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February 2, 2011 @ 10:35 am

Stay Away from the Color Yellow!


Writer, Seif-Eldeine Och joined the show. Seif started a massive investigation into psychology and communication because of a traumatic breakup, experience with a con artist who took thousands upon thousands of dollars from him and his friends, and because of his personal experience dealing with drug problems, bi-polar and A.D.D. His knowledge is buoyed by his therapist, Harvey Kraslin, his psychiatrist, Dr. Anthony Tobacco, and his father, psychiatrist Dr. M. Rachid Och.

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Seif-Eldeine Och is a graduate in Middle Eastern Studies from Tufts University, as well as a graduate from Milton Academy, from which writers such as T.S. Eliot and Rolling Stone Writer and Music Expert Toure graduated. At Milton Academy, he focused on English Studies and Creative Writing, taking double the course load required for both English and Art studies. A graduate course he took at Clark University called "Social Media and Marketing" convinced him blogging and other forms of social media were the wave of the future for writers and for artists. His work can be found by searching Seif_eldeineo at and at, and his poetry can be found at


Abbreviated Transcript of Interview with Seif-Eldeine Och

Eric Michaels: What are some unique communication devices for someone to use?
Seif-Eldeine: Things some people may forget is that communication is more visual than auditory. Things to consider are body language and colors. When you are talking to someone, do not lean forward or you will appear and feel aggressive, do not lean back, cross your arms or cross your feet or you will appear and feel disconnected.  Also, consider the colors you wear and surround yourself with. Be considerate of your voice and practice it. Audio sounds still fit into this equation. According to the "Definitive Book of Body Language," meaning is 65 percent body language, 28 percent tone, cadence, rhythm and pitch and 7 or 8 percent content.

Eric Michaels: What can colors do for communication?
Seif-Eldeine: The first thing someone notices about you is your physical presentation. The aspect of physical appearance you have most control over is the colors you wear. Every color sends out a message. Blue is soothing, black is intimidating, red is aggressive, brown is earthy and friendship, white is pure, yellow is complicated, etc. The color to avoid the most is yellow. People do not like other people who they cannot rely on to act a certain way in a certain situation, and yellow adds to this perception of not being reliable and too complicated to understand and relate to. Your number one concern when pursuing a relationship should be how easy you are to relate to.

Eric Michaels: Why is complication a problem and simple communication the answer?
Seif-Eldeine: A simple message is easier to digest, understand and take action on. The simpler and more straightforward the directive the more effective it is. People cannot act on messages that are too hard to understand or so complicated that they require critical thinking and analysis to implement. Making a message simpler does not have to do with only the message itself. According to psychiatrist Carl Jung, people fit into 16 different personality categories. They can even be in 3 or 4 categories, with one more dominant than the others. Tailoring your message to the individual is crucial.

Eric Michaels: How do you tailor your message to the individual?
Seif-Eldeine: How the person you are trying to improve your relationship with feels and thinks is critical. For example, people who are inattentive will have to hear messages repeated multiple times because, through no fault of their own desires, they could be thinking of something else when you are talking to them. People who get stuck in negative loops will have to hear the OPPOSITE of the message you are trying to get across. This is especially the case with people that have obsessive compulsive disorder. In a non-sarcastic way, tell them NOT to do what you want them to do.

Eric Michaels: Where are some places one could find this information and read your articles?
Seif-Eldeine: I recommend John C. Maxwell's "21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader" and Dr. Daniel Amen's "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life" for building a better you, " The Definitive Book of Body Language" by Barbara and Allan Pease, "Rules of the Game" by Rolling Stone Writer, Social Psychology and Seduction Expert Neil Strauss for better communication and presentation, "The Zen of Listening" by Rebecca Z. Shafir, to look up colors at, and the most important book I recommend is Krishnamurti's "Freedom from the Known" in order to disconnect yourself from your past and the future and control your emotions now...

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