What is the body language of surprise



  • 1 Raised eyebrows

    When a person gets surprised, they might raise their eyebrows. See also why people touch their brows.

  • 2 The lower jaw might drop

    If the surprise is strong enough then the lower jaw of a person might drop as well.

  • 3 Raised upper lids

    When a person gets surprised, their upper lid might be raised. 

  • 4 Lips move slightly upwards

    When a person gets surprised, the edges of their lips might move slightly upwards.

  • 5 The eyes might open

    When a person gets surprised, their eyes might open and become wider. The more intense the surprise, the more obvious the widening of the eye becomes.

  • 6 Jumping forward in a chair

    When a person gets surprised, they might jump forward in a chair, especially if they are anticipating the news. See also the body language of anxiety.

  • 7 The person might stay still for seconds

    A person might stay still for seconds after getting surprised as their mind takes time to analyze what happened. See also the body language of confidence.