And watch for the head tilt back!
For example, you can see Daniel Radcliffe in the following video looking up after being asked a question (timestamp 1:20):
Someone might also look up at the ceiling or the sky when things seem impossible or when a person has a run of bad luck 1 . For example, imagine a golfer making a putt. He concentrates and puts everything he has into that swing but misses. Bummer! You might see him look up as if to say, “Why God, why!?” to relieve his stress and tension.
What It Means: Combined with slightly raised eyebrows or a smile, sideways glances communicate interest and are more common among women than men. However, look for this cluster:
- tilted head motion
- sideways glance or a brief roll of the eyes
On the other hand, these glances could signal that we are suspicious, uncertain, hostile, or critical. We show this by lowered eyebrows or the corners of our mouth, followed by a furrowed brow.
We may even “eye point” as a secretive signal. If a person does this to you, they are warning you that someone has entered the room out of your line of vision 5 . Eye points can even be a fraction of a second in which we quickly glance in someone’s direction with an intense stare, then return the gaze to the listener to see if they understood our message.
We might have to repeat it several times to get the message across. This requires some delicacy to remain secretive.
Looking at watch
What It Means: Usually, where the eyes go, desire often follows. If someone looks at their watch midconversation, this is an indicator of mentally disconnecting. They have a meeting or appointment to attend… or they might just be wondering if they’re spending too much time talking to you. Ouch. Maybe it’s best to cut the conversation short or end the conversation.
But hey, don’t feel guilty if this happens to you. Even former president George H.W. Bush is guilty of this. Watch as he checks his watch at the beginning of the video as an audience member asks him a question. He also looks at his watch a few more times during the debate. Not surprisingly, he stumbles on this question and has to ask for clarification. You can view a video of the scene here.
7 Eye Blocking Body Language Gestures
Covering or shielding the eyes often is seen when people literally do not like what they see. You will see this when people feel threatened by something or are repulsed by what they are hearing or seeing. This is an indicator of an uncomfortable reaction. You also see eye blocking in the form of eye rubbing or lots of blinking. Eye blocking is a powerful display of consternation, disbelief, or disagreement. Here are 7 eye-blocking behaviors in depth.
One of the 5 most common signs in babies that indicates pain is when eyes are squeezed tightly shut 4 . They’ll even eye block in the womb when confronted with loud sounds. It’s such an automatic response that children born blind will even cover their eyes when they hear bad news.
Police carried out an arson investigation of a hotel in Puerto Rico that claimed 97 lives 3 . They asked the security guard on duty where he was before, after, and during the fire, or if he was the one who set the fire.
They noticed his eyes closed shut only when asked where he was when the fire started. After some intense questioning, they found out the truth: the guard left his post to see his girlfriend, and during that time, 3 arsonists entered and set fire to the hotel.
April 14, 2022