In , Paul Ekman, a young psychology researcher took a plane journey to one of the most remotest places on earth. Ekman in New Guinea. The isolated Fore tribes used exactly the same set of facial expressions to express emotions as every other Western and non-Western culture that Ekman and his colleagues had studied. Ekman called these the six basic emotions.
The contemptuous separation: Facial expressions of emotion and breakups in young adulthood
Scientists say this facial expression can kill a relationship | Brain Fodder
The importance of studying specific and expressed emotions after a stressful life event is well known, yet few studies have moved beyond assessing self-reported emotional responses to a romantic breakup. Of the seven expressed emotions studied, only Contempt showed a unique association with breakup-related distress over time. At baseline, greater Contempt was associated with less breakup-related distress; however, over time, greater Contempt was associated with greater breakup-related distress. In this study, we examine how discrete emotions in the form of facial expressions are associated with subjective experiences of distress following a romantic breakup. For this reason, exploring discrete emotions following a romantic breakup may provide a unique vantage point for understanding emotional coping in the wake of this stressful life event. Emotional reactions following a romantic breakup span the range of human affective experience.
Scientists say this facial expression can kill a relationship
Ekman and Friesen claimed to have discovered a facial expression, a unilateral lip curl, universally recognized as conveying contempt. Their conclusion was based on a series of labeling studies, all of which relied on one response measure—subjects choosing one label from a small, preselected list. This article reports two studies on the question of whether their result can be replicated with other response measures.
While contempt is a standalone emotion, it is often accompanied by anger , usually in a mild form such as annoyance. Feeling contempt asserts power or status. Therefore, those who are uncertain about their status may be more likely to manifest contempt to assert their superiority over others. Some examples include the potential contempt teenagers may feel towards adults, workers for their bosses, or prisoners for their guards.