January 21st, 2013

Why Body Language Not Facial Expression Could Be The Key To Discovering Your Partner’s Mood

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 at 1:10pm

If you want to know what is really going on with or in the mind of your partner at any point in time, you have to pay attention to his or her body language instead of facial expressions which many of us do…

The below article explains why and I think you should read it too…

Via DailyMail

It’s a situation anyone in a relationship is familiar with – you think you may have upset your other half but you can’t be sure.

Now researchers say confused partners would do better to check their other half’s body language rather than trying to decipher their expression.

While conventional wisdom says that the face best communicates feeling, a study from Princeton University found facial expressions could often be ambiguous. They said that people struggled to tell just from a headshot whether someone was experiencing an extreme positive or negative reaction.

Body language however turned out to be a far more reliable guide.

In four separate experiments the researchers asked participants to work out from photographs if people were experiencing feelings such as loss, victory or pain from facial expressions or body language alone, or from both.

Participants who saw the face only had a 50-50 chance of being correct, whereas those who only saw a body or the face and body together were far more accurate. (more…)

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