Knowing Our Emotions, Improving Our World
Listen in on a Wired to Connect audio conversation between Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, and Paul Ekman, psychologist and co-developer of the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). For those seeking to develop their emotional intelligence Paul Ekman provides tools useful in any situation. Learn how:
- Disturbing emotions can be used constructively
- All emotions, including hidden ones, have their own distinct facial marker
- With practice we can discern the truthfulness and intent of others
- We can free ourselves from the grip of regrettable emotional episodes
Research into facial expression and emotion reveals two startling facts: people cannot conceal their emotions, nor can they fabricate genuine emotions. Minute facial movements and gestures reveal true feelings and intent - regardless of efforts to conceal them. Learning the connection between the face and the emotions can better our lives by giving us the ability to recognize our own emotions before they overwhelm our better judgment. Goleman and Ekman discuss the fascinating science of the Facial Action Coding System, and how we can use it to harness our emotions constructively.
About the Speakers
Paul Ekman was a professor of psychology for 32 years in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. Ekman's early studies focused on hand movements and gestures and cross cultural studies in nonverbal behavior. He developed the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) with W. Friesen in 1978. It remains the premier system for identifying any facial movement. In recent years, Dr. Ekman has focused on exploring the motivation behind concealing emotions and interpersonal deception.
Daniel Goleman, psychologist and bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, is a sought-after spearker for professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. For many years, Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times. He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers.