People smile for all kind of reasons - not all of them good. Smugness, embarrassment and fear can all cause smiles. Can you recognise which is which?
The type of smile you have can reveal a lot about you.
Find out below what your smile indicates about you according to top facial reader Jean Haner.
THE OPEN MOUTH SMILE
An open mouthed smile, where the lips are stretched and the teeth are on display, exudes confidence, warmth and a positive energy. ‘This kind of smile goes beyond just showing friendliness, it could be to show real excitement about something or a laughing smile, showing that you find something really funny.’ says Jean. If this type of smile is also accompanied by crinkly lines around the eyes, called ‘Duchenne lines’.
This is one of the most common types of smiles and can portray a range of different emotions from shyness to fear.
'A genuine smile involves both the muscles around the mouth and the eyes,’ says Jean. ‘In this smile, only the muscles by the mouth are moving which means it is probably not authentic. This is a case of smiling because you have to.’
珍说：'发自内心的微笑嘴部肌肉和眼睛都会运动，’ ‘然而只有嘴部的肌肉动的时候意味着这并不是真的笑，这种笑可能是因为你必须要笑’ 。
THE LIGHT LIPPED SMILE
Hiding teeth can also equate to hiding what you are really thinking and not wanting to reveal too much of yourself. Conversely, this smile can be a reflection of inner confidence in that you don’t feel it necessary to reveal too much.
Some people opt for this sort of grin because they aren’t confident about showing their teeth.
THE TURN AWAY SMILE
This kind of smile is done with the head turned downward and facing away while the eyes look upward, often with part of the hand covering the mouth.
When someone looks down as they smile, it can be a sign of shyness and self-consciousness and a lack of confidence, especially if they also cover their mouth with their hand. This type of smile can also signal embarrassment or can be done purposefully to appear alluring.
THE HALF SMILE
A half smile where one side of the face is lifted and the other can be a confusing expression. This can reflect an uncertainty.
With this smile the lips are pressed together or slightly separated, with one side of the mouth slightly raised. This grin can denote general dissatisfaction, arrogance and a feeling of superiority.
THE UPPER SMILE
Here the upper lip is raised to expose only the top row of teeth and the lower teeth remain hidden which reveals feelings of insecurity.