Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader and volunteers with the elderly playing her designed The Write Word Game. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Author: Dan Hill
Publisher: Sensory Logic Books
“Facial coding provides
a strong, viable opportunity to gauge others through the actions
evident on their faces, and on-going usage will make the tool even
sharper in your own hands,” Dan Hill writes in his book, Famous
Faces Decoded: A Guidebook to Reading Others.
This 215-page paperback targets those interested in celebrities and how their facial expressions show their emotions. After several pages of review accolades, a table of contents, and introduction, the book is divided into three parts, followed by an epilogue.
While covering a myriad of
well-known personalities who include actors, athletes, politicians,
musicians, and more, the book dissects seven core emotions of
celebrities using facial coding. The first section approaches anger,
happiness, and sadness while the second part spurns contempt and
disgust; the final part covers reactive emotions such as surprise and
fear. The first two parts include flash portraits of family, romance,
and parallel careers, and the book ends with a chapter on lying, a
chart of emotions, comprehensive results, notes and sources,
celebrity index, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and
With 23 facial muscle movements, we each reveal consciously and unconsciously our emotional reactions. I like that the author has done extensive research to find out the emotional why, what, and how of 173 famous individuals. I enjoyed perusing the top ten celebrity lists of the most and least of these emotions and how others perceived the individuals compared to their actual behavior or rare showings. I found the four forms of the seven emotions engaging, while the portrait comparisons intriguing.
Those who do not care about the emotions of famous faces will not be interested in this book as it segregates celebrities into different lists. Some may not like that there are no celebrity photographs or facial charts of them showing emotions. Others may feel several of the examples of the same woman’s features overlap and look identical. I found book’s theme contains more of the celebrities’ actions and words, not their facial movements. Thus anyone could come to the same conclusion of their emotional status without using facial coding.
I feel the book could be titled Famous People’s Emotions Decoded as there is little reference to actual facial muscles of the celebrities. Instead, it includes an abundance of quotes or stories about them.
If you are looking for a
book that categorizes the emotions of many well-known people into
different groups and also has pictures of one woman’s different
emotional facial features as tell-all examples, this may be a decent
read, but I kept waiting to see portrayed the glint in the eye of a
shady politician, a pouted frown of a talented musician, or raised
eyebrows of a favorite actor.
Thank you to Bookpleasures and the author for this complimentary book I am under no obligation to review.