Who is the author?
professor of psychology in department of Psychiatry at
University of California Medical School, San Francisco
expert on expression, physiology of emotion
studied emotion for over fourty years
renowned expert in nonverbal communication
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award by American Psychological Association
Editor / Author of thirteen books
consultant to FBI, CIA, lawyers, judges, police, Pixar
fieldwork in universal facial expressions in USA, Japan, Brazil, Papa New Guinea
explorse the evolutionary and behavioral essesences of Anger, Sadness, Fear, Suprise, Disgust, Contempt and Happiness
Universal theme, automatic reactions that unfold in microseconds, actions under our control
exploring each emotion's unique signals, most subgle expressions that signal the beginning of an emotion
learning to identify emotions in their earliest stages
What do emotions determine?
the quality of our lives
they occur in every relationship we care about:
the workplace, our friendships, dealing with family, intimate relationships
They can save our lives or cause real damage
they may lead us to act in ways that we think are realistic or in ways that we regret terribly afterward
Ex. Could you hide what you were feeling and "act professional" after your boss criticized your work? Why would your boss smile when she started talking? Was her smile meant to reassure you? Could it be a smile of embarrassment? Are all smiles the same?
Why was this book written?
to help readers better understand and improve their emotional life
scientists and laymen know so little about emotions, despite it's importance in our lives
are all smiles the same? Why did the boss smile at the beginning of criticism? to reassure me? because of embarrassement?
Why do we become emotional when we do?
What triggers each of our emotions?
Can we remove a particular trigger?
What does each emotion have?
in the face and voice
What do emotional triggers triumph over?
Sex drive, hunger drive
People won't eat food they consider disgusting even if it's the only thing available
A person may never attempt sexual contact because of fear or disgust
despair can overwhelm the will to live, motivating suicide