Micro Facial Expressions That Only Successful People Understand

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The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said (Facial Expressions)


Although body language education basically starts with what the classical body postures mean, as you progress, the details of micro-expressions begin to gain importance.(Facial Expressions)

In the study carried out by Bristol (UK) University researchers, the relationship between identifying emotion in ambiguous facial expressions and aggressive thoughts and behaviours was investigated;

The effect of recognizing emotions in facial expressions on both healthy adults and adolescents at high risk of delinquency has been observed.

“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein

In the study in which happy, angry, or emotionally uncertain facial expressions were shown to the volunteers, the participants were asked to describe the expressions as “happy” or “angry”.

Thus, it was observed how “angry” they defined ambiguous expressions, thus creating a point of departure.

The researchers then prompted the participants to reevaluate some of the vague expressions they previously described as “angry”, saying that some of them were actually “happy”.

The first 40 adults, in the group, were able to identify happiness indicators in ambiguous expressions.

Adults who can define happiness have lower anger and aggression levels.

However, the situation is different for 46 adolescents in the experimental group.

Adolescents who could not define happiness expressions and were referred to a rehabilitation program from various institutions due to the risk of committing a crime were trained to recognize happiness in facial expressions.

Aggressive behaviour tendency and subjective anger evaluations decreased in those receiving education.

Recognizing emotion is key to changing anger and aggressive behaviour. These results may change the future of studies on the prevention of anger and aggression.

Then now let’s check feelings from micro expressions…

#1- Happiness

  • The cheek rises.
  • Lip edges are pulled upwards.
  • The corners of the eyes are wrinkled.
  • The forehead is straight and the eyebrows are fixed.

#2- Stress or Sadness

  • Stress on the eyebrow part of the face: The middle part of the eyebrow is raised, giving the eyebrow a curved appearance.
  • The eyebrow is in the form of a line, but only the medial (middle) part has become a line.
  • The eyebrows are also united.

This causes inward-U-shaped wrinkles around the eyebrows, also known as “Darwin’s grief muscle”.

If the eyebrow is completely raised, it appears as a whole line.

#3- Contempt, Disgust, Disapproval

There are two kinds of indicators for disgust.

  • First, the nose is wrinkled. In the second, the upper lip rises. A possible indicator of humiliation is the dimple muscle.
  • Another is to roll the eyes.

#4- Sadness

  • Sadness can look like stress on the upper part of the face.
  • Note that down the face: Are the corners of the mouth pulled down?
  • Here, make sure that this expression is not a permanent expression that is always present on the face.

Sadness may also be manifested by the combination of two locomotion units that raise the cheeks and are evident by the wrinkling around the eyes and are also associated with lip rim depression.

Ekman, Levenson, and Friesen (1983) added the following to sadness at this point: looking down, chin lifting, cheeks lifting, and lip cornering.

#5- Anger

  • The lip and chin area of ​​the face is important in expressing anger.
  • The red side of the lips is pulled inward so that the lips are stretched and narrowed.
  • This can also be seen on just one lip. Or the lips may be pressed against each other without the chin being lifted upwards.
  • This tightens and narrows the lips.
  • The chin may also be shrunken. The chin rises, wrinkles and gives the mouth a slightly inverted-U shape.
  • If the anger is severe, the lower lip may be twisted as if it were resentful.

#6- Fear

  • Fear signals may be evident in the mouth.
  • In fear, the mouth may open to varying degrees (ie, lips are split, the chin is low, or the mouth is tight).
  • Fear Brow Only the middle part of the eyebrow is furrowed horizontally.
  • Horizontal lines do not extend across the entire eyebrow. These are expressions of stress or fear.

As you can see, people show a lot of micro expressions when they communicate.

If you can read them, it is inevitable that you will be successful in both your private and business life.



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