Hello, people. RobSp1derp1g’s here once again.
I’ve recently been told that I have a useless blog that doesn’t teach anything. Well, that about to change! I’m here to teach you about micro expressions using examples from iCarly.
Now, a bunch of you know about a show on FOX called “Lie To Me” starring Tim Roth. That show was about a man, named Dr. Cal Lightman who can tell whenever you’re lying. He analyzes everything in your body, from the position of your hands to the way you tilt your head, to the simplest scratching of your eyebrow. Nothing escapes the guy. And look out, ladies, he’s British. And from watching pretty much every episode of the show, I’ve learned a few tricks.
For example, there are 43 muscles used in micro-expressions, which, when combined can sum up to a total of 10,000 micro-expressions.
There are 7 basic micro-expressions: anger, disgust, surprise, happiness, fear, sadness, contempt.
With these 7, you can identify a whole range of emotions.
Let’s now delve deep into these expressions. There are images about this with Tim Roth’s face on them, but since I cannot use them, I’ll use examples from iCarly.
Before I do, though, a warning. This stuff is pretty cool, but if you’re too into it, it’ll ruin your life. All people are allowed to have secrets, and if you go around trying to find them, people will be angry, and it may lead to other problems in your life. Just saying.
Onwards and upwards! This is a common sentence used by scientists, even though Science should always look at all directions. Bones reference.
Anger can lead to a lot of unexpected situations so, one always should know how to identify it and, if possibly, defuse it.
You can see that Carly’s pretty angry here. You can identify anger through several signs, the most common being the person shouting and overall being angry. But before these outbursts, you might be able to spot the eyebrows being down and pushed together, the eyes shooting a glare, possibly at the reason for the anger, and the lips being narrowed. The image above doesn’t really show it, because Carly’s talking.
Also, here’s another example:
Can you see the murderous intent on Carly’s eyes?
This is the one I’d never find on iCarly. iCarly isn’t going to show a character feeling contempt for another, that’d just be…, well, not iCarly-ish. So, I was forced to go find an image that showed it. And I did. The credits for this image go to empathicperspectives.wordpress.com, who have a page with more on the subject than this simple page. Also to Tim Roth, who’s actually on the image.
This one’s easy, just think back at any time where any character shrugged. Or just try this:
If you looked at the image above, you’re probably feeling it right now. But in all seriousness, look at this:
You can identify disgust by noticing the nose wrinkles near the eyes, and the raised upper lip.
As you can see this one is pretty easy to identify.
This is the most common expression of fear. Your 2 best friends are about to fall down to their untimely demise and you’re scared. You’d be senseless not to be scared. But here’s the micro-expression:
When a person experiences fear, the person’s eyebrows are raised and pushed together, the upper eyelids rise, the lower eyelids tense up and the lips stretch back to the ears.
Happiness is probably the easiest one to identify, because when a person is happy, the world outside reflects that happiness!
But here’s how to ID happiness:
Sam’s face includes crow’s feet wrinkles, which are always included in a real happy smile, as well as pushed up cheeks and movement from the muscle that orbits the eyes.
Sam’s a girl with a lot of emotions, she gets sad once in a while too…
It hurts me to do this, but I have to.
The upper eyelids start to fall, your eyes lose focus and your lips’ corners drop down slightly.
Possibly the easiest one. Carly with Sam at the dentist’s office and afterward, when Carly asks Sam and Freddie why didn’t they tell her.
Signs: the eyebrows are up, the eyes get wide, and the mouth opens in a gasp.
Remember, these expressions can appear and disappear IN LESS THAN 1 SECOND, so keep your eyes focused and ready!
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