Paul Ekman, Ph.D., is the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. He is the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Emotional Awareness, a conversation between himself and the Dalai Lama (reviewed on page 46). He is also a member of Greater Good’s editorial board.
Stories by Paul Ekman
Articles: Are Facial Expressions Universal?By Paul Ekman, Dacher Keltner | March 12, 2014
Charles Darwin argued that we can detect someone’s emotional state by looking at her face. Does new research prove him wrong?
Articles: Paul Ekman’s Taxonomy of CompassionBy Paul Ekman | June 21, 2010
The renowned psychologist offers a lesson in emotional intelligence.
Videos and Podcasts: Darwin and the Dalai Lama, United by CompassionBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman reveals the link between Darwin’s and the Dalai Lama’s views on compassion.
Videos and Podcasts: Heroic Compassion & AltruismBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman explores how and why certain people help others even when it puts themselves at risk.
Videos and Podcasts: Global CompassionBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman discusses the importance of extending compassion to people of different nations, and even to all living beings.
Videos and Podcasts: The Roots of Empathy and CompassionBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman describes the building blocks of empathy and compassion: emotion recognition, emotional resonance, and familial compassion.
Videos and Podcasts: The Dalai Lama is a DarwinianBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman explains that Darwin and the Dalai Lama share a similar view on humanity’s highest moral virtue: to extend compassion to “all sentient beings.”
Videos and Podcasts: Compassion vs. EmotionsBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman discusses the difference between forms of compassion and emotional states.
Articles: Global CompassionBy Paul Ekman | December 1, 2008
A conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
We all have a deep-seated drive to feel in control. But taking it too far can make you miserable.
According to a new study, forgiving your partner may backfire if they have a certain personality type.
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