Facial Expressions in our communication

Our facial expressions make up an essential part of our communication. Facial expressions are universal. When we are not face-to-face, we use emojis to convey the same facial expressions.

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What are facial expressions?

It was probably easy to see if you were happy or not when you went to school today. Facial expressions show when people are happy, sad or angry. 

Researchers have written a lot of articles on how people communicate using facial expressions. Most researchers agree that we have six basic facial expressions: happiness/joy, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust.

Universal facial expressions

Over the last ten years, some researchers have started saying that we have many more than six basic facial expressions. 

Smiling doesn’t necessarily mean that you are happy. A smile can spring from desire, love,admiration or interest. Variations in how you smile can also express embarrassment, amusement or being happily disgusted.

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