When you look at this face what emotion do you see?
On May 3, I posted this photo and asked people what they saw when they looked at this expression. I also asked, “If a person did this after you asked them a question, would you think they are lying because they are covering their mouth?”
This is not a universal expression of emotion. It’s just one of many, many facial expressions we make as humans, and while it shows a negative response–that’s about all we can say. There is not enough information to determine anything else.
Some of the potentials one could simply speculate at without forming an opinion would be:
–Thought of something startling, uncomfortable, displeasing
–Tasted something displeasing or possibly burped up something unpleasant
–Saw someone do something unpleasant
–Has a feeling of disbelief over hearing some news, conversation–or seeing a behavior (theft?)
The list could on with other examples, too.
We can’t determine much from this picture other than she felt something negative until we got more information. If I saw a person reacting like this, I would simply say, “Are you okay?” and let the person provide more information.
Now, if you ask someone a question and they give you this response, I do not believe covering the hand over one’s mouth signifies lying. We cover our mouths for many reasons from shock to disbelief to surprise.
A reaction like this could also be as simple as this woman remembering she was supposed to be somewhere, and forgot–totally unrelated to anything anyone said!
While we can see an emotion or expression displayed on someone’s face, we can never be sure of why until we dig deeper.
What is your most attractive feature? What do you think is the single most important element about you that draws other people to you?
Many people will say their smile, beautiful hair, outgoing personality, and so forth. And these may initially draw someone to you, but what keeps them?
Could it be your ability to emotionally connect with others? Could that play a big role in your attractiveness?
That’s what a scientific study has revealed. Click here to read more.
It makes sense when you think about it.
People who “get us” are more appealing to us then those who don’t, but did you ever think about it concrete terms of emotionally connecting? We often think of attraction as physical not emotional.
We all have a need to relate to other people, to be accepted and the more we are able to connect with people on an emotional level, the more attractive we become.
You’ve probably encountered this before. You meet someone you consider average in looks. Then you talk to them and next thing you know you find them really good looking, when maybe an hour before you didn’t. You formed an emotional connection.
It’s fascinating, isn’t it?
Understanding emotional expressions should help you connect with more people because the sooner you can read an emotion on someone’s face — the faster you can “relate” to how they are feeling. Want to learn how to read emotions and relate to people better? Check out Renee’s training!
Now they need to do a study on relationship successes of people who can read facial expressions accurately. Do they have more successful relationships?
I suspect the answer would yes. What do you think?