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Do Facial Expressions Develop before Birth?

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Fetal facial development is essential not only for postnatal bonding between parents and child, but also theoretically for the study of the origins of affect. However, how such movements become coordinated is poorly understood. 4-D ultrasound visualisation allows an objective coding of fetal facial movements.

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 Interesting study analysing specific movements of facial muscles of fetuses in the womb thanks to 4D ultrasounds.

This research has shown that specific facial muscles movements could be linked to specific emotions helping babies communicate long before the language is developed.

More research should be done but we can maybe conclude that those fetal expressions become  unconscious facial micro-movements in adults triggered by emotions  and that there are universal across cultures


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Guide to Reading Microexpressions


Intercultural Communication at Work

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In this globalised world, communicating in intercultural contexts is not as easy as it may seem…

Anne Egros‘s insight:

When you don’t understand someone’s behavior in intercultural context, ask questions, don’t guess through your own perception.

Be aware of your own cultural bias is a good start then listen to other people and notice similarities or differences on how messages are perceived and understood by making sure there is no misinterpretation either in words, voice tone or body language.

Good demonstration at the end of this article using Anglo-Dutch Translation Guide.

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Workplace Lies Cost Trillions — What Leaders Can Do About It -Forbes

Leaders reduce deception and build (or reinforce) cultures of candor when they expect people to be honest, communicate openly and upfront, align their words with their actions, and treat people nicely.

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Anne Egros‘s insight:

About Trust:

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Trust is like time, when you lose it you can’t have it back.

You can’t be half pregnant same for trust: you trust or you don’t  you can’t half trust !

Stephen M.R. Covey has written a book called : “The Speed of Trust” saying basically that trust in organizations and in any relationships “is one thing that changes everything”.

Lack of trust increases costs, destroys the economy and make you loose valuable relationships.

But its is possible to rebuild trust that can help you make decisions quicker and avoid the long pathway of mistrust with bureaucracy, endless lists of rules and checking.

Although I recommend you read the book you can watch a video about it: Stephen R Covey – The Speed of Trust video examples – JobingVideo

Cultural Intelligence is the Art of Understanding Empathy Across Cultures.

Empathy Map

I made this blog based on the findings of the original article:


Strong empathy may prevent us from doing the wrong things.
Empathy then connects with the divine energy in this person.

It is like a guided and divine hand that leads our actions.
You will suddenly know what to do or what better not to do.

Name it intuition.

Intuition is the faculty of acquiring direct knowledge or insight without thinking our way through it. You simply feel it.

Follow this intuition and you will see your way.

It is not only that we give empathy, we should understand empathy.

Anne Egros‘s insight:

Intuition? Interesting definition of empathy.

For me I explain intuition by opening all our senses to non-verbal signals send by another person.

If someone says something but has a body gesture that you interpret as the opposite, your inner radar will feel it and will trigger a reaction in your own brain : perception -> interpretation-> behavior  : in that example interpretation means this person is not trustworthy and as a consequence I won’t sign a deal with her. In psychology this is also called the ladder of inference.

Because we live in a shrinking global village, more and more people from different cultures are interacting with each other so  it is important to learn appropriate gestures and non verbal communication  to avoid conflicts or international  business negotiation failures.

How Do You Define Cultural Intelligence ? Please comment

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1-Wanted True Global Business Leaders 

2-Working across Cultures: the Challenges of Virtual Communication:

3- The Ladder of Inference-Avoiding “jumping to conclusions”

4-Empathy Peaks In Late Middle-Age (

FAKE IT UNTIL YOU BECOME IT: Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on

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Amy Cuddy on TED Talks Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. 

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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are


  • Our bodies change our minds,

  • Our minds change our behaviors

  • Our behaviors change our outcomes

Our mind influences our body and our body reacts to our thoughts by producing hormones such as testosterone and cortisol.

When you are stressed you produce high level of cortisol and your body reacts by trying to protect you, you look like a loser, you avoid eye contact, close your arms, make your body stance smaller.

When you are self-confident, your body produces testosterone and you have low-level of cortisol. You have much more presence, appear charismatic, passionate, confident, authentic, captivating.

Faking being confident  for 2 minutes by adopting a powerful body stance can trick your body to produce more testosterone and less cortisol and you actually LOOK and ARE more confident.

In real life people judge you on your body language in few seconds so in job interview situations for example it pays off to fake it until you become it

Tiny tweaks (2 minutes) can lead to BIG CHANGES

Before an important talk or meeting or job interview, for 2 min configure your brain to feel  confidence by adopting a powerful body posture.

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Facial Expressions Of Emotion Across Cultures: Are They Innate or Learned ?

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