Chapter 10 First Impression

Facial expressions are important when it comes to communicating with people, though it can be difficult for some people. Before taking the Emotional Intelligence Quiz, I thought I had a pretty good idea of how to read emotions. When I was taking the test, there were a few emotions that were a little difficult to recognize and others that I could recognize right away. I got an 18/20 of the quiz so I am pretty good at reading emotions, but I could still improve as well. The ones that stumped me the most were contempt and compassion. I think I struggle with these emotions because they aren’t as clear as other emotions such as happiness or pain or disgust. I find this Emotional Intelligence Quiz to be credible because it is from an accredited academic university. I liked how the quiz pointed out tell-tale signs of each emotion. For example, to notice someone is experiencing fear you should look for their eyebrows to be up and in, “lower eyelid contracts and upper eyelid raises slightly,” and the corners of their lips are pulled sideways causing the mouth to tighten. I also liked how the quiz compared emotions that were easily confused with each other. Continuing with my previous example, fear is often confused with surprise, however, when expressing surprise our eyes open wider than when we express fear. This quiz was super fun to take and I am happy with my results. I plan use these tips and pointers in my every day life to be able to read peoples’ emotions. This could help me better communicate with people on a daily basis.


One thought on “Chapter 10 First Impression

  1. Liv,
    Wow! I took the quiz just for fun, and I got a 15/20. You must be very good at reading facial expressions!
    In class, we learned emotion is an individual state in response to an event. There are three components that compose emotion, including physiological, cognitive, and behavioral. Physiological emotion is any tip of body arousal, such as heart rate, temperature, and breathing changes. Cognitive emotion is subjective appraisal and the interpretation of other people’s feeling. Lastly, behavioral emotion is physical expressions of emotions, which would include reading facial expressions. We also discussed there are three ways to measure emotions, including behavioral displays, self-reports, and psychophysiological reactions. We discussed how accurate behavioral displays of emotions. Since facial expressions are so hard to fake, it is an accurate way to get a true interpretation of how someone is feeling. Self-reports of emotions are less accurate because people can often exert bias or attempt to hide how they are truly feeling. Psychophysiological reactions, including face electromyography, heart rate, and startle reflex, are also accurate ways to measure emotions because they also cannot be faked easily. Due to your high score on the emotions quiz, it is evident you are very good at interpreting behavior displays of emotions.
    I hope reviewing this information will be helpful to you on our upcoming exam, Liv! Great job on the quiz!


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