Facial expressions communicate a variety of emotions. Learn how facial expressions are influential in non-verbal communication from a communications and public speaking expert in this free relationship building video.
Okay, now we're ready to talk about the face. There are actually two things that your face communicates. The first thing that I want to talk about is what your face communicates with or without trying. You may manipulate your face to communicate something. But a lot of times our facial expressions just happen in reaction to the things around us. And that is facial communication. It has been proven that your face can communicate all of these emotions simply by what you do with it. Surprise, fear, anger, sadness, disgust, contempt, interest and happiness. There are other researchers that also believe, and I believe it as well, that our face can communicate bewilderment. When we just don't really know exactly what it is you are trying to tell us and we don't understand. So sometimes you can be aware of what you do with your face. Sometimes it's just going to be an automatic reaction. I might make a mental choice to, to prove to you through my face that I'm not very happy. Or I might walk in the door and you've thrown me a surprise birthday party that I didn't know about, that's going to be something that's automatic. These are neither good nor necessarily bad. They establish to the person you're trying to communicate with a stronger understanding of how you feel. So I encourage you to use them but don't abuse them.