Deception Tips Video 28 – Micro Expressions

Hey guys, my name is Spencer Coffman, thank you for watching the deception tips videos. They’re all about teaching you how to read people and detect deception so that you will be able to tell if someone is lying to you.

Today, we’re going to talk about a cool thing, this is a facial feature that you can see with training. Very few people can naturally see them, they’re very difficult to see but through all of this, through these videos, through practice and watching yourself in the mirror, becoming more aware of your own body and how you are expressing things, you will be able to see them with a lot more training.

They are micro expressions, they happen in less than a second, they are very, very quick, some of them even a quarter of a second. They’re very, very difficult for you to see it’s more like a twitch or a muscle spasm or something that is very slight. So here it is, this is deception tip number 28, truthful facial expressions of emotion are micro expressions and appear for less than a second, they are unconscious and symmetrical.

So, they are unconscious which means they happen right away, they’re super quick, they’re instant, people are not consciously thinking about them. Sort of like a smile that’s fake, you consciously put that on your face, it’s not natural it’s something that is thought about and then done. Whereas these are micro expressions, they are unconscious, they are natural, and they happen in an instant.

They’re very, very quick and they happen so fast that unless you are really paying attention to them or unless you’re really watching the face, you can’t see them. Sometimes it’s even more difficult like if you’re having a conversation with someone, you are focused on the conversation and watching their face, you may miss them even there. So, usually when you’re trying to watch for micro expressions it would be best to have someone else ask the questions or someone else watch the person. Then, you would be able to focus only on their face and on their body and on what they’re doing to watch for those micro expressions because they are very difficult to see.

Even with training, they are tough to see because they happen so very quick and there are so many different muscles in the face and so many different tendons and ligaments and things that go together. When something happens, it could happen in multiple different places and it could also have multiple different meanings. Depending on what other behaviors go with that one, what other clusters or what other patterns, body language signs, the speech that goes with it, they could all have different meanings or different potential meanings with that.

So, this is something that if you’re interested in micro expressions, you want to dive deeper into it, you need to get some micro expression training and practice on yourself. Also, watch some videos, look up pictures of micro-expressions so you can see them and get to know what they look like because the benefit is, they are 100% universal. That means they are the same on all humans, all races, ethnicity, no matter what language they’re speaking etc. they will be universal.

So, surprise on someone who is black, white, Chinese, Japanese, anything will all be the same as each other there will be no difference. Same with emotional expressions of fear, anger, disgust, all of these things will be the same. Now, what’s important is each of these expressions can play a big role in lying and deceptive behavior. So, micro expressions are something that is worth taking the time to get to learn and know and see because they will help you out in a lot more than just detecting deception.

You can also see it in all different types of emotions because micro expressions are universal just like all this other body language that you’re learning it’s all Universal. It happens across everybody but there are many different meanings and that is why you look for patterns and clusters of behavior.

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