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Unmasking The Face [Kindle Edition]

Wallace V. Friesen
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Book Description

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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  • File Size: 2136 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Malor Books (August 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002NGO5IC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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338 of 341 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars About "Unmasking the face" September 9, 2005
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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41 of 46 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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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Guide for Reading Others April 1, 2009
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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29 of 35 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing January 15, 2011
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This book provides the basic tools for beginning to understand the body language of the face.
(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.
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very interesting
Published 24 days ago by Jim Tatar
5.0 out of 5 stars Can be used as a training tool for autistics
This book can be helpful for those who are caring for others who have autism or alexithymia. Learning to read micro-expressions is not easy, however, a high functioning autistic... Read more
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Basic but good information.
Published 3 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Experienced thoughts given away by Facial Expressions
Overwhelming number of examples paints complexity in recognizing technically descriptive emotions and motives underlying facial expressions.
Published 3 months ago by Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars I am building a library about people and emotions and ...
I am building a library about people and emotions and I just knew this book would be valuable for my library.
Published 4 months ago by S. L. Pieper
2.0 out of 5 stars There is better out there
The book was very old looking and photos inside were of poor quality. The academic reading was of good quality.
Published 4 months ago by nikk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 4 months ago by Matthew T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, compelling research presented in a clear method.
By the person that the series 'Lie to me' is based on. Helps me understand people I meet better.
Published 4 months ago by bdmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 5 months ago by Nelson L. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I strongly recommend the book for people who want to step into understanding peoples emotions.
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Sano
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I have the book on kindle. The photos are black/white as you see them on the frontpage. Also they are crisp and clear so no problem there.
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