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If you want to understand others deeply, do not dwell only on the words that are said to you. Rather, observe the body language of your interlocutor and the expressions that life has carved on their face. They may surprise you.

The Facial Action Coding System (called in acronym FACS) is a system for classifying the movements of the face, as they appear in the human face. 

The muscular movements of the human face, as we read them now in the Facial Action Coding System, were decoded by Paul Ekman and Wallace V. Friesen in 1978, with an update of the same and Joseph C. Hager later in 2002. I have studied this technique at Neuro Com Science following the teaching of Jasna Legiša, a very renowned professional in the international field of the research and investigation.

The Facial Action Coding System (FACS) technique is used to identify the internal and emotional state of the person through the analysis of facial micro-expressions. In other words, the analysis of the micro-movements that the human face can produce gives indications on the subject’s hidden thoughts and emotions. Knowing them can help us understand each other better and identify inconsistencies.

The FACS technique is used by attributing a combination of codes corresponding to certain facial micro-movements (called Action Units) performed by the person. 

The same mechanism occurs with the decoding of some body movements (Body Coding System) that are broken down and analyzed in order to identify emotions not expressed verbally. These techniques, which make use of international codes used professionally, serve several purposes.

In companies they are a valuable tool for personnel selection, working in synergy with Human Resources, asking specific questions to the candidate and reading the reactions; in the investigative field they can help to unmask inconsistencies; in marketing they can help identify the tastes of potential customers; within the coaching field it helps to establish a deep understanding between coach and client, as a way to support the client to identify unspoken emotions.