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

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Macmillan, Apr 7, 2003 - Psychology - 267 pages
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A fascinating exploration of how we interpret and experience emotions-and how we can improve our emotional skills-by a pioneering psychologist

A renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Paul Ekman has led a revolution in our scientific understanding of emotions. Now he assembles his pathbreaking research and theories in a comprehensive look at human emotional life.

Emotions Revealed explores the evolutionary essence of anger, sadness, fear, surprise, disgust, contempt, and happiness. Drawing on his fieldwork investigating universal facial expressions in Papua New Guinea and his analysis of the prognosis of hospital patients based on their emotional profile, Ekman shows that emotions are deeply imbedded in the human species. In the process, he answers such questions as: What triggers emotions and can we stop them? How does our body signal to others whether we are slightly sad or anguished, peeved or enraged? Can we learn to distinguish between a polite smile and the genuine thing?

Unique exercises and photographs help readers identify emotions in themselves and others. Emotions Revealed is a practical, mind-opening, and potentially life-changing exploration of science and self.

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Emotions revealed: recognizing faces and feelings to improve communication and emotional life

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Studies have shown that most people are not very good at detecting deception, and a mini-industry devoted to teaching people to "read" body language has developed. Very much in this tradition ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


When Do We Become Emotional?
Changing What We Become Emotional About
Behaving Emotionally
Sadness and Agony
Surprise and Fear
Disgust and Contempt
Enjoyable Emotions
Living with Emotion

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A world-renowned expert on facial expression, emotion, and deception, Paul Ekman, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco and a frequent adviser to police, antiterrorism groups, and the animation studio Pixar. He is the author of fourteen books, including Telling Lies. He lives in San Francisco.

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