How paying attention to peoples expressions can help you find your muse
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The expressions of people’s faces can be very inspirational. We are all hardwired to communicate your thoughts through our face (especially our eyes) and watching people facial reactions can be a great way to find ideas and inspirations.
The look on their face
Go to the mirror and show yourself the following faces:
That was pretty easy right?
You probably flashed through each of these expressions in a matter of seconds, and if you put at least a bit of effort into it, anyone watching you could have probably told you which each of the expressions were.
Now think about how were able to flash these emotions across your face so easily.
When you did “happy” how did you get happiness to show up on your face? If you are anything like me, you probably quickly thought of something happy and then let your facial muscles take over. The same can probably said about the other three emotions. For each one of them you probably allowed yourself to quickly sink into the moment and your instincts took over.
Now think about how easy it was for you to identify each of these emotions. This is because people, being social animals, are hardwired to indentify facial expressions on those around them. This ability helps us facilitate interaction and communication with others. If someone approaching you with their face screwed into an angry scowl, for example, you will generally find yourself tense and ready for confrontation before a word is spoken. Or, if you are talking to someone and their eyes have a glint of happiness in them, you generally feel yourself becoming happy knowing that the interaction is going well.
How expressions can inspire
Paying attention to the expressions that people are wearing on their face can help inspire and motivate you in a number of different ways.
One way that you can get ideas is to watch people around you and discern how each of them communicates his or her feelings. For example some people are very open with their expressions, their faces giving away exactly what they are feeling. These types of people are great indicators. By showing you exactly what they think of a performance, a work of art or a piece of writing, they can tell you which sort of creative direction you might want to head in. Other people try to keep their emotions on a tight leash, giving only a slight suggestion of what they are feeling telling in their eyes. These poker faces can also be great motivators, urging you to continue to chip away at their stone visage until they crack and give you an indication they might be feeling through their soul windows.
Expressions are also great way to study human nature in different situations. For example, next time you are waiting in a long line take notice of what range of emotions people are showing. You will probably see a few people bored, other people casting angry glares towards whatever they perceive is holding things up and even a few people giddy with excitement for whatever everyone is waiting in line for. Watching these people and how they react in the given situation can help unlock a number of ideas and inspirations about the human condition.