The Social-Engineer Podcast

Welcome to the Social-Engineer Podcast: The Doctor Is In Series – where we will discuss understandings and developments in the field of psychology.  


In today’s episode, Chris and Abbie are not just going to talk about nonverbal communication at an observational level, but lay the ground work for a deeper understanding of nonverbals. Not just what certain behaviors tell us but WHY they tell us this, and where nonverbal communication originated from! [Nov 07, 2022] 


00:00 – Intro 

00:17 – Dr. Abbie Maroño Intro 

01:10 – Intro Links 

04:01 – The topic of the day: Nonverbal Communication 

10:25 – Everything comes back to Darwin 

15:25 – In Utero 

18:54 – A picture speaks 1000 words 

20:31 – More "nature" than "nurture" 

23:20 – Cultural vs Universal Gestures 

27:17 – Looking at "Intention" 

32:24 – Linking Non-verbals to Intention 

36:32 – The Doctor is REALLY in! 

38:37 – Don't Look Up (or away!) 

42:35 – Response Behavior 

46:58 – Neuroception - Trust your gut! 

53:48 – The Takeaway 

56:04 – Man's Best Friend 

57:13 – Wrap Up  

58:53 – Book Recommendations 


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