Reading Facial Expressions
SCIENCE OF SUCCESS
READING FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
THE PROBLEM | MICRO-EXPRESSIONS
Losing clients. Drama. Break-ups. Failure.
Have You Ever lost money because you misread a situation? Do you avoid social gatherings? Do people find reasons to cancel on you or avoid your company? Are you the type of Person who just seems to rub people the wrong way? Have you been told that you come across as “stuck-up,” “pretentious,” or “snobby?”
If you answered “Yes” to any of these, you might just need to find new, MORE supportive friends OR it might be that your Sensory Acuity aka Emotional Intelligence could use a crash course in Personal Development and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP.)
Think EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE. In NLP, sensory acuity enables the practitioner to stop ‘mind reading’ and start to have more accuracy in calibrating (determining by criteria, not guessing) what the body language (including facial muscles and tones of voices) is telling them.
Obviously this is crucial in any person to person interaction and will enhance any chance of knowing that person deeply or working on a substantial level with them. Sensory acuity can also be referred to as sensory awareness and is a fundamental pillar of NLP.
For any NLP technique to work effectively, the NLP Practitioner needs NLP rapport and sensory acuity to connect with the client and notice subtle shifts in the physiology which provides clues on where the client is within the process of change.
When you are asking questions to understand the issue the client wants to work with, sensory acuity will enable you to notice when you find the area to begin working on. Your client will communicate through their physiology and using sensory acuity you can respond accordingly, facilitating a journey for the client. The essence of sensory acuity is the ability to recognize what is fact and what is perception.
For example, you may look at someone with their arms folded and say they are bored. When in fact they may be cold.
Sensory acuity is the ability to be acutely aware of the detail in front of you, for example: mouth turned up or down, changes in skin tone, where the client is breathing from or changes in breathing.
Making a conclusion that someone is cold would not hold up in court, whereas saying the facts such as: they folded their arms, would be considered a fact.
When you master sensory acuity you are aware of the facts and start to notice changes in the facts at various points of the conversation interpreting key points and learning about your client at a deeper level.
Sensory Acuity: (seeing, hearing, feeling (physically and emotionally), smelling and tasting) is a critical piece of NLP and your life. It is important for you to be aware of: Feedback/information that indicates the extent to which you are on or off target in achieving your outcomes.
Calibrating: Calibration in NLP is the ability to notice and measure changes with respect to a standard. … Calibration, as used in NLP, is the skill of learning to read unconscious, non-verbal responses.
There are many successful and powerful ways to increase your sensory acuity, but one of the most intentional and fastest ways to improve your instinctual capacity to read the emotions of others is by practicing the basic 7 human emotions.
To rapidly and effectively train yourself how to spot and quickly identify
- Sadness and
Use this list to work with another human with the mutual goal of developing greater degrees of emotional intelligence; print the page and take turns practicing this exercise with a friend or colleague for 5 minutes every day for one week; Take turns by allowing one person to randomly demonstrate any of the 7 emotional states listed below while the other person studies the face, posture, body language, breathing, and eyes & then find the corresponding emotional state from the list.
Be HONEST! Focus on just one emotion at a time and be sure not to send misleading or crossed signals (yet.)
Take note of how often you are correct and how often you are incorrect. The brain will begin memorizing which micro-expressions, breathing patterns, postures, and eye movements correspond to which emotions as a second nature which can begin to resemble a sixth sense.
7 HUMAN EMOTIONS
But what exactly are basic emotions and where do other emotions such as shame, guilt and pride fit in?
Basic emotions are emotions that have been scientifically proven to have a certain facial expression associated with it. In fact, developing the skill of reading microexpressions can help detect aspects of these expressions that are subtle or hard to determine.
For example, the basic emotion of “Anger” can be recognized by this picture all around the world, no matter what age, religion or gender you are, or what language you speak and it may be one of the most important in detecting threatening behavior. Anger can be characterized by these characteristics below:
Similarly, Fear is also a basic emotion. Fear is recognized all around the world by this facial expression of emotion, with the characteristics which can be seen below. Its important to note that other words describing fear are also expressed by this same face (or portions of this face). Emotions such as scared, mortified, horrified and petrified all have characteristics of this expression.
There are other basic emotions such as disgust, contempt, happiness, sadness and surprise. Their characteristics can be seen below:
We often get asked about emotions such as shame, pride, jealously and guilt.
While these emotions are important ones, they are still not considered part of the basic emotions set. For example, there is no scientific evidence showing that there is a universal expression of shame that is recognized around the world as shame. Be weary when you see or hear people labeling expressions as emotions not in the basic emotion set. There is little evidence backing up their claims.
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