One Face... Countless Expressions!
Smiling is Universal
In this article, I am focusing on facial expressions. But this is just a small part of nonverbal communication. We can also learn a lot from watching what a person does with hands, shoulders, arms, posture and even feet and legs. I start with facial expressions simply because these are usually the first things we notice and most people are at least vaguely aware of what expressions can mean.
Your Face Speaks Volumes
Do you believe his words or his expressions? This is not to say he is being deceptive with his words. But rather, he may not be able to verbalize the problem yet as he appears to still be trying to figure it out himself as indicated by a furrowed brow. The communication here is basically, "I don't want to talk about it right now" and further questions may lead to further irritation.
Close Your Eyes
When a person DOES want to see something or becomes excited about good news, the eyes are often opened widely. Even the eyebrows may be lifted which is a sign of positive feelings. Also, we maintain eye contact longer with those we have positive feelings toward and avoid looking at people we wish to avoid, which just makes sense. In other words, if you notice him/her looking into your eyes frequently, you can rest assured his indicates positive feelings and interest in what you have to say.
One last thing about the eyes. People blink more rapidly when they are nervous or troubled. In fact, a series of rapid eye blinks (absent a physical problem, of course) may reflect an inner struggle. An example of this would be Richard Nixon's famous "I am not a crook" speech. If you watch the video, he blinks rapidly and avoids looking into the camera.
Word of Mouth
I saw quite a good example of disappearing lips in a video of a conversation between two political opponents, who I will not name here. One of the opponents was quite vocal and loud leaving the other with little chance to interject anything. As a result, it was obvious that the other person was becoming stressed and perhaps as a way to avoid an outburst, he caused his lips to all but disappear throughout the interview. When you see this behavior in someone, it should tell you to take a time out as the person is becoming too stressed out.
Alternatively, we tend to pucker our lips during a conversation when we have something to say. Puckering (other than for a kiss, of course) can indicate disagreement as the person may be considering an alternative to what is being said. Finally, the sneer. We know what this looks like and what this means. We sneer at things we find distasteful.
A Forehead Frown?
The simple act of smiling sends a message to the brain that we are feeling good and it can actually improve your mood.
Look for the 2nd Part of this series by Psychic Heather on October 11th, 2015.
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