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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
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published April 7th 2003)
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Starfire
Jan 30, 2010 Starfire rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Stefany
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
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Paige
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
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
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Taka
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
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Michael
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
Katie
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
Nancy McKinley
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.
Aaron Novak
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
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Justin
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
zxvasdf
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.
Ellis Amdur
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
Robert Day
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
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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
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Elizabeth
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
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Lauren
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
Jacob
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
Adam
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
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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.
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kareem
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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Mark
Paul Ekman is the dean of researchers who have studied emotional expressions in human faces, and branching out from his original research, he's practically turned into a living enterprise of his own, using his method of facial expression analysis to hold training seminars and work with the government on methods to detect liars.

But his original contribution was rooted in the debates of the 1950s led by such anthropologists as Margaret Mead, who argued that all human behavior, including facial exp
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Kenny Tang
Crazy interesting! It's not a practical guide with a specific purpose to detect lies or read minds but it's facinating to learn about human expressions and emotions. Understanding that many expressions are involuntary, universal, and how we often miss them. Even tho we make expressions naturally, we're often ill equipped to understand other people's expressions with poor information and really no system of understanding. The book describes the research in the first few chapters and then delves i ...more
culley
The hard science of emotion. Paul Ekman has spent his life conducting scientific experiments around emotions and the manifestation of emotions in facial expressions. Which triggers are learned and what are we born with? What is the difference between a mood and an emotion? How likely are we to be able to control our emotional reactions? How best to respond to triggers? It was all interesting and I definitely learned quite a bit about sadness and anger. It was, at times, dry reading and I can’t s ...more
Nikki
I first heard of Ekman because of the tv show, Lie to Me, which is based on Ekman's research. He is the foremost authority on emotions and how they are exhibited through facial expression. He goes through the core emotions a chapter at a time and explains what his research has discovered and how to recognize them. He also discusses how to control one's own emotions. I thought it was interesting that he often referred to Buddhism, because this is the aspect of life that they, particularly, learn ...more
S.L. Moore
This is a great book on learning facial micro expressions. I first was turned on to Dr. Ekman through the TV show Lie to Me and started out taking his METT2 course online. That taught the basics of what he learned over his years of study, but this book drives further into depth helping you understand what you are seeing even more fully. Any of his books are great for furthering your knowledge on facial expressions. Also, take a look at his F.A.C.S. (Facial Action Coding System) program. It's pri ...more
Farah
I liked this book.
It was helpful, I truly feel more knowledgeable about Emotions as the book uncovers them in an academic manner yet still manages to deliver the information in an accessible and easy to read text.
I didn't find it entirely groundbreaking but again it wasn't stated that it was so, and thus there was no disappointment. Instead it was a careful, leveled description of an instinct that we all carry disguised as a guide on how to strengthen this instinct.
Rock Angel
A book on microexpressions (on our faces). Rumor is that the author was the 59th most quoted shrink in the 20th century.

"The Human Face" is a 4-part BBC documentary series, 2001 (yet to see)
"Lie To Me" is a 3-season tv crime drama for whom Dr. Ekman served as a scientific adviser since 2009 (seen, just ok)


Sara
My fascination with the show "Lie to Me" led me to this book. I believe we often relay much more by our body language and facial expressions than with our words. Ekman has collaborated with other psychologists and researchers over the years to document his findings. I feel they are pretty sound. He discusses the difference between emotions and moods, what "auto-appraisers" are and how we use them to determine our emotions, consciously or not, and how we can tap into our "emotion alert database" ...more
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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!” 26 likes
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