fascinating guide to gestures...superbly illustrated...one of the best presented books I have ever seen."

THE TIMES: "A clear and careful introduction to an involved subject."

THE GUARDIAN: "Witty observation and some fascinating laboratory work."

VOGUE: "Full of fascinatingly reductive and revealing insights counter pointed by clever illustration."

THE LISTENER: "There are subjects -- and Dr Morris's is one of them -- that are too entertaining...not to fall upon with delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 27 Sep 2011
By Claire
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Although this book at first appears a little dated, Desmond Morris has given a brilliantly consise and insight into human behaviour. I particularly like the way he has broken the book up into small, easily digested chapters that allow you to browse areas of interest easily. His sections on hand gestures are very well illustrated, and make for fascinating reading. Overall, this book is a great read for those interested in psychology or behaviour and his fluid style of writing makes it an effortless read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought This in 1979 19 Jun 2009
I started work in 1979 - for the Inland Revenue as it happens...
With my first weeks pay I bought this book and still have it on my bookshelf, I loved it and knew everything about body language before most people had ever heard of it, I was seventeen and Desmond Morris taught me more about people than anyone else could have.
I never got promoted.
Go figure.
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