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Unmasking The Face

Unmasking The Face [Kindle Edition]

Wallace V. Friesen
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This reprint edition of Ekman and Friesen's breakthrough research on the facial expression of emotion uses scores of photographs showing emotions of surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness, and sadness. The authors of UNMASKING THE FACE explain how to identify these basic emotions correctly and how to tell when people try to mask, simulate, or neutralize them. It features several practical exercises that help actors, teachers, salesmen, counselors, nurses, law-enforcement personnel and physicians -- and everyone else who deals with people -- to become adept, perceptive readers of the facial expressions of emotions.


Photographs and describes facial expressions that reflect varying degrees of surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness, and sadness.

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good study for those interested in faces 24 Jun 2007
I can see by the review below that if you're looking for a quick route to being the next Darren Brown this book might be less than expected but then I don't think one book will fast track you anywhere in that direction, especially if you only read half of it! But if you are someone really interested in facial perception this book is invaluable. It explains all the movements of the facial muscles in conjunction with each of the 6 basic emotions and explains variations. "Fear" can have at least 4 mouth positions and each one symbolises a slightly different type of anxiety or level of fear. Also interesting is the discussion of expression blends; such as Happy with disgust,anger,or surprise.

I remember seeing an advertisement a few years ago where someone was supposed to look really worried but in the closeup photo the actor just raised his eyebrows, the basic signal for surprise. The advertising company probably spent £100k on the campaign, based on facial expression, but didn't know the basic expressive signals, or see their error, they definitely should have read this book!

The Darren Brown-o-philes will be interested in Chapter 11 which explains "micro-expressions" which last less than a second but indicate the true nature of what the subject is feeling. These operate a bit like a blush, by the time you've felt it, its already happened.

If you are interested in portraiture, acting, makeup, or any kind of analysis of emotional states espressed on the face, it is a great reference book and one that is always cited in other face perception studies.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defining what you believe you know 21 Sep 2010
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its easy to say this book states the obvious, but actually defines what the expressions are, and why and how they occur. its a practical book that cant be understood till it has been put to use.

The book appears simple but truthfully it defines what the true scientific understanding of face expressions is. to my knowledge its the best starting point for looking at 'micro expressions' and anyone interested in work by Paul Ekmans work. would highly recommend this book to any one.

Also to anyone who is interested in science behind 'lie to me' its a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 Jun 2013
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Really good, it was basic but I think that's the point forgivable and you go on to build your knowledge with some of Ekman's others. Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman is next on the list!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 26 Jan 2013
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A lot of this book in common sense but as you get further into the book it starts to show its true depth of knowledge of how the face expresses emotion
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmasking The Face 16 April 2012
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Unmasking the Face is a great read, i read through it then i went back and studied it and i found it very informative.

Ekman and Friesen do an excellent job in explaining the different emotions and not just how they look but how they feel.

Personally, I loved the book it was exactly what I wanted. Overall i'd say buy it, you wont regret it. But maybe only for people that are really into studying facial expressions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars quick delivery 14 May 2014
By Jill
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A good read and very useful for the criminal psychology course l am studying for. Good reference book that l can use
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 Jan 2014
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If you want to learn about facial expressions, this is the book you want. From the works of Dr Paul Ekman its amazing how you can learn all about how your face can give you away. If like me you enjoyed the TV series Lie To Me, then you need to read this book.
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