Head Signals and Face Signals
When we are interacting with somebody, it is mostly their head and face that we can most easily observe. We can look at the various signs they give out, even without making an attempt at it.
That is the reason why it is so important to understand what a person’s head and face say when they are interacting with us.
We are going to understand what a person’s head and face can tell us about what’s going on in their mind.
This is a very essential part of speed-reading, because you do not really need time to understand what goes on in someone’s mind when they are talking with you.
There are six facial basic expressions that are universally recognized. This means that no matter what country or race a person belongs to, he naturally recognizes and understands what these expressions mean, and these are:
Happiness, sadness or sorrow, disgust, anger, surprise and fear. Scientists theorize that understanding these expressions is a genetic, rather than learned, ability that every person has.
Beyond these six expressions, the face and the head can convey many other meanings and emotions. Anyone can learn about their meanings through careful study and patient observation of the people they meet or come in contact with. This is exactly how experts in body language learn to “read a person” without the need for words or verbal communication.
The head can provide very helpful hints that indicate a person’s inner emotions and thoughts. First, where the head is directed also determines the general direction of the entire body. The head can be directed forward, turned to the left or right, or backward. All these have certain meanings. In addition, head movements such as nodding also give off specific signals useful in interpreting body talk.
Head Signals… What Do They Mean?
Here are a few examples of head movements and their meanings:-
⦁ Head nodding generally means agreement. Slow head nodding can mean attentive listening, but it can be faked by a person who nods out of politeness but is not really interested in the topic.
If the eyes also appear interested, then the slow head nodding is probably not faked. Fast nodding, meanwhile, can mean impatience, as if the person is saying, “Hurry up!” In a conversation, fast nodding tells the speaker that he has already covered the topic enough and that he should move on to his next point.
⦁ Head shaking is the opposite of nodding, and it indicates disagreement. The sideways movement of the head can also mean disbelief, frustration, and annoyance.
⦁ A head that is held up indicates alertness, and at times, neutrality or objectivity. The person is listening openly, without any bias.
⦁ A head that is held up high in the air indicates arrogance or superiority. This is reinforced by a chin that juts out.
⦁ When the head is tilted to one side, this can mean thoughtfulness and interest. In some cases, it also indicates submission, vulnerability, or complete trust and faith in the other person.
Face Signals… What Do They Mean?
Here are some examples of facial expressions and what they usually mean:-
⦁ A smile generally indicates friendliness and cordiality. But there are many kinds of smiles. The pasted or fake smile can be easily recognized because the eyes do not convey any warmth. This smile is also put on longer than what’s natural.
A tight-lipped smile indicates concealed, secret feelings. The mouth is stretched in a straight line, with no teeth showing. It is as if the person is saying, “I don’t like or trust you” and “I’m keeping something from you.” The twisted smile is yet another kind of smile, one that usually indicates sarcasm.
⦁ Pursed lips often mean that the person is upset, anxious, impatient, or is highly focused on something that occupies his mind.
⦁ Biting the lips can denote tension. The person is stressed or anxious.
⦁ The lower lip jutting out means that the person is upset.