Fake vs genuine smile in body language

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Reading people's emotions and intentions

It's extremely important that you know the real intentions of the person you dealing with. The good news i have for you is that body language can allow you to do that to a certain extent. Combine that with the ability to read facial expressions and you will have a strong ability to determine the real intentions of a person.

So what i am going to do in this article is to let you know how to use both sciences to tell whether someone's smile is genuine or whether they are faking it.

Before proceeding further you must understand that depending on such signs alone can be dangerous since your mood can greatly alter your perception. In the Ultimate guide to becoming confident i said that once you believe that someone dislikes you then your perception will change and you might find signs that prove you right even though they don't really exist.

Fake vs genuine smile , how to tell the difference

The first and most popular sign that can help you tell the difference between a fake and a real smile are the movement of the muscles of the face. When a person smiles from the heart many of his facial muscles move. You will notice that this person's face developed lines and wrinkles around his eyes when he smiles.

If a person faked the smile then probably those muscles won't move that much and so the smile would seem like it's coming from the lower part of the face only.

In my book How to know if someone likes you in 30 minutes i said that genuine smiles usually last more than fake ones. This means that if someone smiled then their face remained like that for few seconds then probably it's a real smile.

You must be careful here because a sad mood might prevent a person from smiling for a long period of time. Remember what i just said in the beginning of the article? Your mind can trick you to believe that someone hates you if you didn't pay attention to such details. See How to identify haters and mean people

When the smile is genuine the bottom teeth will usually be hidden and the cheeks will usually enlarge. Note that the person must get really emotional for this to happen and again this alone isn't an indication that a smile isn't real.

What you need to look for here is the presence of the signs and not their absence. If the sings are present then there is an extremely high possibility that the smile is genuine. If the signs aren't there then maybe the person is just sad today?

When a person smiles genuinely crow's feet , lines around the eye, usually appear. Also The eyes are more likely to close ,become narrower, when a person smiles genuinely.

Look for the context

It's very important to look at the context of the situation when you try to read body language or facial expressions. In addition to that you need to look at the other gestures the person is making. Are the person's gestures matching his current mood?

Are the person's gestures aligned with his mood and words?
Does he claim to be happy but uses opposite body language?

Once you learn how to see the full picture and not to analyze something out of its context then you will be able to read people correctly.

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