I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say the face is probably the first thing people notice. Unless a person has something that is overwhelmingly hard to look away from, you see their face first. It’s such a thing that most people take it as a point of pride that they can remember faces.
The face is how we express ourselves most often. Yes, body language is important, but most people are more adept at reading the face. Put a mask on that covers your entire face and you can confuse people, force them to have to think about how you feel.
In my experience, if you keep your tone under control, they won’t be able to read you at all.
Of course, sometimes it’s just fun to indulge your inner child. You might find guys like http://magictouchfacepainting.com.au at a children’s party and get your face painted. Play around for a moment and pretend you’re someone or something else.
Faces tell stories and set identities. They reveal so much about us when they move and express. Have you ever wondered, though, what they say about us when they aren’t doing anything?
In some of the articles I’ve read, there’s a fun observation. Women who have a “resting” face – one that’s not doing anything – are more likely to come across as hostile than men. Why this is the case, no one knows. Still, isn’t it a fascinating thing to know?
There are also the little things. Apparently, even unconscious shifts in the face can trigger specific responses in other people’s brains.
So, for example, if you wanted to give off the impression of being highly dominant, you snarl the lips. Wrinkling the nose also works to the same effect.
If you want to make yourself seem in control, but not overbearing, you do other things. Raising and lowering the eyebrows achieves this effect. Stretching the lips and showing off dimples works too. In some instances dropping the chin can also get this done.
If you want people to trust you, there are tricks for that too.
Raising the eyebrows or depending on the lines between the nose and mouth work. Smiles are also valid, though smiling too much seems to have the opposite effect.
If you want to show someone you don’t trust them, narrowing the eyes is a start. Wrinkling the nose can also have this effect sometimes. Dilation of the nostrils and frowning are also possible.
Then there’s the little keys to becoming more attractive. Smiling is a good way, mainly pulling the lips back, so it’s only slight. Tightening the eyelids and pulling the lips open and back are also good tactics.
These are just generalisations. Not everyone responds to these minute shifts in expression in the same way. Their overuse can also be detrimental. Cultural differences can also have an impact; yes, there are places where smiling inappropriately is a sign of poor upbringing.
However, it’s still fascinating to know that even the tiniest shifts in a facial expression can mean so much. It just goes to show how important the face can be if used correctly.