I asked my husband what color our car was. Then I asked him to describe what our daughter looks like. Then I asked him to tell me what our last conversation was about.
He answered each question and then he said, "Honey, what in the world is going on? Why are you asking me those questions?" He laughed nervously, raised his eyebrows, opened his eyes widely and stared at me. I had to laugh at his expression, and I had to tell him, he’d failed every one of the eye body language signs.
I attended an online writing workshop recently and one of the subjects discussed was a tic. This interested me since I give my characters tics. Certain movements they repeat when they are feeling a certain way. Some voluntary and some involuntary, like one of the ladies wears her hair in a tight bun, but periodically when she's unsure of something she'll run her hand across it as if she's putting a stray hair in it's proper place. I also I have an MC whose ear tips turn red when he's angry or embarrassed.
I found that I mostly look straight at people no matter if I'm thinking, remembering, telling the truth or lying. When I'm alone the eye facial movement that I seem to have the most is the looking up to the right. That's in first person. If I were looking at you, you would be looking up to the left. The article says I am constructing images in my head.
The art of reading body language is just that an art. I believe you also need to get to know your subjects and how they react to certain situations in order to read them more accurately. You know your characters as well as you know the people who are closest to you so you should be able to give them realistic tics.
I saw this on one of the research sites and decided to try it.
You try it too: Sit-up straight, raise your head, take a deep breath and exhale deeply, open your eyes, pull your shoulders back, and smile. You feel more awake, energized and confident, don’t you? Let me know.
Here’s another site I enjoyed while I was researching body language:
If you followed the above link, let me know if you feel these people will stay together.