Reading Emotions in Others

Our research has shown that the facial expressions associated with certain emotions are universal – they are expressed in the same way regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age or religion. The Reading Emotions in Others workshop trains participants to read three (3) types of facial expressions:

  • Macroexpressions – those that occur spontaneously when individuals have no reason to manage or modify their expression;
  • Microexpressions – those that occur when individuals conceal or repress emotion, and;
  • Subtle expressions- those that are of lower intensity

Participants learn how to:

  • Improve their understanding of emotions and be able to distinguish emotions from moods
  • Understand which aspects of emotion are universal versus which are specific to each culture, ethnic or language group
  • Understand how to use recognition of facial expressions – especially microexpressions – to understand what a person is likely to do next
  • Improve their ability to recognize the macro-, micro- and subtle facial expressions of emotion

We work with participants to develop an in-depth understanding of the nature and function of emotion and facial expressions – including their scientific evidentiary basis – using the Microexpression Recognition (MiX) and Subtle Expression (SubX) training. During the workshop we will use context specific video, practice of live emotions, discussion and role play and other simulations to reinforce what participants have learned and to give them real-life examples of how to use their new skills.

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