The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-01-16
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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In this highly readable study, one of the great pioneers of modern science examines how people and animals display varieties of emotions via their facial expressions. British naturalist Charles Darwin — who expounded the theory of evolution by natural selection, the principle that launched a scientific revolution — based this survey on his personal observations. Most of his findings were proven by later research, and today's behavioral scientists continue to draw upon this work for both knowledge and inspiration.
A bestseller when it was first published in 1872, Darwin's inquiry addresses issues related to human origins and psychology in terms of evolutionary values. His methods include the study of facial expressions in infants and children, the insane, animals, painting and sculpture, and among people in different cultures. Also notable is the fact that this is one of the first books to employ photographs in the interests of science. Abounding in anecdotes and literary quotations, the work offers a direct approach that makes it accessible to professionals and amateurs alike — in fact, to anyone with an inquiring mind.

Author Biography

English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1809–82) attended the University of Edinburgh as a medical student, later enrolling at Christ College, Cambridge, where he earned a degree in theology. During an expedition to Africa and South America, Darwin continued his studies in natural science and began writing about his theories of natural selection. His work led to the publication of On the Origin of Species, one of the world's most important and influential books and the keystone of evolutionary thought.

Table of Contents

I. General Principles of Expression
II. General Principles of Expression continued
III. General Principles of Expression concluded
IV. Means of Expression in Animals
V. Special Expressions of Animals
VI. Special Expressions of Man: Suffering and Weeping
VII. Low Spirits, Anxiety, Grief, Dejection, Despair
VIII. Joy, High Spirits, Love, Tender Feelings, Devotion
IX. Reflection, Meditation, Ill-Temper, Sulkiness, Determination
X. Hatred and Anger
XI. Disdain, Contempt, Disgust, Guilt, Pride, etc., Helplessness, Patience, Affirmation and Negation
XII. Surprise, Astonishment, Fear, Horror
XIII. Self-Attention, Shame, Shyness, Modesty, Blushing
XIV. Concluding Remarks and Summary

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