Reading body language helps us understand when people are offended, enthralled or anything in between. An article on Inc only discusses the basic emotions, from happiness to contempt, with an illustrated guide to recognising them.
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No one expresses their every emotion, but it still helps to have an eye for people’s expressions. Inc’s guide breaks down the basics of reading seven common emotions through facial expressions, because the better we can read people, the better we can respond. The explanation for surprise is a good example of what you’ll see in the guide:
The expression of surprise is the briefest of all the expressions. It usually includes a raised eyebrow, with the eyes widened and the mouth open. The expression of surprise can melt quickly into anger, joy or sadness.
Things that typically escape our notice can be the biggest tells, like whether you’re pulling your eyebrows together or not when you raise them, which can differentiate fear or surprise.