Surprise longer than a second or two is fake

The appearance of surprise consists of three main parts: raised eyebrows, raised eyelids, and the dropping of the jaw.

The appearance of surprise consists of three main parts: raised eyebrows, raised eyelids, and the dropping of the jaw.

If someone’s surprise lasts longer than a second or two, they’re likely to be faking their surprise.

Surprise is the briefest of emotions, with a sudden onset that dissipates quickly as the stimulus that caused the surprise is understood. Once the event that caused the surprise has been evaluated, another emotion quickly follows, such as happiness (a pleasant surprise), fear (a frightening event that was surprising), or disgust (discovering a dead rodent under some rubbish) etc. The only time surprise will continue for longer than a few seconds is when further surprising stimulus occurs, although technically this becomes a separate surprise event.

The appearance of surprise consists of three main parts: raised eyebrows, raised eyelids, and the dropping of the jaw.

About Stu Dunn

With a background in sales and behavioural science, I enjoy learning more about people, behaviour, psychology - which led into motivation - and more recently - sales again. Having started my own real estate company with my wife, it's time to merge interests.
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