Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4031: One Gesture to Never Use When Condemning Neo-Nazis - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Palm-down gestures should be rarely be displayed by anyone in a leadership position. Illustrators that are oriented with the palm facing downward are hyper-alpha and hyper-aggressive. They're patronizing and condescending. They're rapport destroying and contempt projecting.

While palm-down gestures may solidify the opinions of (some of) those who already agree with you - and further alienate those who previously disagree with you - like all alpha and hyper-alpha body language, they will crucially serve distance the opinions of those who people who are undecided. Thus from a leadership or any kind of political point-of-view, palm-down gestures should be strongly avoided.

These effects are greatly amplified when they're overused - and when an outstretched arm is employed.

Fascinatingly, palm-down gestures also will result in a poorer recall of the subject matter by any members of the audience (even an audience of one) - a detail which should not be lost on politicians, professors or parents.
























On Tuesday, President Trump held a press conference where, in answering questions regarding the recent violence and loss of life in Charlottesville, he said, "there's blame on both sides". Many people, including many current high-level Republican office holders, feel Donald Trump is very much practicing a "Moral Equivalency" between Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white supremacists - and those standing up to these and other hate groups.

Summary: From a body language perspective, palm-down gestures - especially those made with an outstretched arm, should almost never be used by anyone in a leadership position. In the past several days, as Donald Trump has claimed to distance himself from the Neo-Nazi movement, this nonverbal principal is particularly germane, as it evokes memories and feelings associated with the quite similar Nazi Salute.























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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4024: Donald Trump Threatens "Fire and Fury" to North Korea

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4011: Anthony Scaramucci's First UK Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 3985: Grief, Pain, and Barometers of Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 3974: Elle Fanning, Robert De Niro, and Easter

Body Language Analysis No. 3958: Vladimir Putin interview with Megyn Kelly


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





There is one crucial expression Donald Trump never displayed during any of his statements regarding the recent violence and tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It's certainly an expression he should have made - for it's indicative of the emotions of sadness, grief - and the empathy one feels for other peoples' suffering. This is true regardless of whether their suffering is physical, emotional, or both.

Look at the image below. On the evening of 28 January 1986, Ronald Reagan gave a speech regarding the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (the entire speech is included at the bottom of this article). Note the muscles of his central forehead are contracted and vectored upward (an elevated CFC). Concomitantly, his inner (medial) eyebrows are also elevated - while simultaneously, his outer (lateral) eyebrows are lowered. The corners of his mouth are also down-turned



























Regardless of your political affiliation, if you were watching President Reagan's speech that day, you had no doubt Ronald Reagan was truly feeling grief for the families and loved-ones of those seven Astronauts. It's also not surprising (to those with modest or high empathy quotients) that just by looking at a picture or video of another person who is sad, suffering, or grieving (without even knowing any specifics) - will engender those same emotions in the viewer.

Grieving is absolutely necessary for healing. When a leader grieves, they give both a momentary and historical personification for our collective grieving. And it's in these moments when our grief is shared that perhaps we're most human.






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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4029: Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, and Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4008: Veteran Who Survived Dunkirk Reacts to Film

Body Language Analysis No. 3978: Keanu Reeves, Chuck Spadina, Sincerity, and Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 3976: Bill Conner bicycles 1,400 miles to hear his daughter's beating heart again

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2922: Evacuating Yazidis from Iraq's Mount Sinjar - A Daughter's Anguish, Empathy and Mirror Neurons  


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4029: Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, and Sincerity - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)





























Heather Heyer was counter-protesting against the White Nationalists on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was killed when a car driven by James Alex Fields deliberately sped into a crowd. At least nineteen other people were injured.

In the image above, Ms. Heyer can be seen displaying a sincere smile. Many people erroneously believe that sincere smiles must include teeth being displayed. Heather's smile is an excellent example of a sincere smile - yet where no teeth are visible.

The most crucial component of any sincere (Duchenne) smile are the eyes. The eyelids should ALWAYS be partially closed - AND there must ALWAYS be a temporary, concave-up furrows present in the lower eyelids. Heather Heyer's picture includes both of these features.

(Sometimes the lower lid furrow is reduced with Botox treatments - which is not the case here.)

Also, notice that Ms. Heyer's forehead is not contracted, but relaxed - which is another required element of a true, joy-happiness smile.

Heather's cheek muscles, along with the corners of her mouth, are vectored primarily upward. In distinction, with insincere smiles (aka social, acted, feigned) - there is a primary lateral (sideways) direction of the mouth's corners - and while the cheek muscles may contract - they barely move upward.

Whether or not teeth are visible is the least important component of any true smile - and, again, the exposure of teeth is NOT required in order for the smile to be sincere. Moreover, when teeth are visible - they should only the upper teeth (exceptions to this rule include a downward angle of the viewer/camera - or if the person is either beginning to, or just finishing with sincere laughter [for the lower teeth are exposed during sincere laughter - just not with sincere smiles]).

