If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The actor and founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science traces his personal quest to understand how to relate and communicate better, from practicing empathy and using improv games to storytelling and developing better intuitive skills.
Published: New York :, Random House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780812989144
Branch Call Number: 153.6 ALD
Characteristics: xviii, 213 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Oct 09, 2018

Brilliant book! Funny, smart and practical. Who knew Alan Alda was such a great writer. Highly recommend it. 5 stars!

Apr 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It is an easy read that offers some fascinating perspectives on relating to others. Highly recommend.

Apr 03, 2018

Read half the book, couldn't get into it.

Sep 21, 2017

A very enjoyable way to brush up on why you, and people you are talking to, may have "that look". Alda's communication center uses many of the techniques that he teaches in this book. They help the reader learn how to communicate ideas to audiences, co-workers, friends, or family members. There are stories to illustrate concepts, exercises you can do on your own, and scientific proof that doing the exercises will improve your communication.

Aug 07, 2017

A readable, funny and insightful book outlining how doctors, lecturers, managers can improve communication skills by strengthening empathy through improvisation exercises. Alda is a good writer and his intelligence as well as his modesty come through as he explains the scientific studies of empathy, how it is measured, enhanced and re-measured in lab settings. The book also describes people's feelings about how their personal and professional interactions became more effective after taking part in improvisation exercise sessions.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at DBRL

To Top