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Unmasking the Face: A Guide to Recognizing Emotions From Facial Expressions Paperback – April 1, 2015
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Ekman provides clear, well-detailed instructions for recognizing each of these emotions, and the book includes plenty of photos to illustrate the different facial contortions of each emotion. The only complaint I have is that I had to do a lot of page flipping back and forth to read Ekman's remarks and subsequently refer to the relevant picture. Perhaps a future edition could be better formatted to make it easier for the reader to view the expression alongside Ekman's comments.
In addition to writing about specific emotions, Ekman also covers some fascinating related topics such as recognizing facial deceit and discovering the patterns of one's own facial expressions, i.e., what you're telling the world with your own face.
Ekman is an academic and his writing shows it; he's precise, methodical, thorough, and careful in the extent of his claims. Readers who are new to the subject of reading facial expressions but are seriously committed to learning about it will find this an invaluable book.
(Ekman's later work, "Emotions Revealed," is also a great read and contains much of the same information as "Unmasking the Face," although I found the former to be lighter on technical information and practice faces, and more focused on the larger reflections Ekman has made looking back on his work over the last few decades.)
(Note: do not buy this for a Kindle, because it is graphics intensive and the Kindle has extremely poor image functionality.)
Like any book on body language, the skill is acquired through careful observation of people in the real world. But this book tells you where to look and what to look for. Having read it and just started playing with the flash cards, I find myself suddenly more observant of people's eyebrows, the wrinkles in their forehead, and their naso-labial wrinkles. Especially while watching movies, where there are lots of closeups and no taboo against staring closely at someone's face.
People wear their emotions on their sleaves, whether they want to admit it or not, we are all emotional creatures, bound to bouts of anger, happiness, sadness, contempt, disgust, fear, and surprise. This book is a great book to start your education with, though I'm personally more in favor of Emotions Revealed by Eckman. This is an informative book, well written, with the strongest grasp you're going to find on the topic of facial expressions that is not in the academic field. I will be the first to say, for those who have a great interest in understanding how to read people, that this book is not the only material you will ever need.Read more ›
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This book is filled with useful, productive and interesting information.
The angle of the subject is approached is different and makes you think. Read more
Amazing book. If you want to learn about the basics and back story behind reading emotions, this is the book.Published 2 months ago by Eric Shea