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Body Language For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Elizabeth Kuhnke

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Chapter 11

Playing with Props

In This Chapter

arrow Projecting your self-image

arrow Putting glasses to good use

arrow Performing the rituals – smoking, make-up, and dressing

Every moment of every day, you project an image of yourself just as other people project images of themselves. People use a plethora of props, such as items of clothing, pens, glasses, smoking paraphernalia, and make-up to create an image. Mention props to an actress and her eyes come alive. She knows that these inanimate objects are her friends. Props can create an image behind which you can hide or through which you can reveal your character.

As you observe someone and the way in which she accessorises herself, you can figure out what that person’s like. Your success rate depends on your level of sensitivity, and your ability to recognise and interpret what other people’s choice of props, or accessories, is revealing.

In this chapter, I look at how the way you handle your props reflects your thoughts, mood, and attitude. I also consider the choices of props, and how you use them to create a perception. Finally, I consider the power behind the prop.

Using Accessories to Reflect Mental States

How people use their accessories ...

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