What Can I Do With Micro-Expressions?

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What Can I Do With Micro-Expressions?

Assuming you have signed up for Dr. Ekman’s Micro-Expression Training Tool (METT) or better still, completed both PEI programs here, you should now have gotten a much clearer idea about how emotions work (what triggers them, their function, and how they have universal expressions). Great, well what now? Well, even if you haven’t, I’d like to answer that burning question many people have asked me about.

It is ironic how easily learning to recognise micro-expressions is to how many different ways it can applied. It is like saying, “How will it change my life if I can understand how other people are feeling right now?” If you haven’t understood what they are yet, here’s what you need to know.


Firstly, micro-expressions are facial expressions that happen very, very fast. Granted, learning to read them quickly takes some training but nearly everyone shows an improvement is as little as 30 minutes of training. It hinges on Dr. Ekman’s groundbreaking discovery that there are universal facial expressions for human beings. While most of us think we can already recognise big, slow facial expressions, many dismiss or just miss the micro ones. Dr. Ekman’s studies have shown that these fleeting expressions carry hidden messages that people consciously or unconsciously hide. This means there’s an element of potential deception here which people trained with this ability must understand to better use and investigate further.

We see your emotions. We know it’s there, but we don’t know why. That’s where the deeper level of skill lies.

Recognising these emotions in high speed gives you an added proficiency to the way you assess and gauge the communication in real-time. This can appear to others that you are exceptionally insightful, but in reality, you’re just learning a deeper level to being observant. But remember, recognising micro-expressions is just one of the FIVE channels you learn to pay attention to.

5 channels of communication

Micro-Expressions are just a part of one channel (Facial expression) that we can observe

Recognise when someone is:

  • Hiding the truth about their resume
  • Lying about their mental or emotional health
  • Pretending to be fine when they’re actually hurt or sad
  • Deceiving you about the quality of the work they said they have done
  • Intentionally misleading you about their work experience or projects
  • Misdirecting you towards a high potential risk in investment
  • Posing as a potential threat to you or your loved ones
  • Is uncertain about the words they’re saying
  • Unconsciously contradicting themselves

Honestly, I could list down dozens of scenarios where recognising when someone is feeling a certain emotion confirms or disqualifies what they are saying and why that would be valuable. Whether the consequences of those actions impact you personally or professionally, it’s important to remember that human behaviour and communication is seldom so random that emotions are absent. Emotions and their expressions can happen very quickly and shift or blend into other emotions. This key understanding and insight adds a new layer to how you perceive the value of the communication and how you can read others, thereby making better informed decisions about what you say or do next. So the question is, how valuable would that be to you?

“Would it be helpful for you to notice if someone who is secretly struggling with a problem before it becomes it blows up in some horrible way?”

Do you want to know if you’re wasting your time talking to someone? Do you need to recognise if someone is probably going to start making things up to get rid of you? Want to know if someone is genuinely interested in your idea? Or maybe has concerns about your idea? Would it help you to disqualify people who fake emotions to earn your pity? The obvious connection here relates to lie detection of course. And that’s a deeper exploration based on the what you can begin to become so much better at once you already learn how to observe micro-expressions.

Sadly, many of the younger generation today are rapidly UN-learning this ability with an over dependency on screens rather than face-to-face contact. And it’s not just them because even those prone to reliance to technology show a weakening awareness to their own emotions as well as others. It’s become a situation where similar to politeness and courtesy; Recognising emotions is now like a super power.

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By | 2018-07-19T13:44:55+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Emotional Intelligence, Lie Detection|0 Comments