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

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Macmillan, Mar 20, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 290 pages

"A tour de force. If you read this book, you'll never look at other people in quite the same way again."—Malcolm Gladwell

Renowned psychologist Paul Ekman explains the roots of our emotions—anger, fear, disgust, sadness, and happiness—and shows how they cascade across our faces, providing clear signals to those who can identify the clues. As featured in Malcolm Gladwell's bestseller Blink, Ekman's Facial Action Coding System offers intense training in recognizing feelings in spouses, children, colleagues, even strangers on the street.

In Emotions Revealed, Ekman distills decades of research into a practical, mind-opening, and life-changing guide to reading the emotions of those around us. He answers such questions as: 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? Can we ever truly control our emotions? Packed with unique exercises and photographs, and a new chapter on emotions and lying that encompasses security and terrorism as well as gut decisions, Emotions Revealed is an indispensable resource for navigating our emotional world.

 

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Contents

When Do We Become Emotional?
17
Changing What We Become Emotional About
39
Behaving Emotionally
52
Sadness and Agony
82
Anger
110
Surprise and Fear
148
Disgust and Contempt
172
Enjoyable Emotions
190
Lies and Emotions
213
Living with Emotion
231
NOTES
263
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
279
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Paul Ekman is the world's foremost expert on facial expressions and the professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. He has served as an adviser to police departments, antiterrorism groups, and animation studios, and Ekman's research inspired Lie to Me, the FOX TV series. The author of fifteen books, he lives in northern California.

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