Well the joke is on me, Blog-Buddies. After sketching out a two-part series of articles with aura reading the rich and famous and beloved Lena Dunham, can I finally finish today’s article and do more of the things on my list for today? Hahaha. Nope.
I must * must * must first do today’s bit of reading body language. Because this is tooooo fascinating to resist. And I’m sure you will have fun with the special experiment that you’ll be given in today’s article.
What can you learn about Lena Dunham a photo where she flashes her most distinctive smile?
Sure, consider this new series reading Lena Dunham to be an extra fancy Second Prize for our contest on What Could Possibly Make This Person Tick? (This second prize acknowledges the nomination that received the most comments from different Blog-Buddies during the contest period. BRANDI began this with a detailed, articulate and fascinating comment about Lena Dunham.)
Ordinarily I don’t include body language in work with energetic literacy. The big exception is my how-to book “Read People Deeper,” which supplements body language with face reading and aura reading. A book that is on my mind as it is going live this week as an ebook for the first time. (More on that later this week.)
But there I was this morning, starting to choose a better photo of Lena Dunham so I could read her aura. The first link supplied by BRANDI in her wonderful contest entry, with a generous supply of links, was A bad photo for an aura reading. Why? Lena Dunham was turned around in a twisty, cutesy pose that was fine for a publicity shot but really awful for aura reading. When I happened to see her smile.
About this Lena Dunham Smile
This isn’t just a fake smile. It is a very rare and distinctive kind of fake smile.
Granted, it isn’t the only kind of fake smile that Lena Dunham has employed in a publicity photo. Because both of the first two links that BRANDI sent me with the contest entry contained a fake smile, and a different type of fake smile.
I won’t go into much detail about that second one. All of us are used to seeing little closed-mouth smirks that are supposed to socially read as “smiles.”
It’s the common currency used so often on TV, streaming shows, etc., the bitcoin version of an actual smile.
If you click on this next link, I’m sure you will recognize this fake kind of smile. (It is actually interpreted in great detail, one little section in a book crammed with info. about how to have better relationships through deeper perception, “Read People Deeper.”)
- You can see a sort of Half-Lena distinctive fake smile in the photo at the top of this blog. Open it up with this body language link and expand it to get really clear detail. Instead of a fake smile with curving lips and no parting of those lips, it is a mouth scrunched up high, then open exactly enough to show a teensy bit of her front teeth close to the gum line.
- By contrast, here’s the real attention-getting the Full-Lena distinctive fake smile. Wow!
I’d describe this as a fake smile with curving lips and a sliver of parted lips, like a new moon. Altogether, the entire mouth is scrunched up way high, near the gum line. Then enough muscular control is exerted over the lower lip to reveal the start of many of Lena Dunham’s top teeth.
What does this mean about a person, smiling like this?
Would you like to improve your skills at reading body language and expression? One way to develop more expertise is to do an experiment that helps you to understand, in a personal way, how it feels to you. What happens if you copy what you’re aiming to research? Although you won’t necessarily feel the same way as that other person, you will feel SOMETHING, since human beings are wired to work that way. Mirror neurons are just the start….
Well, if you’re game, let’s explore why on earth you probably would never, ever willingly smile this way even in private. Let alone with a publicity photo.
Yes, you’re invited to an experiment, Blog-Buddies. This is so quick and surfacey, I wouldn’t even count this as Technique Time (for those of you who keep track).
- For supplies you will need your own personal face. Plus a comfortable place to sit or stand. Make that place near a mirror that you can look at on the level (not angling down, as with a mirror lying flat on a table).
- Keep handy a pen and paper for some scribble-writing. Substitute your favorite electronic way of making notes, like a computer or tablet. Please don’t text unless you are totally fluent at texting; if this takes effort, don’t text for this little experiment.
- You’ll also need 2-3 minutes of your time.
- Open up the photo link to the Full-Lena distinctive fake smile. Have it ready but don’t look at closely it yet.
In keeping with my new policy about meticulously honoring photo copyrights, I no longer provide links to pictures saved on services like Photobucket. Your best choice for being able to see the photo referred to in a blog post is to stay current, maybe check in at this blog once a week or more often. When reading an older article, you may not be able to find the same photo I used originally. Seek here for a photograph.
Read through the following instructions only when you have done all three steps.
How to research Lena Dunham’s fake smile in a very personal way
- Sit or stand comfortably.
- Close your eyes very briefly. Notice something about how you feel as a person right now.
- Open your eyes and do a little scribble writing to record what you just noticed.
- Look at her photo. Then copy the way Lena Dunham is holding her mouth. Use the mirror to practice. Once you have that, hold that position for several seconds.
- Repeat Steps 2 and 3.
- Compare what you wrote in Steps 3 and 5. That, of course, is the result (for you) of doing that particular smile.
I won’t share my experience until after you Blog-Buddies have had a chance to experiment on your own. Please do share your comments below. And don’t necessarily read anyone else’s comments first. Go forth and boldly share.
I’ll write tomorrow’s post with the results of my experiment now, and then make today’s article live.
Have fun with this, Blog-Buddies.