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Reading Body Language - Common Facial Expressions

Human face is unique among all animals that can express various emotions and feelings. Surprisingly, we all express them in quite similar ways across the globe because we inherit them from common group of ancestors.

43 muscles of our face help us to portray over 10,000 different configurations. Dr. Paul Ekman has made a great contribution in science area of facial expressions and their decoding.
Following are some common expressions (including basic emotional expressions):
Enjoyment
Fear
Focused
Anger
Contempt/Disrespect
Disgust/Dislike
Happiness/Enjoyment
Nervousness
Calmness/Serenity
Sadness
Disappointed/Contempt
Worry
Jealousy
Hurt
Surprise
Weepy

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