Your emotional faces

Your key facial expressions are concerned with saving your life There are primary and secondary emotions Your basic emotions are those your ancestors would have used in the wild to react to real threats They include fear, sadness, anger, joy, disgust, and surprise Your secondary emotions are those caused or triggered by your thoughts or imagination These include love, disappointment, contempt, optimism, and guilt or remorse

Primary emotions have a strong facial response Fear or surprise will make you raise your brows, widen your eyes, and possibly open your mouth All these responses will increase your ability to see and think quickly in the face of real threat

Disgust will prevent you from eating food that has gone bad or would poison you This expression clamps the lips together and twists your mouth, closes your eyes, and makes you wrinkle your nose and turn your head away, often from side to side You might also poke out your tongue to register rejection

Anger creates a frown that protects your eyes in any potential fight It also tightens the lips over the teeth, flares the nostrils, and puffs out and reddens your face, making you look more terrifying

These primary emotional responses might be part of your evolutionary processing, but applied to the wrong situation they can cause conflict rather than save your life

"You should have seen the look on your face" is a common comment, but the point is we can't . Unlike your other body language, your only assessments or evaluations of your own facial expressions are likely to be retrospective, and even then you'll need to have been filmed or photographed. Snapshots nearly always lie, either because you were putting on your "happy holiday" smile or because the only unaware shots that were taken got consigned to the trash can the moment you clapped eyes on them

Continue reading here: Creating the perfect face

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