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Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics Hardcover – August 8, 2011
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“LaFrance shows that there is much more to a pair of upturned lips than meets the eye.” (Scientific American)
“A masterly example of social sciences at its best―a look at how researchers do their work, what questions they ask, how answers lead to new questions, and why all of this matters in our everyday lives. . . . LaFrance’s true subject is not simply the smile but its uniquely human double purpose: to convey our feelings―and disguise them.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Yale psychology professor Marianne LaFrance draws on the latest research―in fields from biology to anthropology to computer science―in an effort to shed some light on the happy face.” (O, The Oprah Magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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"Marianne LaFrance drew on her own research and recent findings in a variety of scientific disciplines. Her Lip Service constantly surprises with its evidence that emotions that we convey in nanoseconds have such powerful social consequences. Putting a new face on that familiar grin."
Lip service, is defined by online dictionaries as, "An avowal of advocacy, adherence, or allegiance expressed in words but not backed by deeds," or "Verbal expression of agreement or allegiance, unsupported by real conviction or action; hypocritical respect." The author recent findings in a variety of scientific disciplines, are described in the book which explores much more as, "Smiles begin at the lips, but they almost stop there." Their impact can be felt as flirtation or smirky insult; a cheerful affirmation or a mark of gutsy transcendence.
Smiles are defined as socially motivated acts of courtesy and inter-human approach, essential for personal and traditional well-being, "with consequences," adds LaFrance, Yale social psychologist. She approaches here, a wide range of related psychological and cultural, as well as biological issues to outline the various types of smiles and how to identify and react to them; the welcoming smiles of salespeople, the assuring smile of your pastor, and the manipulative ones of elected officials. LaFrance is particularly interested in analyzing smiling as a powerful tool used on different levels power assured persons smile when they feel like it, while power deprived people when they have to.
She considers the cultural differences in how often people smile and what public smiles may express.Read more ›
I found the information about the Duchenne smile (a genuine smile) versus the non-Duchenne smile to be fascinating. More importanlty, the fact that a genuine smile emanates from the eyes and not the lips, intensified my interest. Yes, women smile more, but is that because they are socially conditioned to smile? Or is it that their zygomaticus major muscle (which controls smiling) is significantlty thicker in women than in men? The book frames smiling in a social/gender context that will make you do some self-reflection.Read more ›
Ron Gutman's TED talk said he studied yearbook photos to determine success and baseball cards to research longevity. What is the common denominator? Smiles. Those who smiled in the baseball pic lived to the age of 80 on average. The non-smilers, 72.
I watched this because Ivanka Trump suggested it. It led me to read "Lip Service."
Yearbook photo studies find that women who displayed more intense smiles in their college yearbook were more content with their lives many years later. They had fewer psychological and physical problems and were more satisfied in their marriages.
People who smile draw others to them. The predisposition to be positive leads to more and stronger social bonds, which in turn provides lifelong support.
The face has the only skeletal muscles of the body that are used, not to move ourselves, but to move others.
Brides do it. Teasers do it, salespeople, infants, politicians, flirts, celebs do it.
An article in the British Medical Journal reported that in social networks, happiness extends up to two people beyond the first. When you smile and feel in good spirits, a friend of a friend is slightly more likely to feel in good spirits as well. Three degrees of happiness.
William James went so far as to propose that when we are happy, it is because we are smiling and when we are sad, it is because we are crying. Facial expressions and bodily changes are the emotions, not mere reflections of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can you write a whole book about smiling? Not judging by this book. Ms LaFrance writes well, but there just isn't enough to say about smiling. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thorough book that covers many angles around smiling - from cultural differences to fascinating experiments that will open up your mind to new ideas about smiling. Read morePublished 22 months ago by leisureholic
Excellent. Required reading if you are interested in interpersonal communication, and who isn't? This is not, however, a how-to book. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Stephen
This splendid study of our smile and what it means on scores of levels draws on psychology, as expected, but also on literature, from Lemony Snicket to Jane Austen, the Scarlet... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Isabel Archer
I really dislike the title of this book. Lip service refers to saying something with a lack of sincerity. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Naomi Karten
I just love this book! It is written by an academic and fully foot-noted, but is understandable and enjoyable for a lay person, bcause the author writes so engagingly and has a... Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by J. Elliott
I'd highly recommend this book! It's a fun way to learn more about a basic element of humanity. The author makes scholarly information accessible and actually fun to read. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by W. Crowell