Body Language Signs: The Eyes (Part I)

Warning! Reading body language is like listening to someone. Listed here are the possible meanings of many different body language signs.

To get it right, look for at least another 2 or 3 signals with the same potential meaning – in different areas of their body or communication. This is the golden rule of reading body language.

The Eyes (Part I)

Called the “window of the soul” for good reason, the eyes don’t express everything but they are very revealing!

The way a person looks at someone reveals a lot about what they really feel – and the intensity and direction of their stare can reflect a person’s thoughts.

Let’s look at different scenarios:

– Glancing sideways

–> could show romantic interest, flirting in a subtle way

– Glancing for a prolonged period of time, intermittently but repetitively

–> sexual attraction, lust if in the distance

–> interest in the conversation if face to face while one of you is talking

– Staring hard without interruption at all

–> invasive and threatening (usually accompanied by small pupils)

– Gazing up and down

–> appraisal of sexual attraction – this is true for both men and women, though women are usually more discreet!

– Avoiding gaze

–> could be lying, or feeling guilty or uncomfortable about the subject discussed. If they are looking away after a long gaze, it could just mean they are “taking a rest”, or distancing themselves from the subject.

– Gazing regularly

–> positive, inviting attitude – open to communicate with you


– Prolonged blinking (as if blinking in slow motion)

–> losing interest (or feeling very sleepy! )- often accompanied by a raised eyebrow. To maintain your influence, change the conversation quickly or ask a question to get them to refocus.

– Excessive blinking

–> showing romantic interest (if their pupils are dilated)

–> sign of stress

–> could be lying

– Rolling the eyes upwards

–> disagreement (or exasperation if very obvious). My best advice if you spot this signal: stop and ask for their opinion… and listen to them!


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Eye Contact

You’ve heard this before. To make people feel good and show your interest, you must maintain eye contact.

But staring only at someone’s eyes makes it very difficult to maintain your gaze.

The easiest way to maintain eye contact naturally is to look at the person’s whole face above the tip of their nose – see the picture below. Look at the bridge of their nose, cheek bones, forehead, hair.

Body Language Signals: How To Keep Eye Contact

How to keep eye contact


How Can You Read What People Think?

If someone tells you a single word – by itself – it has many possible meanings. In the dictionary, you’d find several likely meanings for this one word.

To know the correct meaning, you simply look at:

- The other words in the same sentence; and

- The general context of the sentence.

Reading body language is as simple. A body language signal by itself can mean many things.

To know which meaning is correct, you need to look at:

- other signals that could have a similar meaning – at least 2 or 3; and

- the context of the situation, mailny the environment and the conversation.

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