Makeup blog for Week 9: Emotion
Have you every noticed that you can tell a lot about a person based on their body language? Humans tend to give off many signals such as non-verbal cues that can let us tap into what the other person is feeling or thinking.
For instance, say you are on a date with someone you like (but you are not quite sure if they like you back) there are some things you can look out for: If you're a male pursuing a female, pay attention to how she is sitting (if you are sitting). If her legs are crossed and her outside leg is directed towards you, she is engaged in you and the conversation. This as well goes for her upper body and posture. If her frame is facing you and is upright and attentive, take that as a good sign. Many of these examples thus far are representative of non-verbal cues, which can be conveyed though posture, gestures, haptics (touch), and even appearance.
Facial feedback is another common form of non-verbal cues that can represent our emotions. It can be something as simple as a smile to convey happiness, or a frown to display happiness. Back to the dating scenario, say you're female this time on a date with a male, here are some examples of facial feedback that can clue you in on what he's thinking: If your date raises one of his eyebrows, he may find you intriguing or mysterious and might want to get to know you a little more. Or, if his lips are slightly parted and eyes are in a gaze, chances are he's mesmerized by you (or at the very least interested).
Body language can help us out a lot when words are of absence, or especially cases such as the the dating game. Simply read the clues and act upon the opportunity, your success rate will surely increase. If you take these tips to help you land your next boyfriend or girlfriend, you're welcome.
Lilienfeld, Scott. Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. 2nd ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2011. Print.
"IVillage." IVillage.com: Health, Beauty, Pregnancy, Entertainment, Women's Community and More. Web. 01 Apr. 2012. http://www.ivillage.com/18-body-language-clues-say-hes-interested-definitely/4-a-283709.