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Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life

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“Beautifully interweaves research with anecdotes, recommendations, and the behind-the-scenes flubs, accidental discoveries and debates . . . that are the essence of scientific inquiry.” —Scientific American

A renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Paul Ekman led a revolution in our scientific understanding of emotions. In Emotions Revealed, he assembles his research an
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published April 7th 2003)
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Jan 30, 2010 Starfire rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Lie to Me, anyone interested in non-verbal communication
Probably unsurprisingly, given my interests and passions, I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Paul Ekman, who is the real-life inspiration behind Lie to Me's Cal Lightman (well, up to the end of s1 anyway)

The book felt like it was really in two parts - one was theoretical and covered the concepts of what exactly emotions are (generally and in specific), the research behind claiming that certain emotions are universal, and the possible evolutionary usefulness of both emotion in general, and of spec
Jun 11, 2013 Stefany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It's obvious that many people who read it are fans of the TV series ''Lie to me''. Well, yeah, this book is more for amateurs.
I don't mean it didn't worth reading, but I'd like it more if the author had exposed his researches more briefly. Anyway, I understand why Ekman wrote it in such a familiar way. His readers are very diverse.

I found ''Telling Lies'' a more useful book.
Bob Nichols
Ekman writes about "the" emotions. These are anger, sadness, fear, surprise, disgust, contempt, happiness.

While his focus is on universal facial expressions, Ekman has a lot to say about emotions. They "can go on for minutes." Anything beyond a few seconds or minutes is a mood. Beyond that they are a personality type. Emotions have specific triggers, but moods "just happen" for unknown reasons. Emotions motivate our lives and we "organize ourselves" to maximize positive emotions and to minimize
Jul 26, 2011 Paige rated it it was ok
I wasn't a huge fan of this book... I notice a lot of people read it because the author is involved in a TV program. I'm giving it two stars because it did have a smattering of information buried under all his anecdotes and repetitive reminders. I don't disagree with him at all about his main point, which is that facial expressions emotions are universal. The best part of the book was probably the pictures of the different expressions or partial expressions. I highlighted a few things that I tho ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
If you watched and enjoyed “Lie to Me” – a television program that ran for 3 seasons – you are likely to enjoy this book. 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 emotio ...more
Frank Sloth Aaskov
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 ...more
Kayson Fakhar
Oct 17, 2014 Kayson Fakhar rated it really liked it
بلخره باید یه فرقی بین اکمن و دریوریای سمینار مدیریتیا باشه ...more
good book for helping you recognise your own emotions. It was insightful reading it
Jan 10, 2016 Dale rated it really liked it
I'm probably one of the few people who found out about the show Lie to Me because I was a fan of Paul Ekman, and not the other way around.

For those of you who've never heard of the man, he pioneered the psychological study of emotional displays, showing that there are certain universals across all cultures. He also was one of the first psychologists to study the use of emotional displays in lie detection.

This book was mainly about the first of those two fields, how to recognize the displays of
Great content, but sometimes dull and slow (3.5)--

The content is fascinating, but at times, especially the first 4 chapters, it was really slow going and made me nod off more than a few times.

The chapters on sadness/agony, anger, fear/surprise, disgust/contempt, and enjoyable emotions, however, are excellent and I was all attention as I gobbled up the tremendously practical information about each emotion and corresponding facial expression.

