Paul Ekman on The Takeaway

Paul Ekman on the Takeaway

Paul Ekman on the Takeaway

Listen to Paul Ekman on The Takeaway, co-produced by WNYC, PRI, New York Times, & WGBH Friday May 20, 2016:

What is the Atlas of Emotions and why did the Dalai Lama ask Dr. Paul Ekman to create it?

The Atlas of Emotions entails making us aware of the complexity of this very intimate part of ourselves. The Dalai Lama’s belief is that by introducing awareness, we introduce choice. It’s only when we’re unaware of what we’re feeling that we act without choice or consideration in sometimes regrettable ways. If we had a map of our emotions, that might help us get to a more calm state of mind.

What did you begin studying that got you on your way to render this Atlas of Emotions?

I started in the mid 60’s research on specific emotions. The focus was on what we could see and face is our best tool. We can learn more about how someone is feeling from someone’s face than an MRI.

Listen above to learn more about the vision and purpose behind the Atlas of Emotions!

Learn more about Paul Ekman’s emotion research mentioned above and his tools to know how someone is feeling here.


Paul Ekman is a well-known psychologist and co-discoverer of micro expressions. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2009. He has worked with many government agencies, domestic and abroad. Dr. Ekman has compiled over 50 years of his research to create comprehensive training tools to read the hidden emotions of those around you.

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