Try an experiment � probably it�s best to do it when nobody is looking.

See if you can quickly make a facial expression of happiness.� Easy?� Try this one: sadness.

Let�s keep going: here are a few more to try:

  • Happiness
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Disgust
  • Fear
  • Contempt
  • Surprise
  • Frustration

For most of us, we don�t need a RADA training to quickly pull a face that we are pretty sure others will instantly recognise as conveying one of the big emotions.� Illustrators and caricaturists rely on the fact that simple changes in a few muscles and the angles, and shapes of the parts of our faces they create, rapidly convey the fundamental emotions of human life.

In fact, anthropologists have found that the expressions that correlate with many emotions are universal across all human cultures.� Non-verbal communication is quick and powerful, and not to be neglected when thinking about influence and persuasion.� Learn to pick up the cues and you will be able to harness mood to read intention.� Master the art of controlling your body language, and you can portray confidence, control and authority.

No Artist

I am no artist, but I just tried to sketch each of the eight emotions above.

Hover over the image to see which emotion I was trying to convey.� How consistent are we?

FrustrationAngerHappinessDisgust

FearSadnessContemptSurprise

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