The descriptions of some of the photos could have been b
Randall Li
Jun 02, 2016 Randall Li rated it really liked it
A pretty dense read. The information can probably be broken down into two components -- how to understand your own emotions and how to understand the emotions of others. I found the insight into understanding and controlling your own emotions most helpful and will certainly apply some of the knowledge to my own life. Understanding the emotions of others seemed a bit too nuanced and mechanical for me to put into practice, but this might be easier if I had some formal training. Regardless, I think ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
Ekman shows how facial expressions and emotions are virtually inseparable, even if it’s just for a millisecond, and even if we are totally unaware of it, our emotions beam through every muscle fiber in our face. Even if we try to control it, these micro expressions peak for just a fraction of second, for most of us. He traveled to parts of the world, such as New Guinea, where some groups of cultures are cut off from the rest of the world. He found that even these people can recognize the emotion ...more
Nancy McKinley
Aug 04, 2014 Nancy McKinley rated it it was ok
Being on the Autism Spectrum I need a bit of help recognizing some of the more complex emotions on other's faces. This book was somewhat helpful in this area but I think this could have been handled more effectively by using an actor to display each emotion instead of the author's own daughter who is no actor.
There is more to emotions than facial features broken down into specific patterns. The eyes give so much away. All and all I took away some from this book somewhat.
Feb 01, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found out about Paul Ekman after watching Lie to Me and was fascinated by the idea of studying emotions and their facial expressions, which led to my purchasing and reading this book. I'm very much a beginner in psychology and although I wouldn't call it an easy read (I had the feeling that everything was important and worth remembering even though some of the ideas were, if not common knowledge, commonsensical) it spoke my beginner language. Where more specialised terms were introduced, the e ...more
Aaron Novak
Sep 26, 2014 Aaron Novak rated it really liked it
Great read for Actors and anyone interested in human relationships. Ekman discusses 7 universal emotional facial expressions that exist across cultures - Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Contempt. Really comforting to discover that we all carry innate tools that promote human connection...and also that we can grow beyond their limitations:

"There was a minority group (about 20 percent), however, who displayed very different reactions to the sight of another person's sufferin
Jan 15, 2016 Dominik rated it liked it
Dobar uvod u temu, zapravo najkorisniji dio knjige je to da te natjera da pomno gledaš lica oko sebe i aktivno tumačiš značenja.
Jun 08, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Ekman's research on emotions is fascinating. He explores the ins and outs of emotions, and what we can do to become aware in managing destructive expressions of emotions into contructive ones. He shares his cross-cultural studies, and has identified seven universal emotions: Sadness/Agony, Anger, Surprise, Fear, Disgust, Contempt, and Enjoyable emotions. He provides several pictures of the emotions, and through his analysis of facial expressions walks the reader through how to identify emotions ...more
Heather Wall
Jan 23, 2016 Heather Wall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emotions, psychology
This book was referred to in 1CBlink 1D and describes the science behind the show 1CLie to Me 1D. It 19s fascinating stuff. It seems like I actually intuitively know much of this, but the little 1Cmicro expressions 1D that let you know how someone feels are fascinating and mostly new. For instance, to tell if someone is truly happy and has a true 1Cbroad 1D smile (as opposed to a Duchenne smile), look for the fold of their upper lid at the edge of their eyes. Some people can even fake the crow 1 ...more
Apr 25, 2013 zxvasdf marked it as to-read
Shelves: i-give-up
Ekman's dry prose was hard going, and I felt that, at this moment, the potential revelations weren't worth the slog. SKimming through, it seems like it hosts a wealth of interesting information which might be beneficial for people in management or involved in something or another that requires dealing with people on a regular basis.
Jun 05, 2016 Juvoni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent companion to Emotional Intelligence. We each experience the same emotion, in the abstract term that the word represents. However, our perceptions, feelings of intensity or duration of these emotions change from person to person. In Emotions Revealed, Paul Ekman attempts to uncover the commonalities or universal emotional traits, using decades of research and from studying the emotional reactions, triggers, and micro-expressions displayed from peoples of indigenous tribes who have ha ...more
Ellis Amdur
Jan 16, 2015 Ellis Amdur rated it really liked it
Paul Ekman is the pre-eminent researcher on facial expression. His work is the basis of the popular TV series, "Lie to Me." An excellent, well-written book on how basic emotions are universal, and reveal themselves on the face in recognizable patterns to people from any culture on earth. In addition, essential information on the evolutionary forces which created emotional responses as survival mechanism, and how identification of emotional responses at their outset can improve both communication ...more
Aug 10, 2015 زينب rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Must-read if you want to understand different facial expressions that people make
Robert C.
Feb 12, 2015 Robert C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knowledge
A book with a pink cover - what's that all about? I suppose it's something to do with emotion. Maybe the publishers are trying to manipulate me or something ... or maybe not.

