When I do not know someone well or even do not care about them, I take it at face value. Otherwise I sometimes tend to read between lines. It's not something I can control... it is the way I am.
I take things at face value until I'm asked to sign them.
..I can't help but to read between the lines...lol
Never take people at face value, everyone is on the make!
I see big pictures fast.
A combination of both.
One page at a time. You never know what you will find