Macro-Expressions

Macro-expressions are overt, conscious, and easily recognizable facial expressions that reflect a person’s emotional state. They are the result of voluntary muscular movements in the face and are typically larger and more exaggerated than micro-expressions.

Examples include a broad smile to indicate happiness, a furrowed brow to indicate anger or frustration, or a scowl to indicate disapproval. Macro-expressions are used in everyday communication and are an important part of nonverbal communication.

Macro-expressions can provide insight into a person’s emotional state, but they can also be controlled and manipulated to convey a certain image or hide true feelings. As a result, relying solely on macro-expressions to assess a person’s emotions can be unreliable. It is more accurate to consider macro-expressions in the context of other nonverbal cues, such as body language and tone of voice.

 

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