5. Sideways glance
This eye movement primarily indicates that the person is uncertain about something or looking for more information about a specific topic. Author Vanessa Van Edwards explains “If someone is sideways glancing and also has a furrowed brow, it can indicate suspicion or critical feelings. A sideways glance with eyebrows up, on the other hand, usually indicates interest or is a sign of courtship.”
6. Looking down at nose
When a person looks down at their nose while talking to you, then it means that the person believes they are better and superior to you. This denotes that the person is treating you with disrespect. Vanessa adds “If someone lifts their head and looks down their nose at you, it usually means they feel superior.”
7. Darting eyes
If the eyes of a person darts from side to side then it denotes that they are not comfortable and mentally planning to escape the situation. Darting eyes can also mean feeling insecure in a situation. If you notice someone exhibiting such behavior while conversing, then it means either they are bored or they feel insecure in the conversation.
“Darting eyes always mean the person feels insecure. They often are looking for escape routes from talking to you,” writes Vanessa.
8. Persistent eye contact
Another way to learn how to read eyes is to understand the principles of eye contact. Constant eye contact is a sign of intimidation. It is often made to study the other person and make them feel uncomfortable. Persistent eye contact between humans and non-humans is also considered as an indication of threat and defense. Such eye behavior can also be an effort to deceive someone as it can also be a sign of over-awareness and lying.
9. Evasive eye contact
This is a sign of discomfort. When a person is trying to avoid looking at you then they may either be hiding something, feeling ashamed or guilty, being dishonest or trying to deceive you. They may also be afraid of you or dislike you which is why they avoid eye contact.
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Apart from our instinctive need, blinking can often be influenced by our thoughts and emotions regarding the person we are interacting with. The blink rate can change subconsciously depending on who we are talking with. If someone blinks over 6-10 in a minute on average while talking to you, then it can denote that the person is attracted to you.
Apart from this, our blink rate can increase when we are stressed or engaged in overthinking. This can also be an indication of lying. However, a single random blink can also denote surprise.
In most cultures across the world, winking is considered to be a form of playful flirting. Winking can also denote that you are teasing or joking with someone as well and is usually a friendly gesture. However, few Asian cultures do not approve of this eye gesture.
12. Damp eyes
Dampness in the eyes can indicate emotional pain, feeling overwhelmed and suppressed emotions like sadness, fear and anxiety. It may also denote that the individual is coping with something mentally and emotionally traumatizing and has cried recently. Damp eyes may also be a sign of exhaustion. This is a subtle gesture that you need to understand when learning how to read eyes.
This occurs when we are focused on something or someone with minimal blinking. By giving prolonged attention to the subject, we denote our interest in it. We may stare with different intentions like deception, affection and even aggression. Contrarily, prolonged eye contact may also signify absent-mindedness. When we are lost in deep thought our sight may be fixated on something. In this case, our eyes are defocused and the object of the stare is irrelevant. On the other hand, a short stare may indicate surprise.
“Staring directly into someone’s eyes causes an arousal reaction,” explains Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., professor of leadership and organizational psychology at Claremont McKenna College. He adds “How that arousal is interpreted, however, depends on the parties involved and the circumstances. Being stared at by a stranger who appears large or ominous can be seen as a threat and elicit a fear response.”
Reading eyes to understand others
Knowing how to read eyes can be very advantageous for all of us. Eye cues can be an exceptional tool for us to read and understand someone to know if that person is a friend or foe. “The eyes serve as conduits of information we have relied on for thousands of years. We rely on them because of their accuracy,” adds former FBI Agent Joe Navarro.
When you master the skill of reading eyes, you will be better able to negotiate your way through your social life. It also allows us to communicate and cooperate better with our friends and partners by gaining access to their thoughts and emotions.
Eyes are not just windows into the soul, but also to the mind.
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