Become More Intuitive by Understanding Facial Expressions by Psychic Heather

Published Date 10/4/2015
Under: Life, Destiny & Meaning



One Face... Countless Expressions!

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Nonverbal communication is so much more important than most people realize. We tend to associate communication with verbal language, but so much of it involves body language. Becoming aware of what people are saying to you with facial expressions, gestures, posture, apparel choice, and even tone and volume of the voice can certainly be helpful in developing insight into other's motivations and intent. Also, since people aren't generally aware that they are communicating nonverbally, body language is often more honest than words which can be crafted to suit one's agenda. 

Smiling is Universal
Research indicates that those who can effectively read and interpret nonverbal communication enjoy greater success than those who lack these skills. Awareness of body language can also aid one in managing how others perceive what is being said. Perhaps most importantly, body language is universal. All humans tend to express emotions the same way with body language. A smile is always a smile, in other words. 

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
Imagine this: Your husband comes home from work and you ask how his day was. He says, “It was good,” or something to that effect but yet, his facial expression includes squinting and furrowing of the forehead. Also, his tone of voice is low and he doesn't seem to want to talk. 

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
Some facial expressions to be aware of include things such as what is referred to as “eye blocking.” Generally speaking, when a subject comes up that someone does not want to see, that person may block their eyes in some way. Either by placing hands over the eyes, rubbing the eyes or just turning away closing the eyes. We often do this with disturbing stories on the news or unpleasant scenes we may encounter in our daily lives. We often will turn away or close the eyes. When eyelids are tightly compressed, it often indicates a person is attempting to block out negative news. 

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
We can also tell a lot by a person's behavior with the mouth. A smile is easy to read, but other behaviors may be less obvious. For example, disappearing lips. We have all seen people who literally make their lips disappear by biting them or sucking them in between the teeth into the mouth. Disappearing lips are indicative of stress or anxiety. The person is preventing a release of emotion in most cases. 

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 forehead can also give clues into a person's mental state. Most of the time, our foreheads are relaxed. But we can actually 'frown' with our foreheads. This usually occurs when a person is anxious, sad, or concentrating intensely on a problem. 
The face can reveal a great deal of information, but facial expressions should always be compared with nonverbal communication of the rest of the body which I will discuss in my next article. 

Remember, smile!

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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