Reading The Mind In The Eyes: How Eye Feel

I like words that look like the things that they mean.

One of these words is “eye”. The picture *eye* looks like a face with a pair of eyes.

Based on the word, the picture, their meaning, and the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test, I created my own version of reading the mind in the eyes to express how eye feel.

I made this picture:

Can you read the mind in the *eye*?

In this picture, the mind is angry.

Anger was the easiest emotion to depict. In the *eye*, the downward-slanting eyes and the tight lips give it away right away, not to mention the square irises and the color red. In real life, no one has square irises, but I think that they work in this picture to convey the emotion of anger.

The color red is associated with anger, as in “red-hot anger”. For most people in most situations, red-hot is pretty damn hot, but if you’re really really really angry, then you can upgrade to white-hot. White-hot anger is hotter than red-hot anger, because white-hot is hotter than red-hot. As objects are heated to higher and higher temperatures, they emit electromagnetic radiation of higher and higher frequencies. Red-hot objects emit lower-frequency radiation in the red range of visible light, while white-hot objects emit radiation over the entire spectrum of visible light, from red to green to blue, so they appear white to the human eye. However, both red-hot and white-hot objects emit most of their radiation in the infrared range, which is invisible, like 90% of the Titanic iceberg below the surface of the sea, or 90% of your anger that cannot be expressed in your *eye* alone, but must also involve the scratching out of your frenemy’s eyes, hisssssss, spit, claw claw, meee-ow, me-owww meee-owwwwwww!

Here is another picture:

Can you read the mind in the *eye*?

In this picture, the mind is sad.

Sadness was also easy to depict. The poor little *eye* looks like it is about to cry. I feel sad for it, sniff sniff sniff. Notice the poor little eyes scrunching up and the poor little lips quivering. Aren’t you sad for it, the poor little *eye*? Sniffle. Sniffle. Notice the color blue, a light blue that brings to mind the running of water in interminable inconsolable cascades down the finely-sculpted features of the *eye*, poor little thing. Don’t you just wanna hug it and kiss it and make eberrything bester for it? Awww, nose-blow, wipe, snot, snot, snot, wipe.

In figurative language, sadness can be expressed as “feeling blue”. I googled this figure of speech and found pictures showing a dark shade of blue, a saturated royal blue that would not have worked as well as the light blue in this picture. Unlike light blue, royal blue does not bring to mind the moving picture of running water, which is the most overt expression of emotion on the sadness spectrum, but it does work for a generally low mood, which is what “feeling blue” is especially meant to express. On my personal spectrum of sad emotions, “feeling blue” occupies a teeny-tiny range, like the range of visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum, and I don’t experience it much, but I do feel the stronger, purer, simpler emotion of sadness, as much, or more, than most.

I also made this picture:

Can you read the mind in the *eye*?

In this picture, the mind is happy.

The mind is happy in a bright cheerful kind of way, hence the color orange for bright cheerful things. The *eye* is expressing a calm collected contentment, the kind of happiness that I feel when I sit down to watch a Red Sox game on TV, with my personal-size bottles of wine all around me to sip, in moderation, whenever a Red Sox pitcher walks a Skankee batter. Without the wine bottles, I feel anxiety, which is what I used to feel when I watched Red Sox games on TV, before I was blessed with the brilliant bubbly of surrounding myself with itsy-bitsy bottles of wine, happy snappy for the continuance of my sanity.

What the *eye* is not expressing is the stronger, purer, simpler emotion of joy. For me, joy is not orange, but white. Not white-hot or white-cold, but white, just white, with no other stimulus to complicate it. Orange is for everyday Red Sox games between April and September, but white is for the Red Sox winning the World Series in October, when the happy snappy is to be poured, not down the gullet, but over the head instead.

Another picture:

Can you read the mind in the *eye*?

In this picture, the mind is scared.

Scared was not easy to depict. I drew several versions, but I was not really satisfied with any of them. Outside of horror movies, this expression is only fleetingly seen, so perhaps that was why I had so much trouble drawing it. It is only when the terrifying hair-faced onryo from The Grudge is creeping face-first down the stairs that you are wearing this expression on your face for an extended period of time, the whole time that the onryo is creeping slowly down the stairs, while you are standing at the bottom, eyes wide open and mouth agape, waiting for it to creep slowly down the stairs to suck out your soul and turn you into it.

Although this depiction is not the bestest, the color yellow adds a little something to it. When the whites of your eyes have turned yellow for any reason at all, you know that something is horribly wrong, and it would behoove you to be afraid, very very very afraid, scared, scared out of your mind.

I made this picture too:

Can you read the mind in the *eye*?

In this picture, the mind is surprised.

Surprised was another difficult emotion to depict. In the *eye*, it was hard to differentiate between surprised and scared. I tried to do it by drawing the mouth with the corner turned farther up than down. I think that it works if you imagine yourself hearing the news that your mother, father, brother, or sister has just gotten a sex change operation out of the blue…


Yet another picture:

Can you read the mind in the *eye*?

In this picture, the mind is disgusted.

Disgusted was also difficult to depict, but I was satisfied with this version. The narrowing of the eyes and the twisting of the lips convey the emotion of disgust. In particular, the mind in the *eye* is disgusted with someone, not something. When you are disgusted with something, like a puddle of puke, or a bucket of barf, replete with the recognizable remnants of your McDonald’s Happy Meal within, your lips twist, but your eyes don’t stare. Instead, they scrunch themselves up, as in the depiction of sadness, to avoid focusing, clearstalcrys, on the disgusting volumes of vomit in their field of view.

It is only when you are disgusted with the disgusting behaviors of a disgusting person that you are disgustedly staring with your disgusted eyes, disgustedly staring at the disgusting person to communicate to them your disgusted censure of their disgusting acts. You are disgusted and displeased, and you want them to know it. Your expression of disgust is tinged with anger, as shown by the square irises formed from the narrowing of your eyes. Although square irises are not commonly…or uncommonly…seen in real life, they work in these depictions of anger and disgust, because they, being square, are edged, hard, and hard-edged, as are these emotions in real life.

Angry, Sad, Happy, Scared, Surprised, and Disgusted, these are the six basic emotions and emotional expressions of everyday life. As an autistic person, I feel them all, and I feel them all strongly, in all different situations, and with all different people and things.

Collect all six: Reading the Mind in the Eyes

Collect all six: How Eye Feel

Thank you for reading, minding, and collecting all six!

And remember:


2 thoughts on “Reading The Mind In The Eyes: How Eye Feel

    • I will hide a *mind* there next time, and you will get them all right! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I call the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test the “Reading the Eyes in the Mind” test. I like latter bester than former, because latter mind is my mind, and former someone else’s. I dunno what they’re thinking behind their eyes, but I know what their eyeballs look like.

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