Non-verbal Communication in Depression

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 26, 2007 - Psychology - 284 pages
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How does mood affect non-verbal communication, the gazes, gestures and facial expressions which accompany dialogue? This important monograph, based on a longitudinal study of five hundred interviews with depressed patients and normal subjects, systematically examines the ways in which mental illness may affect non-verbal interaction patterns. A number of specific patterns of non-verbal behaviour are identified which relate directly to psychological state and also depend on the interaction of the participants in a dialogue. Non-verbal Communication in Depression is not only rich in much-needed empirical data, but it also offers a fresh theoretical and methodological perspective on communicative behaviour in general. Most importantly, perhaps, it represents a real advance in our understanding of the functions of various non-verbal mechanisms and thus provides the clinical psychologist and psychiatrist with an important diagnostic tool.
 

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Contents

Social interaction and affective state of depression
18
Longitudinal study during the course of depression methodological
32
Facial expression of mood and emotions
45
improvement of wellbeing
65
Gaze and speech
84
Gestures
124
Nonverbal reaction patterns
150
parameters
159
Nonverbal expression of mood General discussion
163
Interview and Rating Scales
184
Tables
199
References
234
Index of authors
257
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