Reading Emotions: Disengagement/Displeasure

Beth not only mentally switches off from the ad on TV; she also shows that she dislikes it.

To begin with, the ad on the screen doesn’t hold her interest: she looks blankly at the TV screen and touches her hair in a distracted way.

Then the mouth show key signs of annoyance: she presses her lips together tightly and pulls down the corners of her mouth. She purses her lips with displeasure and disengages from the screen by glancing away and blinking.

Signs to note

  • watching with an unfocused gaze
  • she touches her hair
  • compresses her lips
  • stretches and pulls down the corners of her mouth
  • purses her lips
  • glances away to her right

By John Habershon

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