Surprise!

02 SurpriseSurprise 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.

Read more about emotions in True Lies.

About Stu Dunn

Becoming proficient with non verbal communication and teaching what I’ve learnt over the years has become an absolute passion of mine; starting with beginning the SDL Behavioural Science Facebook Page, then set up my first online course in 2011, and my first book on the subject True Lies, A Guide to Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception in the Real World was published in 2013. During this time I’ve helped thousands of people around the world become proficient in reading body language, micro expressions and detecting deception – and I’d love to help you too.
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