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INTRODUCTION One of the most important ways we communicate emotions is through our facial expressions Understanding these nonverbal cues is essential for both interacting and surviving any social encounter Have you ever discussed an issue with someone whose nonverbal expression betrayed their verbal communication For example a wife who says she loves her husband while shaking her head side to side and frowning In Mark Knapp and Judith Halls book Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction the authors describe six universal emotional statesKnapp Hall 1997 These six states are surprise fear disgust anger happiness and sadness Of the six my observation will focus on anger Why is anger important A poor understanding of anger can result in pain loss destruction or even death to an unaware observer Predicting facial anger is possible through recognizing its nonverbal characteristics Dont most people tell you when their mad No always says author Bernice Kanner in her article Turning the other cheek Kanner claims only twenty-three percent of people say they openly express their anger and that twenty-three percent of adults have hit someone in a angry rageKanner 1998 Besides recognizing the warnings of others it is equally important to control your own nonverbal expressions In todays society people are quick to anger Have you ever been assaulted for accidently giving someone the wrong look Whether based on hormones or culture men and women tend to express their emotions differently A wide range of gender differences exists in nonverbal communication states author Judi Brownell in her article The gender gapBrownell 1993 The purpose of my observation is to uncover these differences if any between men and womens facial display of anger I will begin my analysis with a discussion of angers facial traits and a review of two anger related articles REVIEW OF LITERATURE
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