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January 29, 2012

Reading Body Language - Common Facial Expressions

The face we see everyday in the mirror isn't given thought to seriously but human face is unique among all animals living this planet because it can express various emotions, feelings and moods by moving its muscles. Surprisingly, we all express them in a quite similar manner because we inherit them from the common group of ancestors.

43 muscles of our face help us to portray over 10,000 different configurations, including emotional facial expressions, emblems and gestures. Prof. Dr. Paul Ekman has made a great contribution in scientific area of facial expressions and their decoding through FACS (Facial Action Coding System).

Different Facial Muscles

Following are some common expressions (including basic emotional expressions):

Enjoyment

Fear

Focus

Anger

Disrespect

Disgust/Dislike

Happiness/Enjoyment

Nervousness

Calmness/Serenity

Sadness

Disappointment/Contempt

Worry/Nervousness

Jealousy

Hurtfulness

Amazement/Surprise

Weepy

Related Articles:
1) Basic Emotional Expressions 2) Body Language Brain 3) Clusters 4) Congruence 5) Proxemics 6) Context 7) Micro Expressions 8) Para Language 9) Postures 10) Hand Gestures 11) Challenges 12) Interpretation 13) Baseline 14) Perceptual Bias 15) Botox hampers emotional awareness 16) Basic Bodily Clues

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