The Naked Face

Addresses Malcolm Gladwell’s article the Naked Face on experiments in addressing emotions through facial expressions.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s article “The Naked Face” (New Yorker: August 5, 2002), the author discusses the results taken from years of study of facial expressions and how facial expressions help reveal the true purpose of an individual. Gladwell suggests that these findings indicate that all human beings share similar facial expressions and that if these expressions can be understood, then this understanding has potential benefits for all aspects of society, from psychology to law enforcement. This paper investigates two subjects and their facial expressions as they recount stories with emotional content in order to address the veracity of Gladwell’s article.