Emotions Revealed: Understanding Faces and Feelings

Emotions Revealed: Understanding Faces and Feelings

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By (author) Paul Ekman

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  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 23mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753817659
  • ISBN 13: 9780753817650
  • Illustrations note: 150
  • Sales rank: 31,153

Product description

Using 40 years of groundbreaking research, Paul Ekman explores why and when we become emotional and what happens when we do - the external signs and facial expressions. So much of what we communicate is non-verbal. In this very practical book, Paul Ekman helps the reader to observe the underlying, concealed emotions that we can observe in those around us, and understand why our bodies react in the ways they do. EMOTIONS REVEALED also helps the reader to identify why they might feel 'overly' emotional in some situations, and why some people wear their heart on their sleeve whilst others manage to conceal their feelings, even from those close to them. Chapters include 'when do we get emotional?' 'Changing what we become emotional about' as well as 'Anger' 'Fear', 'Surpise' and 'Happiness'. Most importantly, it shows how we can apply this understanding to everyday situations to improve our quality of life.

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Author information

Paul Ekman is a professor of psychology at the University of California and a world-renowned expert on facial expression, deception and emotion. He has consulted on and appeared in many television programmes in the UK and US and is the author or editor of 14 books and over 100 scientific papers.

Review quote

"There has not been a book on this subject of such range and insight since Darwin's famous Expression of the Emotions more than a century ago." --Oliver Sacks ""Emotions Revealed" will leave everyone who reads it more intelligent about their emotional life . . . A charming, sound, sane map to the world of emotions, the perfect guide." --Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence"

Editorial reviews

Emotions are a universal experience; every human being, from Angola to Aberdeen, regularly experiences emotion. Emotions add colour as well as confusion to our lives; they create the most powerful experiences we have, and they seem, for the most part, absolutely out of our control. Yet they are vital in our day-to-day living; we can subconsciously judge any situation by the emotions of those involved, and by how these emotions manifest themselves in the body. For this book, Paul Ekman has photographed a whole range of bodily and facial expressions, and he explains what each one is, and by what subtle physiology they are formed. But how are they caused? What happens in the body to make them? Is it possible to control or manipulate our emotions, and the effects they have on ourselves, and others? How do you tell if an emotion is 'false'? Ekman offers insights that are practical as well as enthralling; we can't eliminate our emotions but with this book we can learn how to make our emotions work more in our favour. Ekman is a world-renowned psychologist and expert on non-verbal communication, and this remarkable investigation of the human condition is the result of 40 years of cutting-edge research. A brilliant and gripping read. (Kirkus UK)