Seeing facial expressions

Interesting linked story from USA-NPR. “A new study suggests that people actually don’t use (those kinds of) extreme facial expressions to judge how a person is feeling. Instead, surprisingly, people rely on body cues.”
This, of course is not a surprise to Dance Movement Therapists. 🙂 We are trained to assess peoples feelings based on among other things, their whole body.0312ILIN03-web

This story reminded me of a quote from W.B. Yeats; ““We only believe those thoughts which have been conceived not in the brain but in the whole body.”

In the context of this story I guess it would be: “We only believe those emotions expressed by the whole body and not just the face” R.B. Brunner

About RichardB

I am trained and work as a Creative Arts Therapist. I have passionately studied, worked, and taught as a hands-on practitioner of the Creative/Expressive and Healing Arts since 1983. I have integrated trainings in modalities which include Swedish Massage, Jin Shin Do, Trager Work, Hatha Yoga, Gestalt Therapy, Halprin Method, Group Creative Arts Therapy, Tai Chi, Meditation, Motional Processing, Rituals, Interfaith Celebrations, Progressive Early Childhood and Adult Education, Addiction and Recovery Services, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Dance/Movement Therapy. I currently provide Creative Arts and Counseling services to a local nonprofit agency as well as teaching local classes and workshops. I use compassion and acceptance to create an environment that is safe and nurturing for individual clients and/or groups.
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