What the Face Reveals: Basic and Applied Studies of Spontaneous Expression Using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) Unmasking The Face: A Guide to Recognizing Emotions From Facial Expressions. Subscribe to our newsletter and receive a special 20% discount on our training tools. "A tour de force. If you read this book, you'll never look at other people in quite the same way again."―Malcolm Gladwell. Renowned psychologist Paul Ekman. "Emotions Revealed showcases Paul Ekman's forty years of academic research and . to make the faces that appear in this book and the thousands more that.
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Emotions Revealed book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Paul Ekman led a. Emotions Revealed is more than just a manual in how to spot subtle emotional expressions in others. Ekman records in fascinating detail his early research in. Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
Apr 23, Stuart Macalpine rated it really liked it Shelves: A life time's work studying emotional facial expression, is made accessible to a general reader. Ekman shapes a number of aspects of cognitive coaching, which is how I came to the book, especially the problem resolving map. The text supports an understanding that the major emotions have a strong transcultural identity and transcultural, distinct facial muscle movements - which is no great surprise!
Facial expressions of emotions are incredibly subtle and would take quite a lot of practice to routinely identify beyond the very obvious extremes.
If one were to be able to pick these up they would considerably support coaching, especially paraphrasing for emotion during the PACE and LEAD of cognitive coaching. It is a great book. I wish there were more just on the actual expressions, and less general 'blurb' about the emotions themselves, which seemed a little redundant.
Esa es la parte que menos me ha gustado. El libro va dando una de cal y otra de arena. This book became a lengthy read for me, and I probably could have read faster if I had not tried to read the book like a textbook. But because I read Ekman's book like a textbook, I feel like I have meditated on the concepts more than I would have if I had just "sped read.
Obviously, this is a complicated field of study and Ekman does a great job explaining his research in layman's terms. Good stuff! Sep 17, Katie rated it really liked it. Lie to Me is based on the work of Dr.
Paul Ekman played beautifully by Tim Roth in the show , a world expert on facial expressions and a professor of psychology at the University of California medical school. Using photographs and stories, Ekman tells and shows us how facial expressions are rich with information. He also talks about what triggers emotion and what each emotion sadness, anger, contempt, fear, etc. Ekman is highly sought out in his work as an advisor to police departments, antiterrorism groups, and Pixar who depend heavily on accurate and animated expressions.
This is the book on micro-expressions and on how to read emotions from people's faces. Ekman's research has inspired the TV-series "Lie to Me", which illustrates his work with reading facial emotions. The book gives you a more thorough insight, detailing seven different emotions and how they are universally portrayed in the face of all humans.
The first four chapters were in my opinion a bit of waste as they had a tendency to be sort of self-help-book-ish, and gave the impression of less than se This is the book on micro-expressions and on how to read emotions from people's faces. The first four chapters were in my opinion a bit of waste as they had a tendency to be sort of self-help-book-ish, and gave the impression of less than serious work which was a shame as it clearly is not.
However, the rest of the chapters more than made up for it, and it was still very interesting. The first part, about how emotions grow and how you can research them, was pretty awesome. However, I found the chapters about each individual emotion quite boring, and then it suddenly feels like a pretty long book to read cover to cover. Oct 05, Kayson Fakhar rated it really liked it.
Jan 12, Adelaide rated it it was amazing. It was insightful reading it. I simply expected more. I didn't find the situational examples useful, but I was fascinated by Ekman's research. Although it's not totally relevant from the perspective of the main topic, it somehow disappointed me right at the beginning when Ekman wrote, I quote "AIDS is such a virus.
HIV is a virus. AIDS is not. I I simply expected more. I just felt a good publisher should have spotted this. Mar 16, Richard Kemp rated it really liked it Shelves: Following are parts I found interesting, some slightly reworded to make sense out of context. Page 30 What I have termed micro expressions, very fast facial movements lasting less than one—fifth of a second, are one important source of leakage, revealing an emotion a person is trying to conceal.
A false expression can be betrayed in a number of ways: Page 34 Why do we become emotional when Following are parts I found interesting, some slightly reworded to make sense out of context.
Page 34 Why do we become emotional when we do? The most common way in which emotions occur is when we sense, rightly or wrongly, that something that seriously affects our welfare, for better or worse, is happening or about to happen. Page 52 I have described nine paths for accessing or turning on our emotions. The most common one is through the operation of the autoappraisers, the automatic—appraising mechanisms. Memory of a past emotional experience is a third path, and imagination is a fourth path.
