How Well Do You Read Other People?

Facial expressions are a universal language of emotion, instantly conveying happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and much more. Reading these expressions is essential to compassion and empathy.

Take this short quiz to measure your emotional intelligence. Try to identify the emotion conveyed in each of the 20 photos. Each answer will pinpoint the exact muscles involved in that emotion and explain the subtle differences between expressions, drawing on pioneering research by psychologists Paul Ekman and Dacher Keltner. Some emotions appear more than once.

The  quiz was developed by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

Take the quiz

Some of these are easy but in other cases I really couldn’t tell which of the four emotions was being expressed. I was able to narrow it down to a choice between two (embarrassment or shame, compassion or interest) and guessed from there.
I ended up with a score of 75%.

Your Score: 15/20

Not bad. Your score means you’re better than the average at reading expressions. 

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