Everyone knows someone who can walk into a room full of people and, within minutes, give an accurate description about the relationships between those people and what they are feeling. The ability to read a person’s attitudes and thoughts by their behaviour was the original communication system used by humans before spoken language evolved.
Before radio was invented, most communication was done in writing through books, letters and newspapers, which meant that ugly politicians and poor speakers, such as
Abraham Lincoln, could be successful if they persisted long enough and wrote good print copy
. The radio era gave openings to people who had a good command of the spoken word, like Winston Churchill, who spoke wonderfully but may have struggled to achieve as much in today’s more visual era.
Today’s politicians understand that politics is about image and appearance and most high-profile politicians now have personal body language consultants to help them come across
as being sincere, caring and honest, especially when they’re not.
Body Language In Acting:
Silent movie actors like Charlie Chaplin were the pioneers of body language skills, as this was the only means of communication available on the screen. Each actor’s skill was classed as good or bad by the extent to which he could use gestures and body signals to communicate to the audience. When talking films became popular and less emphasis was placed on the non-verbal aspects of acting, many silent movie actors faded into obscurity and only those with good verbal and non-verbal skills survived.
Body language is an outward reflection of a person’s emotional condition. Each gesture or movement can be a valuable key to an emotion a person may be feeling at the time.
example, a man who is self-conscious about gaining weight may tug at the fold of skin under his chin;
the woman who isaware of extra pounds on her thighs may smooth her dress down; the person who is feeling fearful or defensive might fold their arms or cross their legs or both;
And a man talking witha large-breasted woman may consciously avoid staring at her breasts while, at the same time, unconsciously use groping gestures with his hands .
Of all parts of the body the Face gives away most expressions or signals of what they are thinking . So reading micro expressions has become a important skill to be learnt in the field of Body language .
Spotting Micro Expressions:
There are 7 universal micro expressions that can be seen in each and every person in this world . They are ,
The key characteristics to look for when trying to identify surprise are:
The brows are raised and curved
Skin below the brow is stretched
Horizontal wrinkles across the forehead
Eyelids are opened, white of the eye showing above and below
Jaw drops open and teeth are parted but there is not tension or stretching of the mouth
These are the key features that make up the fear microexpression:
Brows are raised and drawn together, usually in a flat line
Wrinkles in the forehead are in the center between the brows, not across
Upper eyelid is raised, but the lower lid is tense and drawn up
Upper eye has white showing, but not the lower white
Mouth is open and lips are slightly tensed or stretched and drawn back
These are the key characteristics to look for:
Upper lid is raised
Lower lip is raised
Nose is wrinkled
Cheeks are raised
Lines show below the lower lid
When you’re talking about a sensitive topic with someone, look for these features to pickup on anger:
The brows are lowered and drawn together
Vertical lines appear between the brows
Lower lid is tensed
Eyes hard stare or bulging
Lips can be pressed firmly together with corners down or square shape as if shouting
Nostrils may be dilated
The lower jaw juts out
Here are the key features to look for in the real happiness microexpression:
Corners of the lips are drawn back and up
Mouth may or may not be parted, teeth exposed
A wrinkle runs from outer nose to outer lip
Cheeks are raised
Lower lid may show wrinkles or be tense
Crows feet near the outside of the eyes
What’s the difference between real and fake smiles?
Real happiness is all in the eyes. We have a lot control over our mouth muscles so it’s easy to form a smile. However, only about 10% of the population has conscious control over the eye muscles used to create genuine smiles. This makes crinkled eyes a pretty accurate indicator of whether or not someone is truly happy.
When identifying sadness, look for these telltale features:
Inner corners of the eyebrows are drawn in and then up
Skin below eyebrow triangulated, with inner corner up
Corner of the lips are drawn down
Jaw comes up
Lower lip pouts out
Beware contempt because it is the most dangerous and unsuspecting of the microexpressions.
It doesn’t look threatening, but behind that onesided mouth raise, is a sense of moral superiority a better than type of attitude.Contempt means hatred or disdain, so while it’s the easiest microexpression to make, it comes with a powerful message.
A lot of them think its just a a bit of frustration remark . but it is for more worse than anger . Since according to Dr. Vaneesa Van Edwards People fail to take contempt seriously, because unlike when someone is angry, people who show contempt often seem passive and nonthreatening. They may even act like they like you whereas when someone is angry, we think of them much more negatively because their behavior is more volatile.
Here’s the difference: Someone can get angry at you without thinking less of you. Most of the time anger is the result of being upset in the moment and can lead to overreaction. Afterwards, most people feel guilty and hope to gain forgiveness
Contempt on the other hand is a far worse and more lasting negative emotion because it shows that someone thinks they are better than you or they hate you. Once someone believes that, they’re not likely to change their minds.