Talking about a past emotional event is a fifth path. Empathy is the sixth path. Others instructing us about what to be emotional about is the seventh path.
Violation of social norms is an eighth path. Last is voluntarily assuming the appearance of emotion forcing a smile Page 76 In anger and also in some forms of enjoyment there is an impulse to move closer to the emotion trigger. There is a similar impulse in disgust, but I think it is not as strong; the point seems to be not so much trying to move away as it is getting rid of the offensive object. For example, people may turn away if the offensive object is visual; they may gag or even vomit if it is gustatory or olfactory.
In sadness, but not in anguish, there is a loss of overall muscle tone; the posture slumps in withdrawal, without action. In contempt there is an impulse to look down upon the object of contempt. In surprise and in wonderment there is fixed attention on the object of the emotion. Watching athletes make a difficult point suggests that there may be an impulse for action, often involving the hands, in the moment when one takes pride in having achieved something.
The laughter that often occurs during intense amusement produces repetitive bodily movements, together with the laughing spasms.
Page There are things that feel good to touch, and being touched can feel very good, especially when the touch is from someone we care about and is done in a caring or sensual fashion. There are sights that are enjoyable to behold, such as a beautiful sunset. There are sounds that are pleasurable, such as ocean waves, water running over rocks in a brook, wind in the trees, and a wide variety of music. Tastes and smells we considered in part when we covered disgust, but sweet things taste good to most people, while the ability to enjoy sour, bitter, or spicy tastes seems to be acquired over time.
Decay smells bad to most people, but some much—appreciated cheeses do have what most people consider a terrible smell. Page Amusement can vary from slight to extremely intense, with peals of laughter and even tears. When everything seems right in the world, when there is nothing we feel we need to do, we are contented or, in the vernacular, we are laid—back, for those moments. Perhaps a relaxation of the facial muscles may occur.
More likely is that contentment is heard in the voice. Excitement arises in response to novelty or challenge. Matters that start out as simply interesting can become exciting, especially when changes happen quickly or are challenging, unexpected, or novel - but interest itself is largely cerebral, a thinking state, rather than an emotion.
Excitement has its own unique flavor, different from any of the other enjoyable emotions. Although it may be felt alone, it often merges with one or more of the other enjoyable emotions.
Excitement can also merge into angry outbursts as rage, or with fear into terror. It is separate from fear, although the two emotions can merge into "awe" when we are threatened by something overwhelming, hard to understand fully or grasp.
It is an intense, intrinsically enjoyable state. Nearly anything that is incredible, incomprehensible, and fascinating can be a source of wonderment. Page Darwin wrote about the goose bumps that occur in wonder, and maybe a tingling on the shoulders and back of the neck, and a change in respiration, not the sigh of relief but deep inhalations and exhalations.
Ecstasy or bliss, that state of self—transcendent rapture, achieved by some through meditation, by others through experiences in nature, and by still others through a sexual experience with a truly loved one, can be considered another enjoyable emotion. Similar to excitement and wonderment, ecstasy is an intense experience, not something one can experience in small amounts, just slightly.
It is a lot more than a feeling of satisfaction, it is a kind of pride, but that word covers too much. In this emotion the person has stretched to accomplish something difficult and the feeling about having done so and succeeded is very enjoyable and quite unique.
Others need not know about your accomplishment, you bask in it yourself. Page Naches Yiddish loanword is great pride in the achievements of a loved one: Page Schadenfreude is the feeling you experience when you learn that your worst enemy has suffered.
This is sixteen enjoyable emotions: Page These enjoyable emotions motivate our lives; they cause us to do things that by and large are good for us. They encourage us to engage in activity that is necessary for the survival of our species—sexual relations and facilitating the growth of children. Indeed, I believe just the opposite, that without friendship, without achievements, without the contact with others that generates sensory pleasures, life would be quite arid.
These feelings can be extended for long periods, for hours, in a state in which one can very easily feel the emotions related to the mood. If it lasts for hours, then it is a mood and not an emotion. We are not conscious of our appraising, except when it is extended over time.