Notice too, that Ms. Heyer's head is tilted slightly to her left - and it's leaning somewhat forward. In this context, these features are "Sincerity Amplifiers". That is to say, a tilting and forward leaning of her head and neck up-regulate the warmth of her smile. These are green light signals - further "allowing us in" to a person's heart and mind. They are features which build rapport over and above that of a (baseline) sincere smile.

My deep condolences to the loved-ones of Heather Heyer. Stay strong.


See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4024: Donald Trump Threatens "Fire and Fury" to North Korea

Body Language Analysis No. 4022: Jessica Alba's Rules for Naming Her Baby 

Body Language Analysis No. 4018: Alexis Bledel and "The Handmaid's Tale"

Body Language Analysis No. 4010: Lisa Murkowski Responds To Donald Trump's Criticism

Body Language Analysis No. 3992: Angela Merkel's Eye Roll for Vladimir Putin's Mansplaining

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3921: Kim Jong-un, North Korea, Alpha Status, and Clapping

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3875: Children Interrupt Dad During BBC News interview

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3857: Taunting a Snowplow Driver - Belleville, Ontario


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Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





President Trump spoke briefly on Saturday after the violence and death during protests in Charlottesville. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of a crucial portion of his statement.

PRESIDENT TRUMP (continuing at 3:49 in the above video): ... But we're closely following, the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides...




























During 3:59, immediately after President Trump says, "... we condemn in the strongest possible terms ...", he tilts his head to his left. This is a profound Red Flag.

The tilting of President Trump's head just after making such a declarative statement is a highly reliable signal of contradiction. His beliefs/convictions are not consistent with his statement. The words are not at all congruent with his body language.

Notice also the tone (paralanguage) of the President's voice - for it's not at all consistent with strength of belief

The President's lack of eye contact in this context is also very telling. As president, there are certainly speeches when one must read from a script or teleprompter - and perhaps that principle applies to portions of this speech - but not this portion. This particular sentence was the most important one of his entire statement.
























During 4:05 - 4:06, Donald Trump performs a back-handed, hand sweep, as he says, "... on many sides ..."

























And immediately following, during 4:06 - 4:07, he repeats a truncated version of the hand sweep gesture, as he also verbally repeats, "... on many sides ..." at a lower volume and lower pitch.

Hand sweeping signals low priority, dismissive, and contemptuous emotional tones. It's a very much nonverbally saying, "This is beneath me" and "What does it matter?".


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement

Body Language Analysis No. 4023: Mike Pence, The 2020 Presidential Race, and Anger

Body Language Analysis No. 4021: Stephen Miller's and Jim Acosta's confrontation

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4006: Vladimir Putin and Melania Trump at the G20

Body Language Analysis No. 3983: Female Kurdish sniper fighting IS narrowly cheats death

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2313: Elisa Lam Video in Elevator at Cecil Hotel - What Her Body Language Tells Us


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





There are numerous body language (and common sense) red flags in this video. When behavior is "Out of Context" for a given scenario, it's always a warning sign. Some of these behaviors are obvious and some are more subtle, but the ramifications are all quite serious.

1. Walking away from a police officer when commands are being given:
    This is, of course, always highly suspicious behavior

2. The nonchalance, casualness, and bounce of the suspect's gait/walking pattern:
    Highly out-of-context behavior when confronted by Law Enforcement

3. Persisting in talking on the phone (or faking a call) while being given commands by an officer:
    Classic decoy/camouflage/misdirection behavior 

4. Only turning his head and neck - and then only partially, with his back to the officer - 
    when being threatened with tasing:
    More non-disclosing, clandestine implying, and non-acquiescing behavior -
    All highly out-of-context

5. Right hand in his pocket:
    Yes, it may be cold, and there could be a benign reason for it, however, this is a warning sign
    any cop, street-wise adult, or even child knows - and it's particularly suspect when a command
    is being given to "Get Your Hands Out of Your Pockets" by an officer

6. Index finger of the opposite hand extended (whether talking on a phone or pretending to):

    If this particular signal was not present, then, of course, all of the above behaviors would 
    easily carry sufficient threat assessment weight which should have indicated to the officer
    that the suspect was very probably armed.

   Yet, it's a profound nonverbal sign which very much adds nonverbal evaluation ...

    This extended index finger signal (with or without a feigned or real phone call) is one,
    which, even if you're a cop, that you probably missed. An index finger extended in this setting
    carries a lot of meaning. It's a high alpha, high adrenaline, dominance display - when, in this
    particular context, the vast majority of people would normally be feeling very beta.
  
    It's also a nonverbal gun metaphor - to have one's index finger (forefinger) extended 
    with the other fingers contracted. At times, he was even pointing this "body language gun"
    symbol toward the officer prior to the literal gun was exposed.

    His left index finger is in a high adrenaline state because his right index finger was also in a 
    high adrenaline state (preparing to pull the trigger). One hand will mirror the other hand -
    especially in moments which are far from emotional baseline.

 
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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4024: Donald Trump Threatens "Fire and Fury" to North Korea

Body Language Analysis No. 4022: Jessica Alba's Rules for Naming Her Baby

Body Language Analysis No. 4020: Bruce Willis and the "Death Wish" Remake

Body Language Analysis No. 4012: Anthony Scaramucci's and Reince Priebus' First (and Last) Photo in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4000: Garbiñe Muguruza, Wimbledon, and Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 3982: Bangkok Police Officer's De-Escalation Genius

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3922: Vladimir Putin and Michael Flynn in Moscow


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





During her recent guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, Aubrey Plaza displayed some classic (albeit rarely recognized) nonverbal behavior.

She was there promoting her most recent film, Ingrid Goes West - a movie in which she both acted and produced.

During 4:46 in the above video, just before the camera cut to the teaser segment, note that Ms. Plaza displays the following nonverbal cluster:
  • Inward Lip Roll (partial)
  • Thumb Twiddling
  • Knee Pulling/Hamstring Dissonance
An inward lip roll (ILR) is a subconscious effort to suppress further facial displays of outwardly manifested emotions as well as squelching the growth of inward feelings.

Thumb Twiddling is a common, nonspecific, anxiety indicator.

The display of "Knee Pulling" or its synonym implies, "Hamstring Dissonance" is a signal of conflicting emotions. It's as if to say, "I'm excited, but I'm nervous" - or "I want to show you, but don't want to show you". This is a very telling behavior, as it betrays conflicting emotions which are usually not indicated verbally.

Summary: Despite the fact that Ms. Plaza is a very accomplished actor, when "Aubrey is just being Aubrey", she's not nearly so skilled at projecting desired emotions - and her body language - in context.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement

Body Language Analysis No. 4023: Mike Pence, The 2020 Presidential Race, and Anger

Body Language Analysis No. 4021: Stephen Miller and Jim Acosta confrontation 

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4003: Donald Trump, "Let Obamacare Fail"

Body Language Analysis 3988: Kim Jong-un, ICBMs, False Joy, and Fake Laughter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3802: Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey and UFC 207 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3771: Tom Hanks Reenacts Iconic Forrest Gump Scene

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3558: Jack Whitehall, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Lawrence and Body Language



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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Missiles in mid-August ...

Early Thursday, 10 August 2017, the state-run media KCNA announced that the North Korean Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) is "seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the US ..."

A few hours prior, on Wednesday 9 August, the US State Department's Spokesperson, Heather Nauert conducted a press briefing. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of a portion of that briefing - concentrating on Donald Trump's "Fire and Fury" comments yesterday regarding North Korea's nuclear threats.

JOURNALIST (beginning at 4:04): Thanks Heather. Um, so, i-, in the President's remarks and then in the Secretary's, um, ah, comments about the President's remarks, um, saying that it was the kind of language that, that North Korea would understand, and almost in a way - 'diplomatic-speak' - is that something, is that an approach the State Department was involved in? That the President took yesterday?

HEATHER NAUERT: Ah, the State Department, um, the President, the Secretary, and the President have ongoing conversations. Ah, they spoke earlier today. Ahum, this pressure campaign - with North Korea is something that we are all in agreement on. Folks in the US government are all in agreement i-, on. So, nothing, nothing has changed in that regard.

Note during 4:16, as the journalist says, "... understand ...", Ms. Nauert inhales deeply. This, in itself, is a nonspecific, general anxiety indicator. However, just two seconds later we see an outstanding example of a microexpression.
























 

Microexpressions are all, of course, very evanescent - and yet they come in many varieties. This particular one was in the form of a blink, followed by a sudden raising and lowering of both eyebrows (4:18 as the Journalist says, "... is that something ..."). Some refer to this as an "Eyebrow Flash" (Please watch this section of the video several times - as it is quite brief and must be observed in the dynamic context of motion). In this cluster-context, Ms. Nauert's eyebrow flash immediately following the journalist saying Rex Tillerson's assessment of Donald Trump's "Fire and Fury" statement is "Diplomatic-speak", indicates that she is in dramatic disagreement.


























