The psychology of eye contact that you might not know.
Your eyes have tremendous power that you might not know. Your gaze and the way you look at people’s eyes can intimidate them.
Your eyes have so much power that can influence others’ behavior. Here, I will be sharing with you the amazing psychology of eye contact. Here are the interesting scientific pieces of evidence:
1. Eye contact can trigger arousal
Yes, you read it right. The eye-to-eye contact can cause behavioral responses. But such responses may be varied in many people. It depends on how a person interprets the encounter. For instance, if stranger stares at you, it may trigger the feeling of suspiciousness. Fear may follow.
Human responses on the situation like this are not different from animals. Dog, for instance, feel threatened if you stare right at their eyes. This is also true in apes.
However, gazing a potential partner’s eyes may cause sexual arousal. An eye contact in this situation may be interpreted as a sexual enticement. So if you see a couple staring at each other’s eyes, you know what will happen next.
2. An eye contact reveals the truthfulness of a smile
Not all smiles are real. Some people fake it. But through an eye-to-eye contact, you will be able to determine the real from the fake ones. How do you know that a person’s smile is real? The signs of a real smile are in the eyes. A true smile creates wrinkles around the outer corners of the eyes. These wrinkles are not present when a person is faking a smile.
3. Eye dilation reveals an interest
Your eyes have certain characteristics depending on the situation and people you are interacting with. Our eyes dilate when we are talking to or seeing something to whom or which we are interested in. It is a tiny change that we usually unaware of. But if you pay attention to those characteristics, your chances of winning in any social situation may be high.
4. A mutual eye-to-eye contact is a sign of love
This is in connection with the point previously discussed above. Aside from causing arousal, a mutual eye contact can also mean true love. There is one existing evidence on this. In one study, the researchers found that mutual gaze indicates that both parties are being in love with each other.
5. Eye contact can cause deception
For decades, people believe that a liar could not stand an eye-to-eye contact. But this is not generally true. In fact, many studies found that liars are better eye gazers than those who tell the truth. The reason is that because many people believe in the idea that eye contact shows truthfulness, a liar may engage more eye contact than the truth-teller.
There you go you. Now that you’ve learned the psychology of eye contact, it is time to apply these concepts. These simple trivia may help you understand the power of your eyes. This will also shield you against social threats and deception.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.