Smiles are often big indicators of whether or not someone likes you. The key thing most people (men in particular) don’t realize is that there are different types of smile, and that each type of smile can mean a completely different thing. Therefore when someone is smiling at you, it isn’t always a signal to make your move and go talk to them.
Many people use fake smiles to make them appear approachable and submissive. A fake smile can be spotted because it involves only the jaw muscles working, whereas a true smile involves both the jaw muscles and the muscles around the eyes.
A true smile will often produce ‘crow’s feet’ around a person’s eyes, and the person’s teeth are usually visible. A true smile is an indicator that a person likes you, however there are many types of smile that we see from day to day – not all of them mean positive things.
The Tight Lipped Smile
A tight lipped smile is spotted frequently in every day life. It is exactly what it says on the tin – the lips are stretched across the face forming a straight line, and the teeth are not visible. The tight lipped smile is often used by someone who is hiding something that they don’t want to share with you.
It is a favorite used by women who don’t want to show that they don’t like someone. Most men are completely oblivious to the true meaning of this smile.
Sideways Looking Up
This gesture consists of a tight lipped smile coupled with the ‘Looking Up’ gesture from the ‘Eyes’ section in this Blog. Contrary to the meaning of the solitary tight lipped smile, this gesture is used mainly by women to convey that they like someone. This smile invokes the parental, caring instincts in men, who see the smiler as playful, and juvenile.
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Joanne, thank you for making this available