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How to Decode the 7 Basic Emotions


Learning how to decode the face is like having a superpower.

Knowing how to read and interpret microexpressions is an essential part of understanding nonverbal behavior and reading people.

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microexpression is a brief, involuntary facial expression that is shown on the face of humans according to the emotions that are being experienced. Unlike regular pro-longed facial expressions, it is difficult to fake a microexpression.

There are seven universal microexpressions:

  • Disgust
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Sadness
  • Happiness
  • Surprise
  • Contempt

and they often occur as fast as 1/15 to 1/25 of a second.

Identifying the microexpression is only a piece of the puzzle. We want to help you understand each of the expressions, specifically the science behind each emotion.

If you want to learn more about the emotions that influence our everyday lives, you can get our FREE guide: 

How to Read the Face

Have you ever wanted to read minds? People’s faces reveal far more about what they’re thinking than you probably realize. When you understand facial expressions, it’s like being able to hear the thoughts behind people’s words.

I will teach you everything you need to know to be able to read faces and understand people’s emotions so you’re able to communicate on a deeper, more informed level. 

Learn how to:

  • Understand the 7 emotions that influence our everyday lives 
  • Discover people’s hidden feelings
  • React to emotional warning signs

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About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a Huffington Post columnist and her courses and research has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. As a published Penguin author, Vanessa regularly speaks and appears in the media to talk about her research. She is a sought after consultant and speaker.


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