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The Mehrabian Myth - another persistent myth

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 April 2017

 


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The Mehrabian Myth - another persistent myth
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 202
Posted DateTuesday 25 April 2017 15:59 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

Recently, I pointed out that although the Hawthorne Effect was real - the research that it was based on was flawed - yet we still call it the Hawthorne Effect. So in some ways it is a bit of a myth.

Here is another persistent myth - the Mehrabian Myth.

I would be surprised if you have not heard the statement, often in a training course or at a conference that when we communicate:
  • 55% of the message is conveyed by our body language
  • 38% is conveyed by the tone of our voice
  • and only 7% is conveyed by our actual words
Well, it's just NOT true. It is a misinterpretation of some research conducted by Albert Mehrabian in 1967.

The research is discussed at length here but this little video from Creativity Works explains it concisely




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