The secret language of Micro-expressions
One of my clients who is a lawyer told me that he was concerned that he was losing business because he had been told in confidence that his Linkedin profile pic made him look like an axe murderer, but they couldn't tell him precisely what it was about the photo that made him look evil.
We analysed his profile pic and sure enough there it was.
His eyebrows were displaying a subtle expression normally associated with terrorists or people about to commit a violent crime.
"Why did you pull that expression when someone took your photo?" I asked.
"Well i'm not sure. I thought it made me look distinguished."
He was wrong and the amazing thing is that I hear these sorts of comments from many clients regularly.
We do not get schooled in how to pose for a photograph and can accidentally display some very subtle but negative micro-expressions on our face which are captured forever in a photograph or worse still used as a profile pic or photo on a CV or ID.
I analysed 300 profile pics on Linkedin and Facebook and found that 70% of people are displaying a range of negative micro-expressions on their faces.
I found everything ranging from fear, anger, disgust and violent intent!
The unfortunate thing about micro-expressions is that if you are not trained in reading micro-expressions you will not see these negative signals in your photo but everyone else will detect them on a subconscious level.
They will not know why, but for some reason they just will not like you, not trust you, not want to employ you and certainly not want to go out on a date with you!
Contact me for a FREE profile pic analysis!
New clients often say they feel like we've met before, that I have a friendly face. All because of a picture.
So there you are, or rather, there your digital image is, staring unblinkingly into cyberspace hoping to give the real you justice, authenticity and to inspire confidence or at least to attract some attention to your work, to your talents and abilities, to you.
However, get it wrong and you may glare out menacingly to your world of potentiality and scare off new contacts with what you thought was a confident expression but one which is read by the unconscious mind of the viewer as utter contempt.
Contempt is a common accidental Micro-expression I see on profile pictures, with the sour faced pout running a swift second.
Your world went digital almost without you noticing.
Gone are the days of the formal letterhead with the list of faceless partners in tiny type listed discretely down one side, tucking you away quietly in your corner, with clients not knowing whether you were friendly, sincere, professional, approachable, good-looking or good-humoured.
The Selfie is a killer!
The dangers of the selfie are hopefully apparent. We are woefully inadequate in arranging our face to present it in its best possible light and able to co-ordinate camera angle, focus and lighting all at the same time.
Another thing is, you do not know your own face as well as you think. No, you don't. An expression you think looks hot is very probably not!
The majority of selfie pics display negative Micro-expressions, it's just the nature of the beast. Avoid at all costs!
Perhaps you are thinking "A professional photographer took my photo so it must be good."
In my experience as an analyst most photographers are skilled at using their camera but have very little idea about Micro-expressions.
I have found that only the photographers at top of the profession are skilled in Micro-expressions (which is probably why they are at the top).
What to do?
Have an expert Micro-expression analyst take a look at your photo.
If you would like me to do a FREE analysis of your profile pic simply contact me via Linkedin or Facebook or email info@Hiprocom.com and I would be happy to help.
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Brit KS Whittaker DAM