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7 Facial Expressions: What They Really Mean

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happyRaised lip corners and crinkled eyelids indicate that the person’s happy. Look for crow’s feet to indicate whether a smile is genuine or not. True smiling, like all expressions, involve muscles beyond our control, so a trained eye can tell the real from the fake simply by noting whether the muscles surrounding the eye socket are in use.

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12:54PM PST on Nov 23, 2014

Thank you for sharing:) Very interesting

9:44AM PST on Nov 22, 2014

I can't see any photos; I will come back later!

8:43PM PST on Nov 18, 2014

Thank you.

2:26PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thanks for the post.

11:02AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

interesting, there was a tv program about this and they even showed examples.

10:01AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

I am pretty good at knowing when people are not being honest with me in person.I was already aware of these expressions.Does anyone know of an article i can read on knowing when on-line people are lyeing to me.I don't trust anyone who I don't have a personal relationship with.

9:58AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

I am pretty good at knowing when people are not being honest with me in person.I was already aware of these expressions.Does anyone know of an article i can read on knowing when on-line people are lyeing to me.I don't trust anyone who I don't have a personal relationship with.

9:08AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

I cant wait to go home and try lol

10:49PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

"From the "thank you" and "very interesting" comments to this article, I am reading "tell me something that I don't know" or "boring"."

I've noticed that too, and just chalked it up to people who don't want to put any real effort into collecting their Butterfly points.

Another point I'd like to make is that reading facial expressions is crucial to how we communicate and perceive one another - and why so many of us may be uneasy regarding things like full-veiling (as in burkas and similar face-covering garments). You can hear the woman's voice, but not clearly, and you have NO idea if her facial expressions match what she is saying.


3:10PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

I think I knew most of these, but I still learned some new info. Oh, and I don't think the pictures were always the best examples of these things, but like the article said, it's hard to imitate these things, and from the looks of it, the woman was trying to show these expressions without really feeling the emotions.

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