- Type: TiNe
- Development: l--l
- Attitude: Adaptive
Lower Eye Area
The second aspect to the ocular tension relates to the lower part of the obicularis oculi. Signal #1 dealt with the upper eyelids area, but this one deals with the general area to the left/right and bottom of the eyes.
Ne: Relaxed Eye Area
Se: Taut Eye-Area
The GIFs above were all deliberately chosen from comparably young people, in order to remove accidental correlation to age or wrinkles. Wrinkles do not mean Ne relaxed eye area, nor does lack of wrinkles mean Se. So what is the difference between these two GIF sets?
When there is no smiling or animated motion, both can appear quite similar to each other, so GIFs were chosen that demonstrate a dynamic contraction via an intruding smile from below. It’s only in the dynamic contraction of the face that Relaxed vs Taut eye-area becomes apparent.
In short, the Ne eye area is not stretched, thus causing any intrusion upon it from other muscles to result in a quick/immediate folding and crinkling. Oppositely, the Se eye-area is taut by default, causing a “collision” of tension when other facial muscles intrude upon that space.
This is seen most clearly in Keira Knightley’s GIF above (the bottom Se image) where we can see the collision happening:
…and this is what causes the manic/intense look of some Se/Ni users. It doesn’t always have to look this extreme to be Se, though. This is moreso to help illustrate the difference most clearly, but Se tension can be more subtle than this and can be identified as a generally planar eye area when at rest.
This is in contrast to the look on Ne, where there is a much more graceful surrender of ocular territory:
The difference here, again, isn’t the wrinkes, but the pattern of folding that occurs due to present or absent clashing of muscles. And it doesn’t always require a smile to identify the difference– as Ne’s eyes may have some of this folding even without a smile being present too.