Facial expression is a term that we are familiar with. Facial expressions are something that we see on a daily basis from family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. Throughout the class this semester we have learned that some researchers state that there are difference in cross-cultural facial expressions. However on page 46 of our textbook it tells us that keep in mind, however, that the vast majority of studies examining the cross-cultural identification of emotion have relied on posed facial expressions in photographs. Also on page 46 of our text book it tells us that, this shows that there is universal knowledge regarding how to make one’s face look happy, sad, angry, afraid, surprised, or disgusted, and that people around the world have enough of this knowledge to decode the facial expressions of primary emotions fairly accurately or at least at levels better than chance. I strongly agree with the fact that everyone around the world can understand what one’s face is telling.
I found a picture that is a painting that would represent the many different facial expressions that individuals have and use. The painting is a painting by artist Leopold Boilly. Now thinking back to the facial expressions from smiling, happy, sad, angry, frustration and even sad we are able to read what others faces are saying. In the painting you will notice that there are several different faces being made in the painting. You can see individuals that are happy from their facial expression. Happiness can be seen on anyone’s face regardless of his or her culture. So when our textbook tells that we can understand individual’s facial expressions regardless of cross-cultural I find this to be a one hundred percent accurate. In the painting you can also see that there are individuals that are showing a facial expression of shock and you can also see individuals that are showing facial expressions of anger. Something that I disagree with is that in our textbook book on page 46 it tells us that, people also communicate emotions differently depending on the rule and norms of their culture. I do not agree with the findings in our textbook. It seems that there is one a few ways to facially represent certain facial expressions. Regardless of what individuals were raised in or what their culture is everyone knows the facial expressions represent when it comes to emotions and also what the facial expressions mean. This is clearly shown in the painting that not everyone is from the same culture and that there are individuals from different walks of life. But from the painting we can still easily tell what the facial expressions are meaning that are being portrayed in the painting.
In any manner that you look at the painting any individual will be able to understand what each facial expression is stating in the painting. So it is safe to say that the universal accuracy of understanding ones’ emotions prove to be true and well shown in the painting.
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