Facial expressions are an important channel of nonverbal
Even the slightest change in the position of your
eyebrow can change the entire meaning of the body
language that is being displayed.
A simple smile itself is enough to express ‘I’m pleased’ or
‘I’m happy’ or even ‘I like you’.
A primary means of conveying social information among
humans, but also occur in most other mammals and some
other animal species.
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can be characterized by lifted eyebrows
such that they are curved and central
to the forehead.
The skin below the eyebrows stretch
and horizontal wrinkles can be seen
across the forehead.
The eyelids are wide open’ while the jaw drops down separating
the lips and the teeth.
Often the head is tilted, but in two ways.
If the head tilts forward, it indicates disbelief’
if the head is pulled back, it indicates fear.
This expression is neutral and only
indicates that the person is open to
The features of such an expression are a
half smile and a slight widening of the eyes.
The forehead and the eyebrows are the expressions to watch
A slight frown indicates concentration, while narrow eyes
show that the person is unable to absorb and accept the
A clear emotion of sincere happiness!
The characteristics of a joyful face include
round eyes and raised cheeks.
A broad smile that exposes the teeth
expresses friendliness, politeness and approval.
Rage is the result of anger.
The eyes narrow, the eyebrows lift up,
forming the classic V-shape.
The lips tighten while the face can be seen as
prepared for combat.
The reasons behind anger include hate, a
desire to inflict hurt or a denial of
‘His face was a mask of terror’.
This cliché from the English literature best describes a fearful
face, as it takes on a mask-like appearance.
A fearful face can be distinguished by a frozen stare, wild and
wide-open eyes, pale and pulled back face, chills, sweating
and strands of hair standing on end.
Extreme (emotional) pain, distress or anxiety best describe
the word anguish.
The face alters to crying or rhythmic sobbing, with arched
eyebrows, slightly open mouth and turned down lips.
Disgust is an emotion associated with
things that are considered as unclean, inedible, infectious or
A person may close his nose and eyes as an attempt to
prevent contact from the contagion to show an expression of
A person portrays this emotion when he realizes that he has
been identified in an indefensible ‘wrong doing’.
This happens when the person is caught by others, but also
when he recognizes internally that he is wrong.
Such a person can be identified by looking down or to the side
in an attempt to avoid meeting the eyes of the other people.
The mouth droops in sorrow; the head tilts forward or bows
down with the eyebrows arching outwards in a nonaggressive expression.