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The eyebrows and the forehead can offer interesting signals as form of non-verbal communication
to others.

The face is the best social tool to express our emotion-rather than disguising our true thoughts and
feelings. It is actually a marquee advertising a wide range of emotions, moods and attitudes.

It isn’t difficult to see why this happens-there are more than 44 muscles in our face, 22 on each side
attached to bone and skin. This allows us to make wild gesture and to control separate parts of face
independently, often unconsciously.

As such, physiologically, we have learned to link together each of the pieces of your face from jaw to
scalp which send messages that are meaning full to another speaker.

Popular psychoanalytic psychologist Sigmund Freud had written: “People can discover other’s secret
if he watch and listen carefully. Even if he kept silence, His motion will tell you the truth. Betrayal
seeps out from him all the time.”

Sigmund added that humans are able to hide our emotions but for a millisecond, the true emotions
are revealed. Hence, he concluded that it is almost impossible for anyone to hide their true feelings.

Another psychologist Professor Paul Ekman had conducted much research to determine how facial
expression helps reveal our underlying emotions and is renowned for having introduced the facial
action coding system (FACS) to evaluate the relationship between facial expression and emotion.

From his research, he found that micro-gesture displays on our faces reveal our hidden emotions.
Simultaneously, he found that the facial micro-gesture is displayed within a quarter second of an
emotion’s arousal.

With this discovery, body language specialists have been trained how to look out got and capture
these micro-gestures to read facial expressions.

Keen Observation

Facial Expression is a very powerful communication tool. While most of us have never been
specifically taught how to generate or translate this facial behavior, we all nevertheless know them,
perform them, interpret them and communicate them without conscious thought.

As such, it’s no wonder people will believe the look on your face rather that what you tell them, no
matter what you say-as our face is an amalgam of its components. But, let’s look at the various
components for better understanding.

The movement of the eyebrow sends messages to us indirectly as it is visible to the receiver and is
easily read and detected, compared to pupil dilation analysis. While the eyebrow is strategically
located near the eye region, their limited muscle control limits what messages they can deliver.

Still, the lowered eyebrow alone can be interpreted in many ways. When an individual is angry, the
facial muscle contracts and the eyebrow are lowered. It can also augur concentration,
aggressiveness, dominance, sadness, deep thought or displeasure.
We can also interpret the lowered eyebrow as expressing disagreement, doubt or uncertainty. When
the middle of the eyebrows is pulled down so they slope inwards, this shows a person is angry and

Lowered eyebrows too can be interpreted as displaying concern and authority. When parents are
punishing their kids and instructing them to stop playing, they have lowered eyebrows and this
effect is enhanced with the index finger being waged in and authoritative manner.

Raised Eyebrow

Raising eyebrows enhance the facial expression. When a person feels happy, the eyebrows are
raised because our limbic brain reaction will stimulate cranial tissues and cause the forehead muscle
to contract. Also, when an individual is surprised, their eyebrows become raised. The greater the
surprise, the higher the eyebrows become raised.

Further, we can use raised eyebrows as a signal to ask for attention or to signal general emphasis.
For example, raised eyebrows after a question is asked indicate a clear invitation for the other party
to answer the question.

Raising eyebrows may be seen as a submissive move or represents openness, or even asking for
approval and support. This motion is momentary. The raise of eyebrows indicates an unspoken
enquiry, like: “am I right?” or “do you agree with what I say?”

Alternatively, raising the eyebrows slowly for a few seconds marks the end of the statement-usually
as a nonverbal enquiry to check if the listener had understood. Note that the eyebrow raised at
slower speed and accompanied with the head nudged upwards indicates disapproval. Skepticism too
can be expressed by raising one eyebrow, especially if appear with a small smirk.

The middle-raised eyebrow can be interpreted as relief. In some cases, it can indicate anxiety.
Conversely, the middle-lowered eyebrow too can show what the person is angry or frustrated.
Further, it can also be a sign of deep concentration.

A swift up-down flash, or oscillating eyebrow movement, is done as a sign of recognition and
greeting. You can even observe it among primates such as monkeys and gorillas. This involuntary
signal of recognition and interest has been observed in such varied cultures- from Europeans to
Balinese, African Bushmen to South American Indians.

Furrowed Forehead

Note that the forehead is always associated with eyebrow movement, which indirectly causes and
affects forehead mobility to a certain extent.

When a person feels anxious, sad, concerned, bewildered or even angry or concentrating, frowning
by furrowing the forehead and brow can be observed.

It is difficult for us to determine what the furrowed forehead means. For instance, a student taking
part in an examination would have a furrowed forehead when examiner announces 10 minutes
remaining for the examination.
Besides and examination situation, and arrested person being led past reporters would have a
furrowed forehead because the suspect find himself in an untenable or disagreeable situation but
cannot escape. This is why you would usually see these at arrested persons’ mug shots.

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