Why do we raise our eyebrows to greet others

When we greet others from a distance, we give them a slight head nod or we raise our eyebrows very briefly, the latter resulting in an expression known as the ‘eyebrow flash’. In an ‘eyebrow flash’, the eyebrows rise rapidly for a split second and then drop again. The purpose of the ‘eyebrow flash’ is to draw …

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Eye contact in attraction

One of the major reasons why eyes are the most revealing and accurate communication tools is pupil dilation, a phenomenon that occurs unconsciously. Following are some of the situations in which our pupils dilate: When we are in a dimly lit room, our pupils dilate so that the maximum amount of light enters the eyes and …

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Eye contact body language (Why it matters)

In this article, we’ll look at eye contact body language or how people use their eyes to communicate with each other. Eyes have been aptly described as windows to the soul for they communicate so much information that spoken words sometimes seem like an unnecessary faculty in our communication repertoire, only causing more confusion and misunderstanding. Eyes, …

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Fake smile vs real smile

Imagine how cool it would be if you were able to clearly distinguish easily between a real smile and a fake smile. You’d be able to know when someone is genuinely pleased with you and when someone wants you to think they’re genuinely pleased with you. First off we need to know what a real smile looks like so …

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Sad facial expression decoded

In this article, we’ll look at how people display the facial expression of sadness by going over different parts of the face one by one. Eyebrows The inner corners of the eyebrows are angled upward forming an inverted ‘V’ above the nose. This angling upward of the eyebrows produces wrinkles on the forehead that are …

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Fear facial expression analyzed

facial expression of fear

In this article, we’ll analyze the facial expressions of fear and surprise. We’ll look at how the different facial areas appear in these two emotions. The facial expressions of fear and surprise are very similar and, hence, often confused with each other. When you’re done with this article, you’ll not only be able to recognize …

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Facial expressions: Disgust and contempt

Eyebrows In extreme disgust, the eyebrows are lowered forming a ‘V’ above the nose and producing wrinkles on the forehead. In mild disgust, the eyebrows may only be slightly lowered or not lowered at all. Eyes Eyes are made as narrow as possible by bringing the eyelids together. In extreme disgust, it appears as if …

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What the angry facial expression looks like

angry expression

In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at the facial expression of anger. First, we’ll look at the specific facial areas involved in the angry facial expression. Then, we’ll look at some example pictures showing this expression in varying degrees. Eyebrows Eyebrows are lowered and drawn together to form a ‘V’ on the lower …

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How facial expressions are triggered and controlled

Facial expressions are triggered by conscious and unconscious interpretations of events and situations. These interpretations usually happen very quickly and instantaneously so that we only become aware of our own facial expressions once we’ve already made them. Sometimes we don’t become aware of them at all, even though they’ve been lingering on our face for quite …

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Subtle facial expressions

The types of facial expressions that most of us are familiar with are what are known as strong or full facial expressions. All of us can easily recognize when a person is feeling happy, sad, angry, afraid, etc. just by looking at their facial expression because the expressions for these emotions are full, strong, and conspicuous. …

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