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What Are The Disadvantages And Advantages Of Facial Expressions?

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According to most social psychologists, two thirds of all communication is nonverbal – that’s body language, eye contact and facial expressions.

From this, it’s safe to assume that facial expressions are pretty important. They do, however, have their disadvantages!

Advantages of Facial Expressions
  • Can indicate sarcasm
  • Good for communicating silently
  • Can indicate hostility or friendliness
  • Can alter the meaning of what is said
  • Good for flirting
Unfortunately, we can’t always control our facial expressions – I’m sure everybody has smirked when they shouldn’t or raised an eyebrow without realizing!

Disadvantages of Facial Expressions
  • Showing surprise or disgust when it’s not polite to do so
  • Can offend people who misinterpret the expression – for example, mistaking a friendly grin for a sarcastic smile
  • Can betray what you’re really thinking and make it obvious that you’re lying to be polite
  • Can show nervousness and vulnerability
Whatever the advantages and disadvantages of facial expressions are, there’s no escaping them – they’re usually involuntary or automatic anyway!
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Anonymous answered
The disadvantage is some people can tell when you are lying by the expression on your face.

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