“Your face says it all” is not just a simple statement. You can say a lot about your face. But did you know that the movements you make with your face say a lot about your personality? In From Nieuws BV An Gaiser and Herman Ilgen, managing partners of the Institute for Non-verbal Strategy Analysis, explain.
You smile, you draw your eyes, you frown thousands of times a day, consciously and unconsciously. Gaiser and Ilgen have been studying these movements for almost ten years and have thus developed a method that also benefits us. Ilgen explains: “Because you understand better where the other person is coming from. How they are reacting, what they are sensitive to. You can organize the conversation much more effectively.”
Frown, laugh and raise eyebrows
But what do these features on your face say about you? For example, people who frown a lot and tighten their lower eyelids have to figure something out before they feel comfortable. If you smile a lot, you tend to be part of the personality. Are you someone who often lifts eyebrows and eyelids? Then you are action-oriented and you love to jump in.
Pokerface does not exist
In certain situations, it is useful not to expose too much, such as during a game of poker for example. Then it would be nice to turn off those features on your face.
Gaiser: “You can’t control your face. There is no poker face. You can’t say, ‘When I play cards, I show a certain type of face.’ Because, subconsciously, you can not influence it. But the emotions you feel under it, you can train and influence. For example, you will synchronize verbally and non-verbally. “
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