Our faces are capable of making thousands of different expressions, so it’s no wonder that we can misinterpret them sometimes. With these pointers, you can clue in on several of the unspoken messages of facial expressions and clear up confusion—or stir up some of your own!
Picture yourself stewing over that complicated report at work or storming out of a theater after seeing a movie with a less-than-satisfying ending. Odds are your eyebrows were furrowed. When we are frustrated, confused, or in deep thought, our brows take a dive and leave onlookers thinking, “I better stay out of his way!”
The First Date
Do you remember your first date? You might not have noticed it at the time, but your date was probably blinking more than usual. And you probably were too. Sometimes when we get nervous, our eyes flutter up a storm. If you’re trying to come off cool and calm when you’re actually nervous about something, keep close tabs on how often you’re blinking.
This look affects more than the sleepy college freshman. If you spy half-closed eyes or ones that are glazing over, you have identified “the freshman.” Eyelids that have trouble staying open most often mean that person is bored or just plain tired. It could also mean that they are simply staring down at a smartphone.
This look connotes fear or intimidation. “The fawn” is similar to the fiesta except that it includes a dropped jaw and a good deal of screaming. Inspired by the “deer in the headlights” look, “the fawn” is probably one of the most easily recognizable looks on this list.
Lying eyes are often hard to pin because the person wearing them is trying to appear as honest as possible and might be sending mixed messages because of it. To test this, look for other body language tics, such as excessive fidgeting, constant covering of the mouth, and sweating.
The signature move of “the fibber-finder” is to narrow his gaze in a squint as he subtlety investigates the situation. Like “the fibber,” “the fibber-finder” can also confuse you by disguising his look. If you see intense, squinty eyes, that person just might be hunting out some dishonesty.
This person’s eyes shine bright enough to light up a room! “The fiesta” requires attentive and glimmering eyes with no sign of sagging eyelids. If the party goes according to plan, this look should come naturally. You can find “the fiesta” anywhere people are having a good time together.
The next time you’re around a bunch of people, see how many of these looks you can find!
The content of this article is for general informational awareness purposes only. Please consult your eyecare doctor or physician for actual advice.