What Does It Mean if Someone Closes Their Eyes While Talking? (All You Need To Know)

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 6 min.

So you’re in a conversation and you notice someone closing their eyes while talking to you. But what does it really mean and why would a person do this to you?

When people close their eyes while talking to you, it may mean that they are not listening to you. They may be daydreaming and thinking about other things. They may also be giving themselves a moment to collect their thoughts before responding.

There are many reasons why someone would close their eyes while talking to you here are the most common.

  1. They are eye-blocking you.
  2. They are thinking about what they are saying.
  3. They are trying to remember something.
  4. They are trying to visualize what they are saying.
  5. They are trying to block out distractions.
  6. They are bored or tired.
  7. They are lying.
  8. They are attracted to you.

This is a very common social cue that people use to indicate they are not interested in what the other person is saying. It can also be a sign of concentration, or even that they are not comfortable with the conversation.

It can be difficult to read someone’s body language, but if you see someone close their eyes while talking to you, it’s important to pay attention and try to understand what they might be trying to communicate. That’s why we need to take into consideration the context of where you see this behavior, but what is context and how do we use it.

What Is Context In Body Language?

The context of body language is the environment and circumstances surrounding a person. The context of your body language is determined by many factors such as the type of conversation, the location, and other people in the vicinity. This non-verbal communication can reveal a lot about what is going on with a person and why they close their eyes whilst talking to you.

8 Reasons Why Someone Would Close Their Eyes While Talking.

Closing your eyes while talking usually means one of two things: either you’re so lost in thought that you’re not really paying attention to the person you’re talking to, or you’re so comfortable with the person that you don’t feel the need to make eye contact.

In either case, it’s generally considered impolite to close your eyes while talking, so if you find yourself doing it stop.

Here are 8 of the top reasons why someone would close their eyes while in conversation with you

1. Eye Blocking.

Eye blocking is a gesture that can be used to indicate anger. When someone is angry, they may refuse to make eye contact by closing their eyes.

This behavior indicates that they are trying to avoid thinking about what you are saying. An example of this could be you are having a conversation with your partner about where they were last night and they close their eyes while speaking to you about where they were.

2. They are thinking about what they are saying.

When you notice someone closing their eyes while talking to you, they could be thinking about what they’re saying. When you close your eyes, you’re giving your brain more power to think. Think about the conversation you’re having and the person you’re having it with before jumping to the conclusion that they’re being rude.

3. They are trying to remember something.

I know that sometimes when I try to remember something, I’ll either close my eyes or look off into the distance to try and jog my memory. I think this allows me more power to access the information just like a computer in my mind.

“My brain works like an imaginary torch shining a light in a dark room full of files.” By closing my eyes, I can access the information quicker.

Again, think about the context of the conversation and the dynamic in the room.

4. They are trying to visualize what they are saying.

I’ve been involved in various creative pursuits throughout my life and have tried to describe things either through performing or just in conversations. One way is by closing my eyes and picturing things more vividly. A lot of the time I’ll picture what I’m seeing in my head, then go on to describe it verbally.

5. They are trying to block out distractions.

Sometimes when a person closes their eyes it’s as simple as blocking out distractions so they can focus their attention while talking to you.

6. They are bored or tired.

When a person becomes bored or tired, they may display this by closing their eyes while talking to you. This, along with a shift in feet or body, is a good indication that they no longer want to talk with you. Pay attention to other body language cues if you think this is the case. Check out negative body language cues.

7. They are lying.

Studies have shown that when someone closes their eyes while talking to you, it is generally a sign that they’re lying. That doesn’t mean they are always lying; this is just a common nonverbal cue for lying.

To understand someone you need to look at multiple clusters of information. It’s not possible to come to a conclusion based on one piece of information so as closing their eyes. If you want to figure out if they are lying then check out Body Language For Lying (You can’t hide the truth for long)

8. Attracted To You.

When it comes to picking up on social cues, the eyes can be a powerful tool. When an individual looks away or closes their eyes, they may be trying to control their emotions and not give anything away. This behavior could mean that they are attracted to you.

Questions And Answers.

1. What does it mean if someone closes their eyes while talking? 

There could be various reasons why someone would close their eyes while talking. It could be a sign of discomfort, nervousness, Strong emotions, or simply trying to better concentrate on what is being said.  

2. Do people usually close their eyes when they are deep in thought? 

There is no one answer to this question as people vary in their habits when deep in thought. Some people may close their eyes to better focus on their thoughts, while others may keep them open.  

3. What are some other reasons why people might close their eyes while talking? 

Other reasons people might close their eyes while talking include: trying to remember something, being deep in thought, being sad or emotional, being tired, or being in pain.  

4. Do you think that closing your eyes while talking makes you appear more sincere? 

Some people may feel that closing your eyes while talking makes you appear more sincere as it can show that you are focused on the conversation and are not distracted by anything else.  

5. Do you think that closing your eyes while talking can make it harder for the person you are talking to understand what you are saying? 

Yes, it can make it harder for the person to understand what you are saying because they cannot see your facial expressions or lip movements.  

Summary

People close their eyes while talking for various reasons, including discomfort, nervousness, strong emotions, or concentration. Some people believe that it makes them appear more sincere, but it can also make it harder for the person they are talking to understand them. We hope you learned something and if you can please check out our website for other interesting topics on body language.