Accurate Body Language Facial Cues for Sadness:


Can you tell a face of genuine SADNESS?  
Look for these body language facial cues:

Overall loss in facial muscle, body gestures, and posture.

Forehead: horizontal lines across

Inner corners of eyebrows:  Raised, upward into inverted V with vertical line in-between

Eyelids: triangulate with raised upper eyelids’ interior corners + drooping exterior corners.  Lower eyelids may appear raised

Eyes:  Downward narrower eyes in a near squint.

Cheeks:  Raised. Nasolabial Furrow downward corners of lips.

Mouth / Lips:  mouth dropped open, corners of lips are drawn downward and may tremble.

Chin:  Tip of chin (the Mentalis muscle) may wrinkle, get pushed upward, and tremble or quiver.

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Image Source:

Ekman, P. (2003).  Emotions revealed, second edition: Recognizing faces and feelings to improve communication and emotional life (2nd Ed.).  New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

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