Psychologists Share 16 tricks that will help you read people like a pro

Psychologists Share 16 tricks that will help you read people like a pro

When talking to a person, we get only 30% of all the information through their words — all the rest of the info can be revealed in their movements, tone of voice, and other non-verbal means of communication. So if you want to know what your friends are actually feeling at any given moment, it’s better to watch their faces — try to be extra attentive and you’ll learn a lot of new things about them.

We have prepared a short guide on how to “read” people’s faces.


Raised and curved eyebrows may mean that a person is surprised. And the more surprised they are, the higher their eyebrows lift. Raising the eyebrows is also a sign of openness and attraction to you.

Eyebrows that are lowered and drawn together usually symbolize anger. As a rule, you’ll also see vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows.

Inner corners of eyebrows that are drawn together and upward indicate sadness.


Looking up and to the right may indicate that a person is trying to use their imagination or that they’re lying.

Looking up and to the left means that a person is remembering or recalling something.

Looking down may indicate that a person is embarrassed, nervous, or has poor self-esteem. Sometimes it’s a sign of feeling guilty.

If a person’s eyes quickly dart from side to side, it means that they feel nervous or uncomfortable around you.

Dilated pupils usually indicate fear or that a person is interested or in love with you

On the contrary, if a person’s pupils get very small, almost like beads, it may mean they’re angry.

If you see crow’s feet at the outside corners of somebody’s eyes, it means that they’re truly laughing as these lines symbolize joy.


Pursed lips may signal some negative emotions like anger, contempt, frustration, or disapproval.

If someone is biting their lips, they’re trying to soothe themselves because they’re feeling anxious.

If one side of the mouth is raised, it may reveal contempt or hate.

Corners of the lips that are drawn downward signify sadness.


Touching the neck may mean that a person is trying to protect themselves when feeling discomfort.

Touching the nose is a signal that a person is lying.

Do you have your own tips on how to “read” people’s faces? Share them with us in the comments!