The words we choose and the metaphors we use reveal our personality, our attitudes and our thinking.
This goes for face to face conversation and a lesser degree computer-based communication. When we communicate electronically we have the ability to edit what we say before we send it but in face-to-face conversation – things we intend to conceal slip out in the heat of the moment.
But what I think reveals us – even betrays us – is what we find funny – the jokes we tell; what we laugh at and even what we don’t find humorous. Often a grin or a nervous or wry smile gives us away.
Our sense of humour is something we find hard to fake or suppress.
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
Credit: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Yet another reason why face to face conversation is so powerful.
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