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Thursday, August 16, 2018

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE STEEPLED FINGERS

   
SHERLOCK HOLMES
AND THE CASE OF
THE STEEPLED FINGERS
Many actors have played the role of Sherlock Holmes. Each of them has found a certain pose to express their version of Sherlock in thinking mode—most often by steepling their fingers.
 
In reality, in the language of micro-expressions and gestures, steepling of the fingers (or hands pressed together and held in front of the body as if in prayer) is a sign of superiority. In Sherlock’s case this may actually be appropriate.
 
Thinking is more correctly displayed by (usually) the non-dominate hand touching the forehead (sometimes with a slight rubbing movement of the fingers as if dealing with a minor headache) and the face downward with a neutral expression.
Thinking, or more correctly contemplating, is also displayed by hands gently clasped and a relaxed body. This is usually accompanied by 'soft' or distanced eye expressiions. A sub-set of this is Sherlock's thinking/contemplation while using his violin...
 

Anxiety can be interpreted by seeing hands clasped behind the head in frustration, or fingers (usually from the dominant hand) stroking the upper lip...
 
 
Interpreting body language and facial expressions is both a science and an art. It is also open to subjective interpretations. A great interrogator can read these cues and apply experience, context, and intuition to hear what the body is saying. Remember, if the mouth says one thing and the body another, always believe the body...



1 comment:

  1. Looks as if three Sherlocks are southpaws, although two seem to be right-handed fiddle players.

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