What’s in a Smile? 5 Most Common Smiles and what they communicate
February 14, 2013 by The Image Expert
Never a lip is curved with pain
That can’t be kissed into smile again.
Valentine’s is a great day to share the love and give someone you care about a smile. We’ve put together a list of famous lips and common tips on what your smile says about you. But first, guess which celeb belongs to these lips! (answers at the bottom)
As we have learned in Sherlock Holmes, it is impossible to not communicate. Everything about our image from the clothing, hair, body language, tan line, jewelry, shoes and yes, even a smile tells a story about each of us. So what is your smile communicating? In The Definitive Book of Body Language, Allan and Barbara Pease describe the Five Common Types of Smiles:
1. The Tight-Lipped Smile
It sends the message that the smiler has a secret or a withheld opinion or attitude that they will not be sharing with you. It’s a favorite of women who don’t want to reveal that they don’t like someone and is usually clearly read by other women as a rejection signal. Most men are oblivious to it.
2. The Twisted Smile
The Twisted Smile is peculiar to the Western world and can only be done deliberately, which means it can send only one message – sarcasm.
3. The Drop-Jaw Smile
This is a practiced smile where the lower jaw is simply dropped down to give the impression that the person is laughing or playful, but they are faking enjoyment.
4. Sideways-Looking-Up Smile
With the head turned down and away while looking up with a Tight-Lipped Smile, the smiler looks juvenile, playful, and secretive. This coy smile has been shown to be men’s favorite everywhere, because when a woman does it, it engenders parental male feelings, making men want to protect and care for females. This is one of the smiles Princess Diana used to captivate the hearts of people everywhere.
5. The George W. Bush Grin
President George W. Bush always has a permanent smirk on his face. Ray Birdwhistell found that smiling among middle-class people is most common in Atlanta, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, and most of Texas. Bush is a Texan and they smile more than most other Americans. As a result, in Texas, an unsmiling individual might be asked if he was “angry about something,” while in New York, the smiler might be asked, “What’s so funny?” President Jimmy Carter was also a Southerner who smiled all the time. This worried the Northerners who feared that he knew something they didn’t.
Did you guess right?
A. Madonna, B. Lucy Liu, C. Angelina Jolie, D. Julia Roberts, E. Taylor Swift, F. Marilyn Monroe, G. Naomi Campbell