Saturday, October 9, 2010

Are You Happy? Lie To Me

Lately, I've had a bit more motivation to go to the gym for 45-minutes of cardio sessions, because I've started watching Lie to Me (season one DVD). I found out that the show is based on Paul Ekman's research on coding facial expressions of human emotions (in the show, the lead character Dr Lightman is based on Ekman, and uses his knowledge to detect people's lies to solve crimes). I remember I first came across Ekman's name in a 2002 New Yorker article by Malcom Gladwell,  "The Naked Face".

After watching a few episodes of the show, I went onto Ekman's site and discovered that he offers online training in recognizing micro expressions of 7 basic emotions -- sadness, anger, surprise, fear, disgust, contempt and happy. Out of curiosity, I checked out the METT Advanced online course.

Now, I am puzzled as to why I am rather inept at recognizing sadness, while scoring high on all the other 6 emotions. On hearing my results, BL joked, "Maybe you just don't hang around sad faces much." I wonder if that's true. Does that mean I see a lot of anger, fear, disgust and contempt, along with happiness and surprise? Or perhaps it means I haven't been tuning into other people's sadness. Will have to put my newly acquired training to the test and see if I notice more sadness...

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