body language of blinking

Body language of blinking: When reading the body language or nonverbal communication of others one of the items that may identify deceit, lies, stress or even medical conditions is blinking. The action of blinking happens naturally and you can easily make mistakes when it comes to interpreting what blinking means.

 

There are some actions that people really cannot control that perform necessary functions and blinking is one of them.  This action keeps the eyes moisturized but also protects the eyes from debris and bright lights.

 

The average person blinks every 3-12 seconds and that can work out to 8-10 blinks per minute unless under stress or medical conditions.

 

Under stress, while fabricating or while lying the rate of blinking may increase.

  

Body language of blinking and lying

One common mistake that people make when reading the body language of a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife is that they are too quick to believe that excessive blinking is a definite sign of lying.

 

One of the signs of deception and or lying can be excessive blinking and through plenty of misinformation it’s an automatic belief in some it means lying. Now it may also be that the man or woman is under stress. You will have to be careful and baseline the person that you are examining to look for traits that would lead you to understand if it is a lie that is causing the blinking or jest the stress of being questioned. You will also want to take a look at the micro expressions that a man or woman has because if the person does not know about the accusations they should show surprise.

 

As a man or woman lies they may have a cluster of body language actions that happen when they start to deceive or fabricate. There may be touching of the face, excessive licking of the lips, a change in the breathing patterns, lack of eye contact, a long rub or stroke of a body part like the arm or leg. With these clusters you may notice that the blink rate would increase. This is where you would want to start questioning the story of what is going on if there is a combination of these items going on.  

 

It could be either be the stress of the encounter or the fact that the man or woman is lying and in some instances it could be both. Just take your time before you make a judgment.  

 

Body language of stress or fatigue

Fatigue or stress also may directly influence the rate of blinking. When being questioned by a significant other the stress alone may cause some questions about the blink rate. The signs and signals of stress or fatigue will be slower actions from the body.  

 

 

Body language of blinking and allergies and medical conditions  

Nervous system ailments can cause men or women to blink faster than normal and these faster blinks will be consistent for the most part.

 Having contacts in may also cause extra blinking so if you know that the man or woman has contacts there is a time where you may want to count this item.

When eyes are itchy there are times where men and or women will blink faster than normal, you may see that they eyes are red and or puffy when this happens. When there is an issue or medical condition the faster blink rate may or may not be consistently fast. There are some people that when interacting with others that blink faster than what they would if they were not. People who work in dimly lit areas may also have blinking triggered.

 

Reading the body language of others along with their nonverbal signs and signals can help you understand if a man or woman is lying.

 

As always I would like to thank you in advance for your comments and or questions about blinking and lying.

 

 

Now go implement!

 

 

 

 

Scott Sylvan Bell

 

 

 

 

 

Body language expert Scott Sylvan Bell explains the body language of blinking: Video credit

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17 thoughts on “body language of blinking”

  1. I used to know this Jehovah’s Witness guy who would come by the house once a month like clockwork. He was fun to talk to but he blinked incessantly. Supposedly so that when he was conversing with “heathens” he wouldn’t get posessed by the devil…

    Sabrina Peterson, NASM CPT, CES
    Fat Loss and Fitness 101

  2. I blink a lot when in rooms that are lit by fluorescent light bulbs because they are very hard on my eyes. Also I work in theaters and studios with very low levels of lighting (often work in the dark) so I tend to blink far more than the typical person.

    Michael
    MGM Films

  3. It is interesting and I am glad that you mentioned that excessive blinking doesn’t always mean that someone is lying. The cluster of other body language signals to look for to back up the excessive blinking related to lying are good to know. I have to practice the art!

    Lisa McLellan
    Child Care Expert
    Nanny Services

  4. Hi Scott,

    Seriously, this is such an issue especially on a first date when the single man and woman can be feeling a bit flustered or nervous even when they are people who are very self-confident in themselves and their attractiveness level. Are they blinking and having a moment, (flaking mascara, I can’t even explain this to a man who isn’t an entertain who has ever worn mascara) or are they trying to bat and wink their eyelashes at you to flirt on your date?

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell – Internet Matchmaker SF Bay Area
    Top 3 Common First Date Dressing Disasters of Single Women

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