Essay about What Kind Of Day Do You Think This Woman Is Having?

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What kind of day do you think this woman is having?

What’s going on here?

And probably isn’t hard to imagine how these two are feeling, right?

That’s because most humans are really good at silently communicating and interpreting a whole range emotions using only their facial muscles.

Whether voluntary or involuntary, a simple curled lip, raised eyebrow, or crinkled nose, can speak volumes.

In fact, many psychologists believe that not only are some of our basic facial expressions innate and not learned, but that they’re also universal across cultures.

They believe that whether you were born in Tokyo, Oklahoma, or the isolated Amazon, you’re born with an innate ability to identify certain basic emotions like anger, fear, happiness, surprise, sadness, and disgust play out on a human face.

Darwin was one of the first to express this theory back in 1872 in his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

He suggested humans evolved such emotional expressions from our animal ancestors, and that they helped increase survival by facilitating communication in social groups, and by helping individuals adapt to environmental stimuli -- something I’ll come back to in a minute.

In the late 1960s psychologist Paul Ekman began testing Darwin’s universality theory by traveling around and conducting lots of independent cross-cultural studies.

In New Guinea, for example, he encountered an isolated, preliterate culture which had never seen outsiders before. He told…

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