Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life
“Emotions change how we see the world and how we interpret the actions of others. We do not seek to challenge why we are feeling a particular emotion; instead, we seek to confirm it.”Paul Ekman
“Emotions can override…the more powerful fundamental motives that drive our lives: hunger, sex, and the will to survive. People will not eat if they think the only food available is disgusting. They may even die, although other people might consider that same food palatable. Emotion triumphs over the hunger drive! A person may never attempt sexual contact because of the interference of fear or disgust, or may never be able to complete a sexual act. Emotion triumphs over the sex drive! And despair can overwhelm even the will to live, motivating a suicide. Emotions triumph over the will to live!”Paul Ekman
Motivations to Read
I've had this book on my shelf for a while. Growing up, I was a loner and didn't develop strong interpersonal skills until I acknowledged it was a problem and I started to listen to others more and become better aware of my own emotions. Ever since, I've been working on my emotions like any other skill though deliberate practice and finding the right resources. I heard about the author Paul Ekman through the show Lie to Me and was thrilled to see he had done so much research and wrote a book about what he learned.
3 Reasons to Read
- Become more consciously aware of when you are becoming emotional, even before you speak or act.
- Be better at choosing how you behave when you are emotional, so you can achieve your goals without damaging other people
- Become more sensitive to how others are feelings and improve your emotional intelligence
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