January 30, 2024

EP. 199 — How To Read People with Annie Särnblad

Jameela is joined by author & anthropologist Annie Särnblad – known as the human lie detector – who has built her career starting in anthropology and corporate strategy to being Facial Action Coding System (FACS) certified, meaning she can decode 10,000 muscle combinations in human expression. Annie and Jameela talk about top micro expressions to spot in in the workplace and with family (and even in the dating scene), how we can adjust our own behavior and improve the outcome of a conversation or negotiation, and how to look for subtle ‘leakages’ of emotion for spotting gaslighting and navigating the complex world of human interaction.


You can find more about Annie via her IG @annie.sarnblad and her website anniesarnblad.com


Diary of a Human Lie Detector: Facial Expressions in Love, Lust, and Lies

The Facial Expressions Glossary: Business Version

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  Jameela Intro Hello and welcome to I Weigh with Jameela Jamila, a podcast against shame. I’m gonna make this brief because I, like everyone else, have had a chest infection for what feels like about 400,000 years, and it’s just making my voice too sexy, as you can hear. And I just don’t think that’s fair for other podcasters out there, so you know, I love to be fair. Okay, my guest this week is Annie Särnblad, and she is known as the Human Lie Detector, which I think is one of the coolest and most interesting and scary job titles I’ve ever heard of. She has spent her life learning every single micro expression. I’m talking about the ones that happen within 1/25 of a second. She can spot all of them and know if someone is bullshitting her. She can read so much about every emotion someone’s having just by the tiny little expressions in their face, the tiny curls of their lips, or the tiny snarl that they may have. Things that most of us d

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