Paul Ekman


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 Compassion

By Paul Ekman | June 21, 2010

The renowned psychologist offers a lesson in emotional intelligence.


Videos and Podcasts: Darwin and the Dalai Lama, United by Compassion

By 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 & Altruism

By 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 Compassion

By 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 Compassion

By 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 Darwinian

By 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. Emotions

By Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010

Paul Ekman discusses the difference between forms of compassion and emotional states.


Articles: Global Compassion

By Paul Ekman | December 1, 2008

A conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman


Articles: Can I Trust You?

By Paul Ekman, Eve Ekman, Jason Marsh | September 1, 2008

A conversation between world-renowned psychologist Paul Ekman and his daughter Eve, with Jason Marsh.




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Book of the Week

How Pleasure Works By Paul Bloom Bloom explores a broad range of human pleasures from food to sex to religion to music. Bloom argues that human pleasure is not purely an instinctive, superficial, sensory reaction; it has a hidden depth and complexity.

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