…and I know why you feel so! But why do I know???
A single look at other people can tell a lot their emotional state, especially looking into their faces. For instance image the following: Highly curved eyebrows, widely opened eyes, a dropped jaw and a parted moth – what does this tell us? Most likely we would assume the person to be surprised. How about a raised upper lip that causes wrinkles on the sides and the bridge of the nose, raised cheeks, narrowly opened eyes and lowered eyebrows? Most people would agree that this facial expression is created by disgust. What does a slightly parted mouth with its corners drawn backwards that also causes a wrinkle running down from the sides of the nose, raised cheeks, and lower eyelids with wrinkles below them tell you? Probably that the person you are looking at is happy. Apart from these three emotions, Paul Ekman (2003) also identified three more basic emotions, such as anger, fear and sadness that seem to have universally identifiable facial expression. In his book, Ekman (2003) provides a detailed analysis and description of the appearance of each of these emotions, but how easy was it for you to guess the emotions from the brief descriptions above? Would it not have been easier to have some pictures? I guess it would, so have a look at the pictures below and try to tell what the people in those pictures feel: