Facial Expressions


Facial expressions are a kind of mirror that reflects the human’s current state of life with true illustration.  Mimics are the innate behavioral attitude for all the human beings.  Here are some interesting things about the mimic. 

With any interaction between two individuals, body language plays an important role.  A smiling face signifies a state of happiness; whereas, a sad, apathetic face indicates the total opposite.  There is 35% verbal communication and 65% non-verbal communication out of total of inter-human communication.

The active urban people meet daily tens or hundreds of persons with a sense of doing non-verbal communications.  According to Paul Ekman (1997) the affect displays (facial expressions) interpret but are not always intentional.  The non-verbal behavior is made of the mimics, gestures, and all the body movements.

The mimics on our face

Our face mimics are very important for the inter-human relationships, whether consciously or unconsciously.  The position of the head is very indicative with different poses.  When pushed forwards it implies a threatening attitude; forwardly-bowed shows submission; bowed in an oblique position reflects false pretense; raised head shows no fear; raised in stiff position suggests arrogance; and bent backward head implies a sign of surrender.

Thus the head position reflects much of the human’s current state of mind.  The facial expressions play a vital role in business negotiations.  When your head is bowed slightly sideward, it conveys interest.  On the other hand, when moved up and down, it conveys an agreement.  The facial expressions include the mimics such as raised eyebrows, frowning, and movements of nose and lips.  These send messages of preoccupation, frustration, anger, surprise, dislike, insecurity, hesitation, secrecy, etc.

There are the inborn programs which are the universal mimics.  Thus, facial expressions tell much of things.  They sometimes express even those complicated things that one is unable to express with the help of verbal communication.  With face-to-face communication, the facial expressions curtail the need of long explanation which becomes essential during the otherwise situations.