Marriage proposals can get pretty creative, but often the reactions are the same. Women typically cover their faces once they realize what is happening. Psychologist David Rose says our faces tell people what we're feeling, and at the moment of a proposal, the emotions are so intense that not covering the face would feel like being naked in public.
Rose told NPR that it might be cause for concern if a woman doesn't engage in this form of "shielding." He said:
"It's as though the woman is thinking, 'Oh, my god, this is going deep into my soul, what am I showing here?' When I see the very few who don't do it, I wonder, what does this mean? Are they unusually non-emotional? Does it mean they don't care about this guy? I don't know."
I went back and looked at some of the YouTube marriage proposals we've covered, and it's true: the woman usually covers her face! The woman who was asked "will you marry me?" after a long game of telephone did, as did the women in these Flickr images below. Do you buy that covering the face signals overwhelming feelings, or do you think it's just a result of embarrassment or surprise?
Source: Flickr User mancake