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Non-Verbal Communication Tools : Non-Verbal Communication: Facial Expressions

Okay, now we’re ready to talk about the face.
There are actually two things that your face communicates. The first thing that I want
to talk about is what your face communicates with or without trying. You may manipulate
your face to communicate something. But a lot of times our facial expressions just happen
in reaction to the things around us. And that is facial communication. It has been proven
that your face can communicate all of these emotions simply by what you do with it. Surprise,
fear, anger, sadness, disgust, contempt, interest and happiness. There are other researchers
that also believe, and I believe it as well, that our face can communicate bewilderment.
When we just don’t really know exactly what it is you are trying to tell us and we don’t
understand. So sometimes you can be aware of what you do with your face. Sometimes it’s
just going to be an automatic reaction. I might make a mental choice to, to prove to
you through my face that I’m not very happy. Or I might walk in the door and you’ve thrown
me a surprise birthday party that I didn’t know about, that’s going to be something that’s
automatic. These are neither good nor necessarily bad. They establish to the person you’re trying
to communicate with a stronger understanding of how you feel. So I encourage you to use
them but don’t abuse them.

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