The refractory period may last only a few seconds, or it may endure for much longer. Once we become conscious that we are in the grip of an emotion, we can reappraise the situation. In other words, we become emotional about matters that were relevant to our ancestors as well as ones we have found to matter in our own lives.
Page I have not covered in this book: These emotions do not seem to meet this last criterion, since they do not have efficient signals that make them readily distinguishable from one another or from sadness. In guilt and shame, however, this makes sense, since when feeling these emotions the person does not want others to know how he or she feels, and so perhaps a signal did not evolve.
Embarrassment is more problematic. There is not a single momentary expression for embarrassment, as there is for anger, fear, disgust, contempt, sadness, and enjoyment. Instead, embarrassment is shown through a sequence of expressions over time. Envy is another emotion that meets most of the characteristics listed above, with the exception that there does not seem to be a signal. The rival could feel guilty, ashamed, afraid, angry, or contemptuous, depending upon the circumstances.
The person concerned about losing the interest of the other person might feel angry, afraid, sad, or disgusted. And the person whose attention is being sought could have a number of different emotions.
Even though they do not have clear and efficient signals, I have no doubt that embarrassment, guilt, shame, and envy are also emotions. Great content, but sometimes dull and slow 3. The descriptions of some of the photos could have been b Great content, but sometimes dull and slow 3.
The descriptions of some of the photos could have been better said, but overall, I learned so much from the book that I'm willing to close my eyes to this particular shortcoming. Whoever is looking to enrich their life emotionally should read this and learn about facial expression and emotion. Having read the foundations, I will be taking the online instructional course, METT and honing my skills at identifying micro expressions.
What are micro expressions, and why do I want to learn how to accurately identify them? Read the book and find out. It's worth it. Jan 02, Michael rated it it was amazing.
For that matter, why do we seek to minimize "the negative" emotions? Presumably, we care enough to want to minimize negative emotions so that raises the question of what is "care" all about and how does "care" relate to our emotional makeup?
Ekman says that pain is not an emotion because it's a physical pain. But we also know that "sadness," the flip side of happiness, is psychologically painful.
We know sadness is a pain per Buddha among others , and we know that happiness is "pleasurable. Ekman states that an insult is a triggering event for anger, but why does the self react to an insult? What is it about the self that cares enough to be angry?
In "Descent," Darwin is clear enough that not everything in our makeup has to have an evolutionary function. Ekman tries to find a function for sadness and despair inducing help from others but these could be and are likely to be byproducts of a self that didn't get what it wanted or having lost what it had.
A good part of life is, simply, a bummer and it doesn't have to be more complicated than that. Ekman's example of moving away from a car bearing down on a person is interesting. He says it is not fear but a learned response since we didn't have cars back in our reptilian days when fear originated.
True, but back in the day our ancestors probably had rocks falling from cliffs or some predator charging them and the reaction was likely the same as getting out of the way of the car: a fear-based reaction. And it was probably quite reflexive and preceded by a startle. It's easy to focus on the obvious problems with anger, and Ekman refers to "His Holiness, the Dalai Lama," for his perspective on this and other emotions.
In limiting the appropriateness of anger to just one, narrow example referred to previously , Ekman is removing one of the primary tools for an individual to defend its interests. Done well, anger signals to the other that there's a problem, in contrast to burying it and having it come out in other ways. There's something to be said for honest reactions without insincerity. For one things, you know there's a problem that needs to be addressed. For that matter, Ekman's takes too much of his understanding of emotions from the Dalai Lama whose understanding of emotions comes from a distinct religious viewpoint that works only if one subscribes to that perspective Mindfulness, Oneness, Deliverence and devotes years to it.
Sex and hunger and physical pain have specific locations in the body but why is that a criterion for a non-emotion? We feel Ekman's seven listed emotions in a body-wide way.
But all are FELT. Hatred, resentment, jealousy, parental and romantic love are also felt, and feeling is one of his definitions of an emotion disgust is an emotion because "it doesn't feel good".
Regarding feeling, those who have felt jealousy know that they are in the grip of something far more powerful than three actors trying to work something out. Those who love their parents or children or partner know they are in the grips of something powerful, even if it transcends Ekman's brief moment in time criterion.
But what is worry if not a low-grade, chronic fear. It can't be a mood because there's a specific source for the worry, and it's hard to imagine "worrying about the kids" as a personality type.