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Unmasking The Face [Kindle Edition]

Wallace V. Friesen
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This reprint edition of Ekman and Friesen's breakthrough research on the facial expression of emotion uses scores of photographs showing emotions of surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness, and sadness. The authors of UNMASKING THE FACE explain how to identify these basic emotions correctly and how to tell when people try to mask, simulate, or neutralize them. It features several practical exercises that help actors, teachers, salesmen, counselors, nurses, law-enforcement personnel and physicians -- and everyone else who deals with people -- to become adept, perceptive readers of the facial expressions of emotions.


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335 of 337 people found the following review helpful
By D
Format:Paperback
Ekman is a leading authority on the study of the facial expressions and their relation to emotion, and this book is a methodical and thorough introduction to the field, with special focus on recognizing what he calls the six basic universally expressed emotions: happiness, fear, anger, surprise, disgust/contempt, and sadness.

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.)
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About "Unmasking the face" September 9, 2005
Format:Paperback
This seems to be an excellent resource for someone who would like to study facial expressions or improve one's ability to recognize emotions by looking at faces. The text is not just a popular blurb but a fully scientifically backed and high-level textbook designed for a serious student. There are exercises, suggestions on how to overcome one's difficulties or shortcomings, lots of photographs of faces, detailed comments on how certain facial features reflect certain emotions, and so on. I am looking forward to studying everything this book has to offer. Worth every penny!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, few difficulties on kindle May 4, 2010
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Paul Ekman gives a very useful and comprehensive instruction on how to read emotions from facial expressions. I probably would have given five stars for the printed edition. But having downloaded it on my kindle I can't use chapter ten properly, where the reader is invited to cut out the pictures for practise. In my opinion that's a real disadvantage one should know before deciding which edition to buy.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Have it? April 22, 2011
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I have been a writer since I was fourteen years old. Being a writer, you watch people, you study them from afar, you take note of those small looks, those simple smiles, those cringed expressions, and those annoyed twitches that define their feelings on any host of a number of topics or events. People become easy to figure out. I've been a salesman, and the rule of thumb there is, you have seven seconds, from the point that you outstretch your hand, to the point that you say, "Hello, how are you today?" to size a person up, to figure out what type of mood they're in, are they serious about buying, or are they there really to just look. As a heavy man with a taste for beautiful women, you have to know when a woman is interested, when she wants that moment of escalation, when it's the right time to touch her hand, and the right time to kiss her, and the right time to suggest a change of venue. And last but not least, at a poker table, asking those four simple words, "Do you have them?" can mean all the difference between walking home with empty pockets and walking home with a few extra thousand dollars.

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.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Guide for Reading Others April 1, 2009
Format:Paperback
I've been familiar with Ekmans work for several years now; I have found nothing else that even comes close to providing the reader with the knowledge they need to master the science of reading the emotions of others by decoding their facial expressions. Ekman is the king!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unmasking the Face August 26, 2008
By CT
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I gave the book three stars because I felt the writing could have been better. Other than that, I thought the book was filled with interesting and useful information. It is an unusual subject looked at from a different perspective. I liked it. The subject is all about how to read facial expressions and our unconscious responses to body (facial) language. It is filled with pictures and examples and over all is a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Good explanation
Published 1 day ago by Vic
5.0 out of 5 stars I have all of Ekman's books and this one is ...
I have all of Ekman's books and this one is by far the most accessible. If you are going to buy just one, make it Unmasking The Face.
Published 20 days ago by dennis10576
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book series
Amazing book series
Published 25 days ago by mandeep parihar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Came quick. Interesting read.
Published 1 month ago by Sean clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good information
Published 1 month ago by Tien Ho
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my son love it
Published 2 months ago by chol perez
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful literature.
Hello. Very, very difficult book. It takes time and observations to store all the knowledge in you, that is written in this book. Respect from 2P
Published 2 months ago by Petko Petkov
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This book is highly useful for anybody who works with the public, whether that is in customer service, as a public worker, or those who participate in meetings with C level staff... Read more
Published 4 months ago by amamac
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
What to know what someone is really feeling then this is a must read. Get this along with what every body is saying and you'll never need to ask "what do you think" again.
Published 4 months ago by FirstSnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look at our basic expressions!
Insightful and very useful to my work as a social worker. Allows you to target core thoughts and feelings. Able to apply to both personal and professional life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike A. Cruz
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