Micro-expressions in other cultures

17-3-2014.Did you know that micro-expressions are part of our DNA?

Observing body language in different cultures, we can come to a conclusion that the same ‘’gesture’’ can have a different meaning depending on which region are we. For example, nodding and turning your head ‘’right and left’’ in Serbia means ‘’yes’’ and ‘’no’, whereas in Bulgaria it means the opposite. Showing different fingers on our hands can also have different meaning in different cultures. And so on.

But, what about micro-expressions? There were researches done with sandblind persons and blind persons (from birth), and they have shown that their emotions were in direct connection to their face expressions which were identical with emotions and face expressions of persons without any sight demage. Japanese people are believed to be a nation which doesn’t express much emotions. Based on our research, work and results we established, this is a complete misstatement and a predjuse based on their non-verbal communication. Japanese people have absolutely identical facial expressions as all the other nations, and they are (as well) trying to hide their true micro-expressions by subtle movements and a smile. For somebody who is familiar with this subject it’s easy to notice that during this movements the same muscles are involved. This is the best proof that the way we communicate through our face, it’s actually a part of our nature and human DNA.

If we realize the importance of micro-expressions and use it in the right way, we can bring our communication to a whole new level.