Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2098:
Mamihlapinatapai - We've all seen it and displayed it

Mamihlapinatapai (sometimes spelled mamihlapinatapei) is a Yaghan word (from the Yagán people of Tierra del Fuego) and is considered by many to be one of the most succinct words in the human experience. It means: "a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something that they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves." Experienced by us all, it is a body language display which often applies in potential  romance or flirting but it's also a common nonverbal displayed when someone is in need of help while others may watch and hesitate to come to their aid. 

See also:

Romance, Dating & Marriage - Body Language Secret # 1500: Six Degrees? Leaning In, Head Touching and the Manubrium - Kyra and Kevin are 10th Cousins, Once Removed

Dating & Romance Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1097: Looking at Carla's Legs

Romance, Flirting & Dating Body Language Secret # 1893: Nonverbal Communication of the Facial Platter

Dating & Romance Body Language Secret # 2020: The Nonverbal Art of Looking Flirtatious

Romance, Flirting & Dating Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1752: Wearing Red and Sexual Attraction  What are You Marketing?

Romance, Marriage and Dating - Body Language Secret # 609: Going from High Heels to Flats and then back to Heels

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1916: Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise are getting a Divorce -  What Body Language Metric Predicted This?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2: Body Language of Blake Lively and Penn Badgley Strongly Suggests an Impending Break-up in Near Future

Dating & Romance Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1010: What Makes the Twinkle in Her Eye?