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Facial Expressions


In a catalogue of 135 distinct gestures of face, head and body, 80 were involved in face and head gestures.


Eye to Eye


Your windows to the world can be used to convey the following:


  • Raised eyebrows and wide open eyes express astonishment
  • When eyebrows are usually down, particularly at the inner end they produce a frown
  • Eye contact while talking reflects how confident you are and while listening shows your interest in what the other person has to say.
  • Shy individuals avoid eye contact or at least try to minimize it. Studies reveal that such people could be the most honest, sincere and dedicated individuals around.
  • Gaze aversion is employed when a person is uncomfortable or guilty about a question being asked. But eye contact increases dramatically in a defensive, aggressive or hostile situation.
  • Eye contact may express adoration between lovers or be symbolic of a lull before the storm goading two hostile individuals to a fight.
  • Squinting the eyes slightly expresses the wish to for see an answer to your problem.
  • Slight blinking of the eyes shows involvement in some sort of meditation.


A Mouthful of Gestures


Do you realize that your mouth, which does lot of the talking, literally can say a lot more physically too? Here's how…


  • Smile, which does not bare your teeth, shows that you are in a reflective mood and are amused at your mussings.
  • During an upper smile the upper incisors are exposed and there is usually eye to eye contact. Such a smile is used while meeting friends or greeting parents.
  • A wide smile is associated with laughter. Both the upper and lower incisors are exposed and an eye to eye contact seldom occurs.
  • “Beware of the oblong smile”. It is used when someone has to be polite and make a pretence of, enjoying a joke of off-the-cuff remark. The lips are drawn back from the upper and lower teeth forming an oblong.
  • Friends of a successful banker in New York explain his winning smile to be the reason for his success. It secures one's good will instantly. “He who cannot smile”, says a Chinese proverb “ought not to keep a shop” A warm welcoming smile is an additional asset in a personality to gain one's confidence immediately.


Nasal Talk


Ever tried deciphering the nuances of the nose (no pun intended)? You will be surprised at the latent meanings your nasal passages want to convey.

  • Touching or slightly rubbing the nose, usually with the index finger shows you are in doubt. It can even symbolize an attempt to hide reality.
  • Pinching the bridge of the nose is accompanied with closed eyes. It communicates great thought and concern about the decision to be made. A person in self-conflict does it often.
  • Flared nostrils – are danger signals warning the person at the receiving end of the impending out burst.
  • During a negotiation if the opposer regularly touches his nose, the action signals that he is not ready for the settlement. In the course of time if the opposer stops this and moves towards the end of the chair, settlement follows.
  • People who are furious usually take short breaths and expel the air through the nostrils.
  • Highly emotional people in a sorrowful situation take deep breaths and expel air slowly making long, sighing sounds.
  • If a cigar smoker blows the smoke upwards it indicates confidence.
  • When a cluck sound is made the tongue is raised to the roof of the month and released to drop quickly. This sound is associated with a self-satisfaction gesture.
  • Hands covering the mouth while speaking is a gesture of astonishment or when someone is sorry about what one said.
  • Tugging at ear is a gesture when one wants to be a good listener.



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