The Micro Expressions Of Lying

Hey there, Steve here and welcome to this week’s private eye post which is all about the micro expressions of lying.

Microexpressions are the fleeting facial expressions that display our emotions. They can occur in a fraction of a second.

As a result, I’ve put this week’s post is in a video format, so you easily see all of the expressions for yourself.

Each of the longer videos has an intro, the video, and the video transcript — so you can read the contents and skip to individual expressions if you haven’t the time to watch all the videos.

Disclaimer: This information is for general educational purposes only and may not apply to all situations — everyone is unique after all. For help with an individual situation, please contact us —the first call is free, and we may just be able to put your mind at rest!

Micro Expression Basics

Essentially, there are 7 universal emotions: disgust, anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and contempt.

Here’s what each of them look like…(each video is just 3 seconds long)







This video also shows the difference between real and fake happiness.


Here’s the link to find out more information on the basics

Practicing On Real Micro Expressions

Now, in real life, micro expressions are nowhere near as obvious as you’ve just seen in the video basics. This high-quality video will show you exactly what to look for.

Video Transcript

for the first time in history you’re going to experience how micro expressions are analyzed in 4k video quality on the right side on your screen at the bottom you see a tiny box that’s the standard video size what you’re going to experience is 4k video quality that’s large box on your whole screen right now the difference in quality on the left side you see standard 480p which gives you very little detail on the right side you see the 4k video quality of the micro-expressions that we’re going to analyze in 4k in just a moment my name is Patrick Faisal ski I’m the founder of the Center for bud language and also thank you to charisma Khadem e our partners in Singapore to help us make these videos the definition of micro-expressions it’s the movement of facial muscles of half a second or shorter and those are the most reliable signs of what somebody truly feels and we’re going to analyze right now seven videos in 4k are you ready watch carefully because here we go for the first video this is not an easy one because there are too small emotions here let me play it for you once more look at the eyebrows so which emotions do you think that are hidden here let’s have a look at the solution when we look closer have a look at the eyebrows first eyebrows go downward and then you see the upper eyelids going upward so the eyebrows go downward here this is where the eyebrows move downward and also the eyes narrow especially you see the muscle in the bottom eyelid contracting so this is clearly anger and then you see the upper eyelids becoming bigger higher so this is a sign of surprise first anger then surprise first anger then surprise let’s look closer so first you see the eyebrows going downward this is the part of the anger and the ice narrowing and then you see the upper eyelid going upward this is the part where you see surprise so if you played real time this is first anger then surprise and closer anger surprise let’s have a look at the next one are you ready here we go this is a very similar one and we’re putting them together because it’s interesting to compare them one by one both all the persons one after the other one together so we get used to the same face and also it’s interesting to compare similar emotions shown in a different a slightly different way so this one here let’s have a look once more what do you think it is here it comes the solution when you look closer here you see first eyebrows downward then the upper is upwards together with eyebrows going upward let’s look closer so here the eyebrows go downward the eyes narrow also a little bit and then the eyebrows go upward and the ice become bigger let me play it for you in slow motion this is the anger so eyebrows downward and eyes narrow a little bit especially the lower eyelid and then later on you see surprise here at this moment here I’m moving moving back and forward in the movie you see the eyelids going upward and eyebrows going upward as well in real-time it looks like this anger surprise comes now yes and closer anger and then surprise here comes the next one are you ready what do you think what did you see here let me play it once more for you again and let’s have a look at the solution this one is an interesting combination of fear and anger first you see anger and then you see fear and why it’s not surprised well that’s because in fear you have two eyebrows stressed and forehead stressed do you see the stress in the forehead here it’s not nice and around that denies that the eyebrows go upward they are stressed and that’s why this is fear and not surprise but before fear you have also some anger do you see the eyebrows going downward well this is anger so in real time it looks like this anger fear and anger at the end slightly again let’s zoom out a little bit so anger fear and then at the end slightly a little bit of anger at the