I thought many more of the people were or could have been smiling than the test asserts. Projection is as chief a contributor to interpretation as is empirical compulsion? (Or rather, projection is a precondition to being able to be compelled empirically.)
Many or most “incorrect” answers will be validly defended; only in a couple of cases did I feel that the “correct” answer was substantially better than mine (I got nine ‘wrong’).
Pretty sure reading the whole face–especially also the mouth–goes into a diagnosis of another person’s mood just by an immobile (therefore quick?) impression.
Elias, I’m curious why you exemplify “tuned in” and “insensitive” — assuming that’s Munro and Ellis, respectively — as you do. As I understand these writers on an empathy scale, they’re pretty equally sensitive; they differ between ‘generosity’ and ‘cruelty’, say, but Ellis actually is at least close to as sensitive to others’ suffering or joy or whatever as is Munro, in my view. –“insensitive” being here a synonym not for ‘unkind’, but rather, for ‘uncomprehending’.
(This readerly understanding being outside of a consideration of artfulness. Ellis is to me a fair-to-bad writer; I don’t get why people rate him any higher on artistic grounds.)
I did way better with respect to the ostensibly female or feminine eyes. I counted about 17 in the test of which I only got three wrong. And if this means anything, I found myself deliberating less about them. My responses were more automatic. Is this some latent sexism on my part? The quiz has raised more questions than answers, dammit!
ZZZZIPP GOT 30/36 BUT 6/10 THROUGH THE EXERCISE HE BECAME EXTREMELY ANXIOUS THAT HIS NEARLY PERFECT SCORE (ONE WRONG) WOULD BE COMPROMISED BY AN UNENDING PROCESSION OF EYEBALLS (AS IF THE TEST WOULD NEVER END OR ALLOW HIM REST, EVEN THOUGH IT WASN’T TIMED)
WHY DID IT MEAN SO MUCH TO HIM
MANY OF THE ONES HE GOT WRONG HE FELT LIKE HE COULD HAVE ANSWERED CORRECTLY, IF ONLY HE HAD SPENT MORE TIME CONSIDERING THE ANSWERS (OR EVEN JUST READ ALL OF THEM)
AFTER EACH QUESTION HE ANSWERED INCORRECTLY HE COULD SEE THE EMOTION “IMMEDIATELY” IN THE EXPRESSION
UNLIKE DEADGOD HE DID NOT BELIEVE ANY OF HIS INCORRECT ANSWERS COULD BE SUCCESSFULLY ARGUED AS CORRECT
FOR REASONS THAT SEEMED TO MAKE SOME OBJECTIVE SENSE TO ZZZIPP, AS THE WRONG ANSWERS CASCADED INTO EACH OTHER (FIVE IN SEVEN OR EIGHT), HE REALIZED THAT MOST OF THE EMOTIONS HE INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED HAD TO DO WITH “DESIRE” OR “INTEREST”, MISIDENTIFIED AS “INDIFFERENCE” OR “REFLECTION”
IF ZZZIPP’S EYES WERE IN THAT LIST THE EMOTION THEY WOULD DEMONSTRATE WOULD BE “STARING INTO SPACE FROM THE SURFACE OF AN ALIEN PLANET”