Basic emotions and their facial expressions

Basic emotions and their facial expressions

If you are interested in reading people and recognizing lies, you will sooner or later stumble over how to interpret the facial expressions of the basic emotions.

You might ask, “Wait, why do I need that? I read faces all the time.” And you’re right, most of the time our brain automatically reads the basic emotions of other people, at least the so-called macro-expressions.

Sometimes, however, this ability is subject to errors: you can confuse certain expressions or not recognize them at all. You’ll do better by becoming aware of what those emotions look like on people’s faces.

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Signs of deception: How to spot lies

Signs of deception: How to spot lies

Have you ever had the feeling in a conversation that what is being said could be a lie? Wouldn’t it be cool to know some deception body language sign that could tell you if the other person is dishonest to you?

Unfortunately, no such single sign exists that could tell you with certainty whether a statement is true or false. Lie detection is a complex behavioral analysis that never trusts a single behavior that has been torn out of context.

But there are several behaviors that occur more often when someone is nervous, feels unwell, or wants to hide something from you. Depending on whether these behaviors deviate from the person’s usual behavior and what their context of occurrence is, they may indicate a lie.

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