The thing is that although faces do show genuine emotions, any facial expression that develops naturally can be produced artificially for a purpose that is social.

The thing is that although faces do show genuine emotions, any facial expression that develops naturally can be produced artificially for a purpose that is social.

Smiles and frowns, to make the many examples that are obvious may be spontaneous expressions of delight or anger, nonetheless they may also be manufactured as deliberate signals, such as for instance frowning to point question or displeasure, smiling to signal approval or contract, etc. Emotions can be concealed under a ‘social’ look, a ‘stiff top lip’ or perhaps a blank, ‘inscrutable’ expression.

Regardless of this possibility of ‘deceit’, we count more on facial expressions than on any kind of part of body gestures. Continue reading “The thing is that although faces do show genuine emotions, any facial expression that develops naturally can be produced artificially for a purpose that is social.”