end of the video please keep note that this is not surprised because there is tensed forehead and the eyebrows are going upwards in a tensed way here we go for the next one keep ready to watch the micro-expressions this one isn’t so easy so I’ll going to play it for you once more again so what do you think you see something’s happening around the mouth so let’s have a look together at the solution what happens here is first contempt and then happiness both are very very subtle let’s zoom in first you see contempt why because this side the left side on your screen out lips goes higher than the other one so here is the contempt on the left side on your screen you see the corner of the mouth going slightly more upwards than the other side this is why this part is contempt and then we see both of the lip corners equally rising in a symmetrical way and this is happiness so you have here contempt happiness a little bit closer contempt happiness for next one here we go this isn’t an easy one so let’s have a look again there are two emotions here one is obvious and the other one isn’t let’s have a look at the solution what you see here is first contempt very very small and then sadness let’s have a look in detail in slow motion first you see contempt here you see this side of the lips raising more than the other side that’s contempt very very tiny and then more obvious sadness lips pressed against each other and lip corners downwards this is sadness in real-time it looks like this contempt sadness also remember that contempt isn’t always negative in the training we also explained that it could be being proud somebody feel superior to somebody else or fear superior to their current self or it’s it’s also positive feeling so it’s how could it be sometimes good being proud and it’s shown on the face put one of the lip corners upwards and the scientific family of all those emotions which is called contempt but contempt is an emotion that in the context could be negative positive or maybe even both let’s have a look at what we see here having contempt and sadness and then later on contempt and sadness in detail ready for the next one here we go you see the person talking but in between there is an emotion hidden which one let’s have a look solution what you see happening is discussed in between the talking in detail here it was let me posit for you do you see the wrinkles around the nose especially around this area here well this is discussed let me play it for you in real-time discussed and slightly zoomed out discussed okay let’s have a look at the next one are you ready here we go this one is a lot easier so let’s have a look once more again just in case this is sadness because the lips are pressed against each other and energy in the face is very very quiet here you see lips pressed against each other lip course slightly downward a little bit here but the face is very very quiet actually actually you see the eyes closing a little bit the head going downwards so this is why the energy of the face reflects controlled sadness once more sadness and in close up sadness ready for the next one here we go what do you think once more here we go when you look closer it becomes a lot easier let’s have a look so let me slow it down for you what happens here first we see happening this this is obviously anger ice narrow slightly and the eyebrows go downwards then here you see disgust around the nose you see this area moving this is disgust and then you see here this I let’s go upward that’s a surprise and actually with a little bit anger as well because the eyebrows cool downwards see this movement in the ice this one here is surprised there is no eyebrows movement at this moment so this is why it surprised in the second part the eyebrows go downwards so it’s anger so let me try to sum this up for you it goes really very very fast first we have anger then we have disgusts and nose then we have surprise and then we have anger so let’s play it in real time anger let me try to do it and say the emotions when they happen as they happen for you anger disgust price anger once more anger disgust surprise anger I was almost there on time so once more here is anger this is disgust around the nose yes then we have the eyelids go upward surprise and the anger just after it when we zoom out it happens like this not bad huh try to do this at home without just involuntarily it’s it’s impossible so that’s why micro-expressions are the most reliable signs of the true emotions they happen without that you have any control over it and this is an amazing proof of it three emotions and one of them two times in just a few seconds in such tiny detail happening on the face it’s amazing if you’d like to learn more sign up for our free two-month body language II course on Centre for body language calm / free if you’d like to see much more videos analyzed in 4k video quality sign up for our online training and we’re on a mission to inspire over a million lives to be more successful in life and business thanks to more effective communication so thank you for watching this and we hope this inspired you as well

Spotting A Liar

In this video, you’ll see how micro expressions cross people’s faces in real-life situations, and how liars try to hide their expressions.

