In our NLP Level 1 Practitioner/Coach Certification Training we practice observing each other and learning about how we interpret people’s behavior. We teach about the difference between interpretation and sensory specificity. Interpretation is full of our biases; we see someone who is in jeans with holes and we quickly make up that the person doesn’t care what they look like or that they are “in fashion.” If you are being sensory specific you may just look and notice jeans with holes and that is all you know.
How often do we just see without interpreting? It is rare that we do not interpret, because impressions happen within seven seconds of a first glance. I have recently been thinking about interpreting facial expressions after reading the NY Times article, I’m Not Mad, That is Just My RBF, by Jessica Bennet on August 1, 2015. Here is the link, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/fashion/im-not-mad-thats-just- my-resting-b-face.html?_r=0 For those of you who don’t know, RBF stands for “resting bitch face.” Imagine lips straight across, no upturned and if anything a bit downturned. Some of you would say, “Oh you mean a frown, instead of a smile?” In a way, yes.