Expression of the Day – 21 Oct 2012

What is this expression? Click on for the FACS Codes if you want to FACS code this expression. Post your thoughts in the comments below.

Star netball shooter Irene van Dyk after a winning their netball championships, just hours after her mother died. Happy? Sad? What do you see this image captures?


About Stu Dunn

I have three major professional areas in my life: Team Dunn Real Estate (Harcourts Real Estate with my beautiful wife Bridget), SDL (Behavioural Science Consulting) and Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu). Stu & Bridget Dunn Real Estate: Providing awesome service and results through our approachable, professional and effective real estate services. SDL: SDL helps our clients to understand non-verbal communication and to avoid deception. We do this by providing online courses, training and specialist advice in areas of behaviour, emotional analysis and detecting deception. Both my wife Bridget and I are also FACS certified. I have also written an International Best Seller, True Lies; A Guide To Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception In The Real World., & Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu): The Wing Chun System, known for its incredible speed, powerful straight punches & Chi Sao (contact reflex training), relies on angling & body mechanics rather than brute force.
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5 Responses to Expression of the Day – 21 Oct 2012

  1. Anthony says:

    It may be a blend of happiness and sadness. The happiness shown in the lower face. There is a genuine smile. Actually, she is grinning. The crow’s feet appears around her eyes. Also, the muscle of her eyes and her face are involved in smiling. Thus, it is a genuine smile and it shows happiness. However, in the upper face, the eyes show very slight sadness. The upper eyelids are drooped and become a shape like triangle. Also the lower eyelids are slightly tensed. These are the signs of sadness. Moreover, the pupil should be dilated because the championship is the thing that she wants to see. Yet in the photo, her pupils are contracted. She may think of the death of her mom.

  2. SDL says:

    There’s happiness, sadness, relief, satisfaction, grief and emotional exhaustion – it’s all here!

  3. SDL says:

    Learn some of the key signs of each of the universal expressions, then think of the different levels with that range. For example, anger: On one end of the scale is mild irritation, the other being blind rage. There are huge amounts of names, terms, descriptions of emotions within this range. Sadness: a little down all the way to depressed or suicidal.

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