Emotion: Week 8 First Impression

I feel as though I am decent at being able to pick out facial expressions and emotions of people. Although, I did not do as well as I thought I would on the emotional intelligence test. My score was only a 14/20. I believe that telling emotions through body language is easier than the multiple choice test with only pictures of faces. Telling emotions can be shown through more than just someones face, their body language is a major signal as to how someone is feeling.

Some emotions are easier to read than others. Happiness, anger, and sadness are common and easy to tell through someone’s facial expression and the pictures on the test. Other, more specific emotions such as contempt and embarrassment were harder to pick out just from a facial image. Embarrassment I got confused with amusement because the the person seemed to have a smile, but just not showing teeth. The tell sign in the image was the downward tilted head.

The website that I took the test on recommended that the best way to get better at telling people’s emotions is practice. From my first impression post this was one of my goals in this psychology class. I hope this section will help me learn the signals that relate to specific emotions. I could use this in my daily life to help with any kind of relationships I have. Having a better skill at telling people’s emotions will help me form better conversations with them or help me react in certain situations. Being able to know if someone is sad or angry I’ll be able to know how to respond to that person and help comfort them as needed.


2 thoughts on “Emotion: Week 8 First Impression

  1. When it comes to facial expressions alone, there are only six emotions that are universally recognizable: happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, disgust. Many emotions are culminations of multiple emotions, so they are harder to distiguish without context. I agree with you completely in that the context that body language can give would have been extremely helpful, and most likely, more realistic. In real life, I would not just stare at someone’s face to gather their emotions, I would listen to their tone of voice, look at their position relative to me, look at their body language, etc. I believe short videos, or even gifs, would have helped make the test more realistic. But as you, and the test, say, practice does make perfect. Continue working towards your original goal and maybe stagnant pictures will become easier to interpret.


  2. I totally agree with you about the facial expressions being hard to pick out by only seeing the faces, and not the body language as well. I also took this test and scored a similar 15/20. The emotions were hard to pick out because some of them were so forced. I think maybe their goal was to more so show and explain the certain small muscle movements that can give away slight differences in emotions. In all, the test was’t supposed to be easy. The difference between happy and polite were very small, and it was hard to tell apart. I think after taking this test and then taking that new knowledge to lecture, it will all work together to give you a new outlook on facial cues. Even if you didn’t score perfect on the test, you at least now can say you know more than you did regarding emotional cues. The faces were hard to read, and in reality it sometimes isn’t that difficult to see and understand someone’s feelings. I think you had some great points reflecting many other people’s thoughts on this test and its topics.


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