Re: RE: Nonverbal cues

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I bought a book some years back titled Building Believable Characters.  It’s put out by WD, and not a bad book at all, but it is a little cliche.  It contains a list of behaviors, then gives a long list of facial expressions, demeanor, gestures, etc. to fit those behaviors.  The problem was that those expressions, etc. could fit other behaviors as well. 

Like James, I think people watching is the most effective research tool for seeing the different ways people react to the same types of situations.  I also think that writing nonverbal cues is intuitive- as you write and get to know your character, you automatically know what their reaction will be.