Desmond John Morris (born 24 January ) is an English zoologist, ethologist and surrealist . Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behaviour () – includes discussion of topic “Tie Signs”; Gestures: Their Origin and Distribution ( ). A catalogue of human actions, postures, gestures, facial expressions, clothing, and adornments includes explanations of their underlying causes and meanings. Desmond Morris, Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human. Behavior (New York: Abrams, ), pp. and Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6.

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One of the key features of humans, according to his overall theory, is that unlike other species we never lose the curiosity and inventiveness of youth. The runaway success of The Naked Ape allowed him to run away – he says he knew it was a sensation when he heard Burt Lancaster had bought the film rights.

He says that for a million years or more men had to go out and face down woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers, develop strategies to overcome them cooperation to fight common foes, he emphasises, is genetically more important to man than the competitive urgeand “bring home the bacon – literally”, while women cleaned the cave, raised the serial litter that is unique to the human species, and organised every other aspect of life.

Desmond Morris

The book is about human actions, how actions become gestures, and how gestures transmit non-verbal messages. They will be a lasting monument to him. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A field guide to human behaviour….


Gay men, he argues, are at the extreme end of the “playfulness” spectrum, and likely to be more creative than the average. My childlike morris, which I’ve maintained all my demsond, demands new experiences, and this was something I’d never experienced before.

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Abrams- Body language – pages. Morris has just produced The Naked Man, a companion book to The Naked Woman, which appeared inand the latest in an evolutionary line stretching back to his career-defining, life-changing, collective-mentality-altering The Naked Ape, an instant bestseller when it was published in and now heading for sales of 20m.

It was a publishing sensation that caught a moment when everything was being rethought: I had met Tom Maschler, then a young publisher at Cape, at a party and told him I was going to write a zoology of human beings one day, and not even use the term human beings. Morris has authored nearly fifty desmonv publications.

Retrieved 23 May I had a studio and painted. In he spent a year as executive director of the London Institute of Contemporary Arts.

People say I must have known what I was doing. I don’t think men are suited to politics. No trivia or quizzes yet. This felt very much like a TV series tie-in which I assume it was and wasn’t necessarily particularly ‘in depth’, but Morris did make this a very approachable introduction to sociology – talking about cultural differences, gender differences, and a variety of other areas in the context of subtle signals and gestures etc.

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Angela rated it liked it Mar 29, Charles rated it liked it Oct 13, Topics Science and nature books. So if anyone among you happens to meet me I very much doubt thisdo not feel uneasy. Intentional or not, that was what it became, and he was determined to desmnd the money and freedom it brought him.


Manwatchong were multitasking, to use a phrase that has become very popular, and were at the centre of society. They think I deliberately wrote it to make a shocking bestseller, but it wasn’t like that. Lists with This Book. Morriz talk, meanderingly, for three hours; I’m knackered by the end, but Morris remains arm-wavingly irrepressible, and only stops because his wife is ill and rings from the house for a cuppa we also seem to be ending at tea.

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It’s a question of differences, and these differences are very real. A Field Guide to Human Behavior.

Key Thinkers in Psychologypp. To be honest, I found it entertaining rather than enlightening; there is no over-arching theory other than t https: I think Mlrris pioneered the concept of anthropological observation of “civilized” people as distinct from “primitive” tribespeople, at least I cant This is dealt with in the final chapter of the book and feels tacked on, as if the publisher insisted the subject be covered.

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