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Unmasking the Face

A Guide to Recognizing Emotions From Facial Expressions

By Paul Ekman and Wallace V. Friesen
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Unmasking the Face: A Guide to Recognizing Emotions From Facial Expressions  by Paul Ekman and Wallace V. Friesen

Unmasking the Face (2003) is an illuminating read about the subtleties of facial expressions. From the dynamics of surprise, fear, anger and happiness, to the eight styles of facial expression, these blinks shed light onto the complexity of an everyday skill that deserves more attention: reading other people’s emotions.

  • Readers interested in the psychology of social interaction
  • Professionals who deal with displays of emotion on a daily basis
  • People who want to gain insight into how they’re perceived by others

Paul Ekman is a professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco and is renowned for his pioneering work in the study of human emotions, including his contribution to the discovery of microexpressions. In 2009, Ekman was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine.

Wallace V. Friesen is a lecturer at the University of Kentucky, where he also conducts research into emotion in old age, having coauthored many articles on emotions and longevity.

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