I Couldn’t Have Said It Better

faces1 “There is no sense in pretending, Your eyes give you away” ~ Tom Petty

I was reading an interview last year and the interviewer was asking Tim Roth about his role as Cal Lightman on “Lie To Me” (a show based loosely on the findings of facial reading of emotion and deception expert, Paul Ekman.) One of the things that really stuck in my head was when Tim Roth stated that he tries not to pay too much attention to the reading techniques on the show because after meeting with Paul Ekman he realized that despite facial reading being a “job” for Ekman it also tends to leak in to personal life. Now I’m sure some of you are sitting there thinking “cool, I could find out if my husband is doing something he shouldn’t be after work” or something similar and you may be right but there is always another side to the coin.

While I am only just embarking upon my graduate school career in reading non-verbal body language and facial expression I am fortunate to have a background of rich cultural exposure which allows me experience in reading people. By no means do I profess to be an expert – if I were, why would I be seeking a graduate degree? But I already notice the leaking of “work” in to my personal life and while I find it intriguing in every single circumstance, I do occasionally wish that I could turn off the observance for a singular moment. Sure, it’s nice to be able to tell if the cute guy at the dry cleaners is in to you but would you really want to know if someone was absolutely disgusted with something you did? Would you really want to know that the woman across from you in the grocery store was contemptuous of you for whatever reason? Sometimes ignorance could well be bliss.

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2 Responses to “I Couldn’t Have Said It Better”

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    Queen Bee says:

    I must say, without any specialized training, I’m able to pick out the contemptuous woman at the grocery store! LOL =)

    Happy Hump Day!

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