Monday, September 19, 2011

Surprise – Responses, Mannerisms, Behaviors

Surprise can be good, bad or neutral and is normally followed quickly by a separate emotion. (Happiness, Anger, Sadness, etc...)
Some indications of Surprise are:

  • Briefly raised eyebrows
  • high raised eyebrows that curve
  • tight skin between eyebrows and eyes
  • wrinkled forehead (long horizontal across)
  • wide open eyes
  • white of eyes visible all around
  • open mouth
  • jaw dropped or slack so that it hangs loose
  • sharp intake of breath
  • gasp
  • yell, shriek, scream
  • jump
  • physical trembling/shaking

  • Stomach lurches (when surprise is negative)

Long term, a person may be more cautious in circumstances that caused surprise or may take more to be surprised again.

What other mannerisms, behaviors, or responses do you associate with surprise?
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    1. gaping, taking backward steps in alarm, goosebumps are few other mannerisms I guess. Great concept for a blog!

    2. Great ideas, Thank you, Shilpa!


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