Just as many animals do, we humans communicate a lot of information with our eyes. Some among us, for one reason or another, do not pay attention to this valuable source of interpersonal information. By not looking at another’s eyes much of what is being ‘said’ is lost. Whether this failure to make eye contact is due to insufficient arousal in the brain, shyness, fear, etc. , the bottom line is that a chance for a more complete understanding with another person or animal can’t happen without it. In a group setting, failure to scan eyes and accompanying facial expressions can result in a real lack of understanding about what’s going on. Those who do not routinely read the eyes of others may feel disconnected, confused and alone. They can be shocked by things they could have seencoming. Being social creatures, this is a very real problem. It is very difficult to make and keep friends without tapping into this valuable source of communication.
Working with animals and observing their nonverbal behaviors can help develop the skills needed to notice and readeye language.
In watching animals communicate with each other, clients can witness the power of what is not being spoken. Learning something by watching others is called Observational Learning. Now how perfect is that!