So the fact that I didn't watch any TV for about a year now means with all this free time on my hands I've caught up on a ridiculous amount of TV. Anyway a new show I'd never seen before is Lie to Me. It's actually good because it's different, this guy can study emotions and can tell when people are lying. The good thing about the programme is always why the people are lying. The second series isn't as good as the first but it has some highlights. Nevertheless I did some research because in the show they say how the main character studied this for years. Now I don't claim to be some lying expert but I can pretty much read people the first time I meet them and get it totally right. So I wonder how much of studying emotions for years is actually true. Anyway the show is based on the works of Paul Ekman who was a psychologist and trusty(ahem) old wiki has some info here, I'll pull out some good bits.
"Ekman showed that contrary to the belief of some anthropologists including Margaret Mead, facial expressions of emotion are not culturally determined, but universal across human cultures and thus biological in origin."
I think it's really interesting that you can tell when people are lying and I think it's true that all these expressions are universal. I'm no lie expert but I can usually tell when someone is lying but that's just based on instinct.
"Ekman devised a list of basic emotions from cross-cultural research on the Fore tribesmen of Papua New Guinea. He observed that members of an isolated culture could reliably identify the expressions of emotion in photographs of people from cultures with which the Fore were not yet familiar. They could also ascribe facial expressions to descriptions of situations. On this evidence, he concluded that the expressions associated with some emotions were basic or biologically universal to all humans. The following is Ekman's (1972) list of basic emotions: Anger Disgust Fear Happiness Sadness Surprise"
When I read it, it actually seems totally obvious. Anyway that's just me taking an interest in the show and of facial expressions. Reading someone and being able to tell if they're lying are totally different to me. I'm really good at the first one and okay with the second one. My only problem is because I know what facial expressions portray to other people I use this to manipulate people into what I'm actually not feeling. I don't do it to be cruel it's just a defence thing because I don't like to show how I really feel. So it makes me think can be not be smart enough to disguise their emotions. Obviously on the show it needs to be obvious to get the point across but neverthelessmost people are good liars because they know what's expected of them.
There is an episode in season 2 regarding a psychopath and another regarding a professional liar and they're really good examples of how this technique may falter.
Anyway just wanted to do a post on this, check out the show if you're interested!
Soooo this leather jacket that I got about last year is now a studded leather jacket. It's one of the things I had to do over summer and well it only took an hour but whatever, I'm proud. The only compliment I've got is "Well it looks good for something you did in the dark" LOL I actually thought for a second I was getting complimented then I realised. Anywhere here are some crackberry photos.
so another blog i follow on tumblr is fuckyeahnailart I'm not a big fan of having my nails done because I can't do shit loads of things but they always look pretty on other people! So I love to admire from afar. Most of them are false nails but you come across nail art on real nails as well. So here are some pretty ones I've been admiring.
I came across these pictures of Daul Kim in my folders and :( makes me so sad to think of her, I don't think she was amazing (sorry I don't feel bad for talking "ill" of the dead) but I just know how she must have felt. Her being 20 is so close to my age as well and :( I also had this tumblr post saved for ages so I thought I'd put them together:
'Daul Kim was discovered hanged in her apartment in Paris on 19 November 2009 at the age of 20. The Paris prosecutor’s office ruled her death as a probable suicide. Kim had suffered from depression and frustration for a long time, and had voiced her frustrations in her own weblog and in her paintings. As far back as 2007 she had left often violent posts of self angst related to self-mutilation and suicide and, exhausted in April 2007, had posted “I am going to smash my face… My life as daul was so miserable and lonely. Please join my loneliness in another world. I love you all. Daul.” She then added. “KIDDING. I’m fine. Just tired.” She had also described suffering from insomnia and had admitted that she liked to torture herself. In October 2009 during New York Fashion Week she left a post on her blog describing herself as “mad depressed and overworked.” She became the ninth South Korean celebrity to commit suicide in 2009. Daul’s last post included a song titled “I Go Deep” by Jim Rivers. The post was titled “Say Hi to Forever” and under, Kim wrote “best track forever.'