Sunday, September 04, 2011
A question about eyes and a psychological theory
If non-verbal communication, including the communication of emotional and social information through the eyes and facial expressions is a thing that females are especially good at and naturally inclined to do, as is suggested by the theories about sex differences and empathy and social behaviour that have been popularized by autism researcher Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen, then why is the wearing of dark sunglasses which obscure the eyes and parts of the face so very popular among women these days? When I look around at gatherings of Australian middle-class mothers in their 30's and 40s in suburbs close to where I live, I see that the majority of them wear dark sunglasses when they are out and about in daily life, regardless of the weather or level of UV radiation. Don't they want to talk with their eyes? Why wont they let other people read their minds in their eyes? Aren't they keen to share, to participate socially and be emotionally open with a bit of non-verbal communication? Are they aloof or autistic or something? Why are they happy to have "the windows of the soul" obscured with dark tinting so much of the time?