How to Read Facial Expression and Body Language: We all know that body language plays a very important role in order to understand unspoken words. Body language is a nonverbal communication, it’s a nonverbal signal which we use to communicate. Most of the time people don’t speak their heart or mind, but still, we can understand them just by noticing their body language. Nonverbal signals play a very important role in daily communication, from our facial expression to our body movements everything conveys a lot of information.
Understanding body language is must and very important because our 50 to 70 percent communication is based on body language, but it is also very essential to understand other cues and context, gestures, postures matters but so as our facial expression, voice, and tone, everything needs our attention in order to understand and read unspoken words, we need to learn to read facial expression body language tone and voice, everything conveys some sort of information, Now question arises How we can read Facial expression and Body language, what all things we should notice in order to read facial expression and body language, because many times we only focus on body language, but it is very important for us to look for a group of signals we shouldn’t make a decision based on one signal, hence it is important for you to learn and understand different context as well, such as facial expression, tone, voice etc.
Let’s understand how you can read facial expression and body language, remember never make a decision based on one signal look for group of mix signals, look for facial expression, gesture, tone, voice etc and then make a decision, in order to read facial expression and body language, you need to be focused and attentive, you need to notice things in detail, but try to notice casually otherwise others can find you weird or cheap, especially when you are dealing with the opposite sex.
Here’s what you look for in order to read facial expression and body language:
1) Facial expression
There is a saying by Ralph Waldo Emerson,” The Eyes of Man Converse as much as their tongues, with the advantage that the ocular dialect needs no dictionary, but is understood the world over.”
Facial Expressions are the least controversial of all the area of nonverbal communication, it is the most readily and easily observed gestures, we focus more on the eyes compare to any other part of the body and the expressions of eyes can convey a lot of information, eyes can speak your care love and hate, Highly dilated eyes can speak about desires whereas Rapid blinking can due to discomfort or distress.
Another feature of a face is our lips, people sometimes bite their lips, especially when they are worried/ stress or anxious or sometimes they tighten their lips, this is an indicator of distaste, disapprove or distrust. Another facial expression is our smile, a genuine smile covers the entire face, wrinkles form besides the eye when someone smiles genuinely, a fake smile is limited to the lips, it never covers the eyes or entire face, Nose flair when people is in anger or about to argue on something, or continuous touch of nose usually occurs when person is sad upset anxious or angry.
Before judging or before making any decision, always wait for multiple signals, don’t pass your judgment without understanding the entire context and body language properly and perfectly.
2) Happiness, disgust, sadness, and anger
You can understand whether a person is genuinely happy or not by noticing their smile, as I said above that genuine smile covers the entire face, genuine smile will have a corner of the mouth drawn up and back, with some teeth exposed, wrinkles will appear from the outer nose to the outer corner of the lips, if no muscles are used while smiling then understand that it’s not the genuine one, or maybe it signals sadness or anger.
How Sadness can be visible, a facial expression which shows sadness has eyebrows drawn in and up, and corner of the lips are turned down.
A facial expression which shows Anger has one corner of the mouth rising, like a sort of half smile which is actually a sneer.
A facial expression which shows disgust usually has the eyebrows downcast, but lower eyelids raised, cheeks are raised and the nose is scrunched and upper lips are also raised and curled upwards.
There are some people who hide their feelings and emotions, they smile even if they are angry or sad, but still, you can see their unspoken feelings and emotions with their facial expressions because smile and eyes never lie, don’t come to any decision unless you are not too good at understanding facial expression and body language.
3) Body language
Gestures can be the direct and the obvious ways to understand body language, waving and using fingers to indicate numerical amounts are very common and easy to understand, but there are some gestures which can be cultural and can be different from country to country, for example, A clenched fist can indicate anger in some country and in some it can convey solidarity, thumbs up and thumbs down are usually used to show approval and disapproval, “Okay” gestures have different meanings in different countries, we make Okay Gesture by touching thumb and index finger together in a circle while extending the other three fingers, this is known as Okay or alright in India, whereas in Some country’s this gesture imply that You Are Nothing and in some country this Gesture has double meaning, hence understanding gesture in different countries can be difficult, hence never come to a decision unless you don’t understand the body language from all context, V sign or gesture is taken as Victory in India where as in many other countries it is taken as an offensive meaning, hence use it carefully.
Arms and legs: Crossed arms can indicate Defensive, self-protective or close off, whereas if a person keeps hands on his hips, it shows that he is confident, he is ready to take control or it can be a sign of aggressiveness.
Clasping hands behind the back indicates that the person is bored, anxious or angry, rapidly tapping fingers on desk or fidgeting means that a person is bored or stressed or impatient or frustrated or nervous.
Closed or Crossed legs show that person is shy or nervous or need some privacy.
Postures: open and closed postures
We all know that when a person sits by taking small or less space then it means that the person is either sad, upset, unfriendly or shy it is usually known as closed postures, whereas in an open posture, the person sits taking more space indicates confidence happiness and high self-esteem.
Distance can also say a lot, whether person feel comfortable standing next to you or not, many times, people don’t realize and stand too close to someone and that makes other people uncomfortable, they may not say how they are feeling but their face and gesture will definitely say, they start moving backward or go far from you till they don’t reach their personal safe space, hence understand what distance you should maintain while talking to someone.
if someone is really close to you and comfortable with you then standing close to them by maintaining personal distance of about 1.4 to 4 feet can be ok, this distance is usually kept between family, parents, siblings, friends, and partner, there are also social, public distance which you should understand before interacting with anyone, your ignorance can make someone uncomfortable, hence don’t stand too close to someone who is not too close to you, because it can make them think negative about you, maintain healthy distance especially when you are dealing with the opposite sex.
Understanding Body language and facial expression can help you to communicate in a better way with other people, always come on a conclusion or make any decision only after understanding all contexts, take two or three signals and then form a decision, you need to take care of body language, facial expression, and tone.
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