This was a difficult book for me to read. The syntax and grammar seemed to be overly complex. I persevered because the content is moderately interesting, and because persevering with books is what I do.

I did actually learn a few things; the first being that I know more about emotions, and how to recognise them, than I though
Julio Biason
Emotions: Learning, therapy and socialization

There is one thing weird about this book: although it explores the expressions on people's faces, going through lenghty explanations about what they mean and which context they may happen, there are also parts explaining why you would feel something like that and how to react when you notice people doing them. It's part explanation about emotions, part teaching you about your own emotions (like in a therapy session) and part how to react when people s
May 16, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 52-in-2009
Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman (pp 320)

Paul Ekman is the scientist who pioneered face mapping and the term, “micro expressions”. The Fox television program, Lie to Me, is based on his work. This book is a solid, very readable overview of the major categories of emotion and how they read universally across peoples faces. If you’ve been watching the program, you see how some of the material is inspired by the more academic material in the book.

What could be dry and mechanical reading is the oppos
Jan 25, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, reviewed
This book combines several topics I am very interested in. The first is universal cultural traits, which I learned a little bit about and became interested in when we were discussing evolutionary psychology in my science and philosophy of sex and love class; the second is reading people's emotions, particularly regarding negative emotions. This book combines those two elements to look at the physical signifiers of various emotions, and how to recognize and respond to them (if you've seen Lie to ...more
The author describes in this book the movement of facial muscles that occurs when a person experiences the emotions of sadness, anger, fear, surprise, contempt, disgust, and enjoyment. The information is surprisingly useful: it includes which parts of the facial expressions are most automatic (and thus most likely to show) and what subtle expressions of each emotion are so you can recognize them when they are just beginning or being suppressed or controlled. The book includes some brief stories ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Adam rated it liked it
I've been meaning to read this book for years, ever since back in 2006 when I was immersed in the realm of conflict resolution and mediation. It's certainly interesting and a worthwhile read - I believe that we all (except the Buddhist monks out there) can do more to understand emotions, how they affect us, and how they affect our relationship with others.

I expected this book to go into much more detail about how our face reflects our emotions. Instead, the book is more appropriately described a
Fida Fida
Judul Buku :Membaca Emosi Orang
Judul Asli :Emotions Revealed Understanding
Faces and Feelings
Penulis :Paul Ekman
Penerjemah :Abdul Qodir S.
Penerbit :Think Jogjakarta
Tahun Terbit :2003
Tebal Buku :395 halaman

Membaca Pikiran Orang Seperti Membaca Buku
Paul Ekman adalah seorang professor psikologi di Jurusan Psikiatri di University of California Medical School. Dia terkenal dengan kepakarannya dalam bidang ekspresi wajah untuk menepis kesulitan membaca emosi orang yang dipelajarinya selama 40 tahun.
Aug 27, 2007 kareem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read about Paul Ekman in Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article that spawned his latest book, Blink. In the article, Gladwell writes that Ekman was one of the first scientists to study how facial expressions convey emotion. Emotions Revealed describes Ekman's work in detail, and provides insight into the facial indicators to look for in order to determine the emotion that a person is feeling.

The book was slow in places, but mostly because Ekman provided significant discussion of the natur
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American psychologist that pioneered the study of emotions' relationship to facial expressions.
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“Emotions can override…the more powerful fundamental motives that drive our lives: hunger, sex, and the will to survive. People will not eat if they think the only food available is disgusting. They may even die, although other people might consider that same food palatable. Emotion triumphs over the hunger drive! A person may never attempt sexual contact because of the interference of fear or disgust, or may never be able to complete a sexual act. Emotion triumphs over the sex drive! And despair can overwhelm even the will to live, motivating a suicide. Emotions triumph over the will to live!” 29 likes
“Emotions change how we see the world and how we interpret the actions of others. We do not seek to challenge why we are feeling a particular emotion; instead, we seek to confirm it.” 2 likes
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