How to Read Eyes
Our body language makes up more than 60% of what we want to communicate to other people. That’s why understanding it can help you to recognize the feelings of others easier. There are many nonverbal cues that you can read — from people’s gestures to their facial expressions and eye positions. In this article, 5-Minute Crafts will tell you how to read the cues that are given by people’s eyes.
❗ Important: the information provided by this article is for entertainment purposes only and should not be taken too seriously.
1. Flashing eyebrows
If a person arches their eyebrows fast (less than one-fifth of a second), this can be seen as a positive thing and a sign of friendliness. This behavior is used when a person wants to greet someone, and also to please or thank someone, or add emphasis during a conversation. If coupled with a smile, the eyebrow flash can be interpreted as flirting.
In Western culture, winking can be seen as a form of flirting. However, it can also be used when people share a private joke, or to communicate their affiliation and rapport. Some might also show their friendliness or niceness by winking.
3. Eye blinking
If a person blinks more than normal (on average, we blink 6-10 times per minute), this might be interpreted as a good sign that this person finds you attractive. This can also be seen as a sign of flirting.
4. Eye contact
👁👁 Direct eye contact — in general, looking directly into someone’s eyes can boost their dopamine. This is because this action might make them subconsciously think they are liked. Also, people who make more eye contact are perceived by others as more intelligent. Receiving it from someone of a higher status might make us feel favored.
- If someone intentionally avoids eye contact with you, they might be hiding something from you. Also, this might be a nonverbal sign that this person is uninterested or might not want to talk to you.
- If someone gives you a conscious glance (making eye contact and then immediately looking away), this might mean 2 opposite things. This person might be attracted to you or might show their disinterest in you. In this case, it’s important to check for other verbal signs and watch their body language.
- If someone gives you a lingering glance, this might be a good sign that this person finds you attractive.
👁👁 Prolonged eye contact — might make others feel threatened and uncomfortable. If someone keeps staring in silence, it might indicate disagreement or disappointment.
- It turns out that liars often tend to maintain long eye contact after telling a lie. They do it to check your face and see whether you believed them or not.
5. Pupil size
👁👁 If the pupils are dilated — this might be a sign of attraction and emotional arousal. These people are seen as more trustworthy.
- Also, pupil deviation can happen when someone thinks about a problem and tries to solve it. When they finally find a solution, their pupils reach their maximum dilation.
👁👁 If the pupils are constricted — this might be a sign of fear and feeling threatened. As a result, these people are seen as less trustworthy.
6. Eye direction
The position of the eyes can be connected to our thoughts. Pay close attention to it to figure out what others might be processing in their minds.
👁👁 Looking upper right — constructing a visual image in their mind. Liars might look in this direction to create a mental image.
👁👁 Looking lateral right — constructing a sound in their head. For example, if someone is lying and saying that they had a conversation or heard something they didn’t, they might look in this direction.
👁👁 Looking lower right — remembering the feelings of something.
👁👁 Looking upper left — accessing visual memory, trying to remember a picture of something from the past.
👁👁 Looking lateral left — accessing sound memory. For example, trying to remember a song or a voice from the past.
👁👁 Looking lower left — the person might be engaged in an inner dialogue. This might indicate that they are in the process of deep thought or questioning themselves.