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Facial Emotional Indicators
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> Facial Emotional Indicators
Here are some of the facial signals that you might see for different
emotions. Do note that these are only possible indicators: not all signals are
needed and not all signals indicated here necessarily indicate the associated
eyebrows slightly pushed together;
chin possibly wrinkled;
head slightly tilted down.
Eyes wide, closed or pointing
mouth open or corners turned down;
chin pulled in;
head down, white face.
Eyes wide and staring;
eyebrows pulled down (especially
in middle); wrinkled forehead; flared
mouth flattened or
teeth bared; jutting
chin, red face.
Mouth smiling (open or closed);
possible laughter; crows-feet wrinkles at sides of sparkling
; slightly raised
Eyes cast down and possibly damp
head down or to the side.
mouth corners turned down;
nose turned in sneer;
Eyes wide open with dilated
pupils; slightly raised
lips slightly parted or puckered or
head tilted forward.
Steady gaze of
eyes at item of
interest (may be squinting); slightly raised
lips slightly pressed together;
head erect or pushed forward.
Eyes looking away; face generally
immobile; corners of
down or lips pulled to the side;
propped up with hand.
Eyes wide open;
eyebrows raised high;
mouth dropped wide open with
head held back or tilted to side.
Eyebrows tilted outwards
(lowered outer edges);
tilted down or smiling;
head turned away;
nose twisted in sneer;
mouth closed, possibly with
head turned down;
eyebrows held low; skin blushing
Eyes in extended gaze and
pulled together in middle or downwards at edges;
mouth turned down at corners;
head tilted to side.
Observe people carefully, in particular their faces to detect emotion. Also
watch indicators in other parts of their body (for example an angry person might
have clenched fists).
When you know how they are feeling, you can respond accordingly. It is worth
remembering that when people are feeling strong emotions they are unlikely to
respond to rational argument.
Using Body Language