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The Traitors – What Can We Learn About Communication From The Hit BBC Series?

Alina and Richard talk about the communication styles and non-verbal cues of the contestants in the BBC series, The Traitors

The BBC series The Traitors is the ultimate murder/mystery game which has gripped audiences not just here in the UK but around the world.

The show follows a group of strangers who are brought together to compete in a series of challenges. But what they don’t know is that some of them have been chosen as traitors by the producers, and their task is to deceive and sabotage the others without getting caught. The remaining contestants must work together to uncover the traitors and eliminate them from the game, ultimately hoping to win up to £120,000.

Originally created in the Netherlands, The Traitors combines elements of reality TV, game shows, and whodunnit mysteries. As the contestants battle it out in challenges, alliances are formed and broken, secrets are revealed, and tensions rise throughout the castle.

We’re fascinated with the programme as it highlights so many areas which we talk about in our training. From body language (what are their non-verbal cues revealing?) to their communication skills (does being defensive mark them out as traitors when they’re not?)

If you’re a fan of the show, or if you’re just interested in how human behaviour can change when we’re under pressure, have a listen to the latest Body Talk podcast with Richard and Alina. 

We talk about the stress signals the contestants are showing, why the traitors were slipping under the radar at first, how the contestants built trust but so easily destroyed it and why certain personality types were misunderstood.

Watch the video here, or listen on Apple or Spotify.