Video Transcript

– Alright, you ready, sweet tea? – [Man] Always ready, always ready. – This one is for the aspiring behavior scientists and those that just wanna figure out why people lie and figure out their emotions. So today, we’re going over Paul Ekman’s seven basic emotions and the way people try to conceal them in order to mislead others. (suspenseful music) (camera clicking) Thanks so much for tuning in. And those that, you’re interested in understanding behavior and trying to give you some hacks on just how to deal with the world, how to heal with dating, how to deal with hiring the right people. I hope you use it responsibly and you use it for good purposes and to help people. So don’t forget, hit that bell, (dings) so that way you get notified of all of our videos. So I want you to know this is not covered by my Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential because some of this still has to be validated further in the behavior analytic literature. But I do want you to know Paul Ekman, as we mention in a previous video, had spent 50 years researching this. And he combined information from Darwinism, through evolution, phylogenetic behavior, combined it with a lot of experiments and 50 years of deep research. Also, I want you to know that in 2009, Paul Ekman was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Little fun fact you may not know. He’s been asked by sitting presidents to train him on how to conceal their emotions. And usually in a positive way. So, realizing that a sitting president may need to learn how to have a certain poker face, so that they don’t let on when it comes to dealing with other countries that might not have America’s best interest at heart. Emotion number one that many people try to conceal, and it can be seen by very small microexpressions, people’s first reaction. And the first one is anger. (camera clicks) And you’ll see some of the different photos we’ll put in here. But an example of a microexpression with anger would be a really quick, something similar to that. I know that’s weird. But that’s a microexpression. Microexpression number two, it exemplifies disgust. And that expression looks like this. (camera clicking) Microexpression three, which exemplifies the emotion of contempt, is this. (camera clicks) Emotion number four is characterized by an expression like this, which is happiness. And it’s important to know that real smiles and real happiness, Paul Ekman indicates that you can actually see the crows feet. Because this smile is influenced all the way up your face to your eyes. So when someone just kinda goes like this, it’s a fake smile. It’s more likely to be authentic when they smile and you see crows feet. Emotion number five that many people try to conceal is sadness. (camera clicks) And Paul Ekman’s demonstration of this looks something like this. (camera clicking) Emotion number six that many people try to conceal (camera clicks) is fear. And the example of fear looks something like this. (camera clicking) And emotion number seven that many people (camera clicks) do try to conceal is surprise, which may look something like this. (camera clicking) So as you’re gonna see, I’m gonna credit Paul Ekman on this video (camera clicks) and I wanna roll this clip. And what you’ll see is back with the OJ Simpson trials, he would review video footage of someone having certain microexpressions while they were on the stand. And this is important for law enforcement officers to be able to identify. And people in general that wanna understand whether someone could be engaging in misleading behavior. And this one was by Kato Kaelin, who had a microexpression while on the stand with, he had the look of anger and scorn, and you’ll see that right here. (dings) – What you’re seeing is scorn. It’s a combination of anger and disgust, wrinkling of the nose, raising and tightening of the upper lip. – He was frustrated, angry, and scorned because he was lying. And later found out that he was lying. Again, what do you do with these seven emotions and understanding them? Another thing is for you to know that one indicator that someone might be less than honest or lying is that after they tell a lie, or they do something misleading, they often have a certain look, which they call duping delight. So after someone feels like they mislead you, sometimes they smirk. I can’t really do that face very well, so I’m not gonna try. But they call it duping delight, like they got away with something. Often happens after the misleading behavior. What else can you do with this scientific information, or this evidence-based information in Paul Ekman’s world? Besides them training the CIA, the FBI, and law enforcement. One thing that’s important for you to know, there’s some literature suggesting that you can almost change your behavior and your emotions and your feeling just by engaging in the expression, which is really interesting. If you’re feeling really down and you’re trying to pump yourself up to feel good, there is some evidence out there, now again, this is not covered by my Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential, but there’s some evidence showing that if you change your behavior and your expression, your actual emotions may change with it. An example of that would be when you’re feeling sad and you wanna act happy, you just smile like crazy. And there’s some evidence that it makes you feel happier. That’s a behavior hack. And I’m gonna leave you with one last behavior hack now that you understand some of the microexpressions and the emotions and the facial expressions that people try to conceal. A little suggestion that I have, and this is my suggestion, I don’t know that this is evidence-based, but this works in my experience. ‘Cause I interview people every single day, five to 10 people per week. And for that period of time, and actually for people that I interact with regularly, I tend, this is gonna be weird, but this hack is a good one. I tend to act aloof, like I don’t know anything. It’s important to know that, so the more you can sometimes appear aloof, the more you can find out if people have information that, you may already have the accurate information, but if someone thinks you don’t have the accurate information, they may feed you a lie. By you appearing to be aloof to the situation, you often can find out if their actions and words don’t match the real situation and the evidence that you already have before the meeting. So those are my top seven emotions by Dr. Paul Ekman. And a couple of behavior hacks on what you can do with that knowledge. Stay tuned because we’re gonna go over situations where politicians and public figures were caught in a lie later. A retrospective review of the video footage, so you can look for those microexpressions that tried to conceal the lie.


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