For example, you can see Daniel Radcliffe in the following video looking up after being asked a question (timestamp 1:20):
Someone might also look up at the ceiling or the sky when things seem impossible or when a person has a run of bad luck 1 . For example, imagine a golfer making a putt. He concentrates and puts everything he has into that swing but misses. Bummer! You might see him look up as if to say, “Why God, why!?” to relieve his stress and tension.
What It Means: Combined with slightly raised eyebrows or a smile, sideways glances communicate interest and are more common among women than men. However, look for this cluster:
- tilted head motion
- sideways glance or a brief roll of the eyes
On the other hand, these glances could signal that we are suspicious, uncertain, hostile, or critical. We show this by lowered eyebrows or the corners of our mouth, followed by a furrowed brow.
We may even “eye point” as a secretive signal. If a person does this to you, they are warning you that someone has entered the room out of your line of vision 5 . Eye points can even be a fraction of a second in which we quickly glance in someone’s direction with an intense stare, then return the gaze to the listener to see if they understood our message. (more…)