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01 Jun 2021, 1:43 pm

The Telegraph: "Autistic people can read most emotions in facial expressions – except anger"

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People with autism are able to identify most emotions via facial expressions but struggle to spot signs of anger, a study has found.


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01 Jun 2021, 1:51 pm

Strange.


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01 Jun 2021, 2:34 pm

I'm good at reading facial expressions, particularly anger.


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01 Jun 2021, 2:41 pm

That is... 100% the opposite of my experience. Anger is the only emotion I can reliably see.


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01 Jun 2021, 3:54 pm

I am hyperalert to anger. I think that has to do with childhood abuse, though, not autism. One learns to monitor the abuser real carefully. :D

I took a computer course on microexpressions; these are the ones you can't control and last only milliseconds. I was a total failure on that.


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01 Jun 2021, 8:41 pm

Small sample size, research not replicated elsewhere. I wouldn't make too much of this one study.


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02 Jun 2021, 10:04 am

I have no idea whether or not the study got it right...but I'll toss out a question:

Those of you who say you are good at detecting anger, do you do it based solely upon facial expression?

When I was diagnosed the psychologist showed me some pictures and asked me what the individual's emotion was. I told her I would have to hear the noises they were making.


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02 Jun 2021, 10:38 am

Double Retired wrote:
I have no idea whether or not the study got it right...but I'll toss out a question:

Those of you who say you are good at detecting anger, do you do it based solely upon facial expression?

When I was diagnosed the psychologist showed me some pictures and asked me what the individual's emotion was. I told her I would have to hear the noises they were making.


I don't really know, as it's not 100% conscious with me.


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02 Jun 2021, 12:38 pm

I can recognise emotions in peoples faces except I'm generally not looking at their faces because that's extremely uncomfortable to do.

Interesting that anger would be a block though.



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02 Jun 2021, 3:38 pm

Double Retired wrote:
I have no idea whether or not the study got it right...but I'll toss out a question:

Those of you who say you are good at detecting anger, do you do it based solely upon facial expression?

When I was diagnosed the psychologist showed me some pictures and asked me what the individual's emotion was. I told her I would have to hear the noises they were making.


I see the redness and the intensification of eye-contact (as opposed to embarassment, where eye-contact decreases.) I have a strong aversion to eye-contact, but hostile glares like that flip me over into glaring right back, like I detect it as a direct threat and can't help but fight back. And the eyebrow shape is more distinctive than in most emotions. Of course, there are always other signs- I have never taken part in this experiment. But it's still the emotion I'm most confident of recognising before they've said a single word.


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02 Jun 2021, 3:59 pm

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02 Jun 2021, 4:17 pm

I can pick up the energy vibes from anger.

I don't look at faces so I wouldn't have a clue what any expression is telling me.



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02 Jun 2021, 4:21 pm

I can read cartoon emotions because they are exaggerated and unambiguous in their intent. I find most humans are conflicted in their emotions and there always seems to be an attempt to disguise the emotion to some degree unless it reaches the point where they laugh, cry, bang their fist down hard on the table or whatever. You could smile at an offensive joke in such a way that it becomes a grimace because you're not sure if it would be appropriate to laugh or not, for example. People try hard not to cry because they would be embarrassed, so they may look half angry half sad. That makes it hard for me to read.



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02 Jun 2021, 4:43 pm

"So . . . you are sad-mad“ Scene


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02 Jun 2021, 4:56 pm

This is how I look when I'm happy


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