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Reading the Eyes in Body Language

Updated on May 4, 2011

Pay attention to the eyes

When you are reading eye body language, it is important to see what direction they are moving in. The pupils also play a major role in reading the eyes. Eyes can squint, bling rapidly, and roll. Reading the eyes can play a major part in reading body language over all. You can determine a person’s emotions when you look into their eyes, you can tell if they are shy, if they are feeling, hearing, visualizing something, the list goes on. There is truth to the statement “the eyes are the window to the soul.” Pay attention to the eyes, they can hold tons of information about a person.

What direction do the eyes move in?

First, let’s start off with the direction the eyes move into when you are in a conversation:

Left: they are accessing the creative part of their brain

Right: they are accessing the logic part of their brain

Up: they are accessing an image

Towards the ears: they are accessing a sound

Towards the ground: they are accessing a feeling

You can combine the eye movements and get a general meaning.

If a person is looking to the upper right, you can then assume they are remembering something they seen. (Looking upwards means they are accessing a picture, and looking towards the right means they are accessing logic, therefore you can assume the logic is a truth, something they remembered.)If a person is looking towards the upper left, they MAY be constructing a visual image.

If a person is looking towards their ears, and to the right, you can assume they are remembering something they heard. If a person is looking towards their ears, and to the left, they MAY be constructing something they heard.

If a person is looking down and towards the right, you can assume they are remembering a feeling. If a person is looking down and toward the left, they may be imagining a certain feeling (empathy).

It is said that if a person is looking towards the left, they are accessing the creative part of their brain. Some people automatically assume a person is lying when they do this. However, some people can occasionally look towards the left when they are talking and not be lying. When you are reading the eyes, or any body language it is important that you read every move they make, not just one.

Pupils

 

A person’s pupils can tell you a lot about someone. If you are under the right type of light, not too bright, and not to dim, try reading someone’s eyes. You need to make sure the lighting is right because bright lights can make a person’s pupils look small, and dim lights may make a person’s pupils look large. Also, it is important to know if that person is taking any type of medication. Someone’s pupils can be affected by medications, and even a poor physical state. Now, all of that being said, let’s take a look at what the pupils can tell a person:

Large pupils can indicate a few things:

When a person likes what they are looking at, their pupils will get larger.

When a person is telling the truth about something, their pupils will get larger.

When person’s pupils shrink, it can mean a few things:

When a person is lying, sometimes their pupils shrink.

When a person is displeased about what they are looking at, or with what is being said, their pupils can shrink

If a person’s pupils fluctuate, sometimes it means they are unsure about the circumstances

Look into the mirror, and tell yourself a lie

 You may test the pupils yourself. Look into the mirror, and tell yourself a lie. Watch closely, because your pupils will shrink. When you are reading someone’s pupils, it is almost like you have a visual on what is going on in their nervous system.

rapid blink or a narrowing of the eyes

 

A rapid blink can mean the person is irritated, or attracted. What a huge difference! This is one of the main factors I stress in reading someone’s body language as a whole, and not jumping to conclusions by reading just one signal.

A narrowing of the eyes can mean they were evaluating something they have just seen or heard.

Pay attention to where a person’s eyes move when they are not in active conversation

 

Pay attention to where a person’s eyes move when they are not in active conversation. Person’s eyes can move towards the door, indicating a desire to leave the room. A persons eyes can also move towards someone’s lips indicating a desire to kiss. If someone looks back and forth between two eyes, when they are looking at someone else, it can indicate attraction.

Also pay attention if you notice someone being rude to someone else. Usually, if it is coaxed by someone else, they will glance at the person that has coaxed it. For example: Bob doesn’t like Joe. Bob told his friend Bill, he can’t stand him. So, Bill says something rude to Joe. Notice, in a situation like this, Bill will look at Bob. This will happen on an occasion when someone is influencing someone else to be rude. Situations like this are common among playgrounds and work places alike. Eye body language is very important when you are trying to read body language as a whole. Many people forget to take the eyes into consideration. You should never forget to look at someone in the eyes. If you do forget, and you are trying to read body language, you could miss out on some very important clues.


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      Jamie Lee 5 years ago

      Great article :)

      Now I can analyse my unsuspecting friends ;D

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      sarclair 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. I agree, that reading darker eyes can be more difficult.

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      K Kiss 6 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      wow sarclair that was illuminating. Thank God I have nearly black eyes. No one should be able to read them with regard to my pupils :P Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this topic. Shared :)

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      sarclair 6 years ago

      Thank you incomeguru.

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      Oyewole Folarin 6 years ago from Lagos

      The eyes can send different signals, so effort should be taken to learn the meaning of some of these signals. Voted up.

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      sarclair 7 years ago

      Thank you. I am glad you liked the hub. The eyes are interesting, and really do say a ton about someone.

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      Umna Safdar 7 years ago

      No doubt, a great hub.That's what I had been looking for since many days, shared on Facebook :)Thanks for this information.

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      sarclair 7 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by. The eyes are very interesting to read when you are reading body language, and non-verbal communication. They are a very important part in reading people.

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      Germaine Reilly 7 years ago

      I didn't know about pupils getting smaller when a lie takes place, that's interesting. I'm usually more focused on subtle gestures, but will give eyes new attention!

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      sarclair 7 years ago

      Thank you guys:)

      It does look like you got it right Sub Ron. I think it's neet that you got it correct, and didn't understand the way eyes work.

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      Jalus 7 years ago

      I have always been fascinated with the study of body language. I really enjoyed your hub - my pupils are large! :)

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      Maria Jordan 7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Very interesting and I love the pictures throughout... "the eyes truly are the mirrors to our souls"... voted UP & AWESOME~~ thank you!

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      James W. Nelson 7 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Good hub, Sarclair. In one of my short stories I had a character (a girl, early 20s). In the first part of story she was very excited/scared (pupils were pin-points)middle of story she wasn't lying but not telling whole truth (still pin-points) at the end the viewpoint character looks into her eyes and sees huge pupils, and surmises she definitely is telling the truth. This was written years ago. I dind't know that about pupils. Did I get it right?

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