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    According to Paul Ekman, Ph.D., emotions is what unifies all of humankind, also, that all individuals have the same emotions. There is evidence that there are about six or seven types of emotions. But what are the characteristics of emotions? Paul Ekman informs us that one of the first characteristics of an emotion it that it’s unbidden. Unbidden is arising without conscious effort, we don’t choose to have an emotion. For example, we don’t get to say, “alright now I’m going to be happy”. But with the entertainment world in some sense we can short circuit that. We can read a scary book or go to a movie that will make us cry. Entertainment offers the opportunity to induce the emotions but we can’t do it voluntarily. The second one that sets off our…

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    Micro expressions can help people become more sensitive to other peoples feelings, since common expressions on the face don’t always accurately portray how someone is really feeling. By being able to read the emotions that they are trying to conceal, it can better peoples understanding of others (Ekman, 2015). Everyone can benefit from learning micro expressions, teachers can read the expressions of their students faces to obtain cues when deciding if students are understanding the material or…

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    Radiolab did a segment on how our facial expressions can be hints to our inner emotions by interviewing Paul Ekman, a renowned psychologist who is a pioneer in the study of emotions. The radio segment begins with a psychologist by the name of Gordon Burghardt. Burghardt studies snakes particularly the hognose snake. Gordon studies them by putting a chicken puppet inside the cage and begins to attack the snake with this puppet. The snake reacts by flipping over on its back, starts to bleed from…

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    Body Language Observation

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    visible. The results showed correct answers of 80 percent hands not visible and 75 percent hands visible. Every person communicates using both verbal and non-verbal language. Non-verbal language/communication consists of body language, facial expressions and touch. Psychologists have determined that non-verbal communication provide a wealth of information to others regarding their emotions (Burton, Westen, & Kowalski, 2012). An angry look or a stamping foot, can speak just as loud as a…

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    In 2011, Kevin Chran wrote about Paul Ekman and his research on facial emotion measurement. As a matter of fact, when Ekman was fourteen in 1948 his mother committed suicide due to bipolar depression. Not only ... but also he wished that he could have seen the depression in her face but he couldn’t at the time. In the same fashion he wanted to find a way to help save more lives. Nevertheless, he ended up finding out that Darwin was right about emotions being universal. Until recently everybody…

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    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…

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    In 1969, Paul Ekman argued that anger, fear, disgust, sadness, and happiness are considered primary emotions that produce innate facial expressions. He suggested that surprise, pride, and contempt should be included within the group of “basic emotions”. The innate theory was proposed by Caroll Izard’s research on young infant’s facial expressions. The experiment included in this ZAP activity asked me to choose which emotion I thought the picture provided was portraying most accurately. From my…

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    was linked to adapted characteristics that evolved through natural selection. In other words, the evolutionary perspective assumes that ancient human environments contributed to the modern human traits that allows us to adjust to modern threats, emotions, and scenarios. For example, a mother may become aggressive when protecting her children against prey and defend them. Through natural and sexual selection the trait has become prevalent in general protectiveness over their young in…

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    Facial Expressions and the Role They Play in Recognizing Emotions There was a TV show that was broadcast from 2009-2011 called Lie to Me. In this show was a man named Cal Lightman who used his knowledge of body language and facial expressions to read people’s body language. The premise of Lie to Me is based on Paul Ekman and his studies on microexpressions (“Lie to Me”). A microexpression “is a brief, involuntary facial expression shown on the face of humans according to emotions experienced”…

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    Understand how to make good use of social skills and managing emotions are the first conditions to all employees who need to interact with customers in their jobs; for instance, hospitality industry, but also to everyone interacts with others in daily life. However, people start interacting with each other by using their electronic devices and create a phenomenon of social corrosion due to the development of technology. Nevertheless, the essay will discuss what benefits of having a highly…

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