Try to critique, but be realistic and avoid being excessively harsh. When attempting to express an emotion, try to imagine yourself as the character. Try to imagine their worries and sentiments while immersing yourself in the narrative. Although it may appear little obsessive, most performers employ this method. It may help if you can see your character's point of view, rather than only your own.
Some actors use technique or learn to interpret cues from others to convey emotions. For example, an actor could study different facial expressions and mimic them on stage to represent different people. Or they might use props or costumes to indicate what feeling they are trying to convey.
Actors also have great freedom in choosing how they want to express themselves on stage. They can move around, speak up loud or not, gesture freely... The possibilities are many!
Finally, some actors like to think that making faces is part of their job!
Instilling Emotion in the Reader
5 Techniques for Evoking Emotions in Your Screenplay
7 Techniques for Making Your Readers Feel the Way You Want Them to Feel
Give a character feeling. Describe your feelings. Discuss why they are feeling this way. Discuss why people have difficulty expressing their emotions. Discuss how they plan to deal with it (in a healthy way).
These are just some of the ways characters express themselves emotionally. As writers, we must be aware that our characters are feeling something even if they don't say so. We can learn about them by asking questions such as "What is this character feeling?" and "Why is he/she feeling this way?". Only then can we write believable characters.
As writers, we need to know how to express ourselves emotionally as well. We can do this by writing descriptions of feelings, discussing reasons someone might feel a certain way, and so on.
The more we know about how characters feel and what makes them tick, the better writers we will be.
Instead of getting locked in the character's mind "telling" what they feel, demonstrate the character's genuine sentiments in action. Emotion is largely sensed in the body and has a significant physical component. Emotions should be "shown" through the character's interactions and reactions to conflict. For example, if a character is angry, they would probably respond differently to an insult than they would if they were happy.
The more we understand about human emotion, the better we can communicate it on screen. There are two main types: natural and induced. Natural emotions are spontaneous responses to something that affects us physically or emotionally. Induced emotions are controlled by our thoughts or by someone else's actions. For example, if someone makes a rude gesture toward you, you might get angry; if you think about something terrible that happened last week at work, you might feel sad. Both natural and induced emotions have effects on the body and can therefore be demonstrated through physical behavior like facial expressions or posture.
It's not enough to tell with words or text that someone is feeling anger, fear, or sadness - we need to see it on their face. The same goes for demonstrating other emotions like happiness or surprise. The more accurately we show these emotions, the more effectively we convey them to the reader/viewer.
In writing stories, we often want to express how characters feel.