What’s your “emotional intelligence”?

Look closely.

Photo by Fanny Schertzer via Wikimedia Commons

What do you suppose this dairy darling is thinking? Perhaps more to the point, how is she feeling?

Your guess is as good as mine, but I will tell you that I just scored pretty high on a quiz to determine emotional intelligence. Not that I’m bragging.


Play along …

According to The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, “Facial expressions are a universal language of emotion, instantly conveying happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and much more. Reading these expressions is essential to compassion and empathy.”

So, they came up with a quickie quiz to measure emotional intelligence.

Are you yawning … or laughing?

Photo by why 137 via Wikimedia Commons

Anyway …

Visit the quiz site and try to identify the emotion conveyed in each photo (there are 20). “Each answer will pinpoint the exact muscles involved in that emotion and explain the subtle differences between expressions,” explain the authors. “Some emotions appear more than once.”

This guy isn’t in any of the photos, but he looks pretty happy to me! What do you think?

Photo by Sam Photos8.com via Wikimedia Commons


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I just finished the quiz with 15/20 correct which brought a “not bad” score. Room for improvement but at least I am not totally out in left field! LOL!

  2. Cindi says:

    Ah yes, what are they feeling? What a fun quiz – the flip side of which is the emotional response of the quiz taker! Both of these pictures made me smile.. and both gave me a different “feeling”. I think there might be another study to be done!

  3. I think I “read” animals better than people, altho my excuse today is the painkillers I am on from the car accident earlier this week. I am so not myself. In order to dull the sharp pain enough to do anything I must be pretty groggy. I will try this quiz again in a week or so.

  4. Cindi says:

    LOL! Well, when get the first 5 out of 6 wrong, it’s time to leave the quiz! Clearly expressions are subjective hahahahaha!

  5. CJ Armstrong says:

    I used to work at a middle school and was pretty darned good at reading the kids faces! I was also pretty good at give them a look that would make them shrink, if they needed it! My daughter has the same “look” which is a great tool for a teacher.
    I did pretty good on the test . . . some of them were “either/or” I thought.

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