Summary: US State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, does not at all believe that President Trump's "Fire and Fury" statement was diplomatic.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4024: Donald Trump Threatens "Fire and Fury" to North Korea

Body Language Analysis No. 4022: Jessica Alba's Rules for Naming Her Baby

Body Language Analysis No. 4020: Bruce Willis and the "Death Wish" Remake

Body Language Analysis No. 4018: Alexis Bledel and "The Handmaid's Tale"

Body Language Analysis No. 4016: Anthony Scaramucci - Faux Pas and Harbingers

Body Language Analysis No. 4012: Anthony Scaramucci's and Reince Priebus' First (and Last) Photo in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 3997: Donald Trump Jr., Natalia Veselnitskaya, and a Microexpression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3921: Kim Jong-un, North Korea, Alpha Status, and Clapping


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4024: Donald Trump Threatens "Fire and Fury" to North Korea - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Shades of October 1962 ... and things are moving quickly.

Earlier today, after a new report from US intelligence agencies said, they believe North Korea has now successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead - such that it can fit inside its ICBMs - Donald Trump made the following declaration:

North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening - ah, beyond a normal state - and as I said, they will be met with fire and fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”





























In response, Kim Jong-un is now threatening Guam.

What does Donald Trump's nonverbal behavior in this video tell us?

It's highly unusual for Mr. Trump to have his arms crossed - particularly in such a hand-covered and tighten fashion. It's even rarer for him to do so while he's speaking. Moreover, he's also sitting back, away from the table, against the support of his chair - which is also highly unusual for him. This cluster of behavior is highly beta and a form of self-hugging/self-comforting. It indicates a low level of emotional comfort and lower confidence.

And yet - the President's verbal statement, vocal qualities (paralanguage) and his facial nonverbal displays during this same time are quite extreme and very alpha in nature.


























Summary: This is an excellent example of alpha-beta hybrid behavior. Part of President Trump's display is very alpha - while other portions are quite beta. He is trying to be what he considers presidential while weighing the very real ramifications of "fire and fury". This indicates that Donald Trump's threat is very real - and, because his statement was extemporaneous, it carries even more weight. He is strongly and seriously considering a preemptive strike against North Korea in the near future.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4023: Mike Pence, The 2020 Presidential Race, and Anger

Body Language Analysis No. 4021: Stephen Miller's and Jim Acosta's exchange

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4017: Elisabeth Moss, Anthony Rizzo, and a Signal of Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 4002: Justin Trudeau Meets His Namesake

Body Language Analysis No. 3989: Peter Sagan Regarding his Disqualification from the Tour de France and Mark Cavendish's Crash

Body Language Analysis 3988: Kim Jong-un, ICBMs, False Joy, and Fake Laughter

Body Language Analysis No. 3965: Manspreading, Madrid, and a Business Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3872: "Fearless Girl" Statue in Manhattan's Financial District


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4023: Mike Pence, The 2020 Presidential Race, and Anger - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

























In refuting a New York Times article which said he was positioning himself to run for president in 2020, Vice President Mike Pence declared his loyalty on Sunday to President Trump. The VP responded with, "Today’s article in The New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family and our entire team. The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration."

Mike Pence's office issued this statement of denial - in writing - not via an interview or similar format. Thus we have no opportunity to correlate these words with his nonverbal behavior.

The image above of Mike Pence was taken in 2015 while he was Governor of Indiana (photo credit Gage Skidmore).

Note that his Inward Lip Roll is quite pronounced. There is also considerable coexisting tension of Pence's "Mustache Area". An inward lip roll (ILR) is a subconscious attempt to avoid a further crescendo of already strong emotions. Most of the time an inward lip roll appears in conjunction with a negative emotion (such as anger, frustration, impatience, etc.) - although it's sometimes seen in the suppression of positive emotions (e.g., joy-laughter during in socially awkward situations).

Now, look at his jaw. It's vectored forward in a configuration known as a "Jaw Jut". This particular jaw jut is quite extreme. Moreover, his accompanying chin dimpling indicates his teeth are also clenched.

Summary: This nonverbal cluster is classic - indicating Mike Pence was feeling anger - and suppressing it, at the time this image was captured.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4022: Jessica Alba's Rules for Naming Her Baby

Body Language Analysis No. 4020: Bruce Willis and the "Death Wish" Remake

Body Language Analysis No. 4018: Alexis Bledel and "The Handmaid's Tale"

Body Language Analysis No. 4016: Anthony Scaramucci - Faux Pas and Harbingers

Body Language Analysis No. 4005: O.J. Simpson's Parole Board Hearing

Body Language Analysis No. 4001: Jodie Whittaker, Dr. Who, and Flirting from a TARDIS

Body Language Analysis No. 3971: Elon Musk, Amber Heard, Affection, and Ownership

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3909: North Korea's Parade - Projecting Power and Control

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3823: Nina Dobrev, Flyboarding, Laughter and a Rapport/Bonding Amplifier


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4022: Jessica Alba's Rules for Naming Her Baby - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Jessica Alba was recently a guest on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show. During her appearance, she spoke about her recently announced her third pregnancy - and the rules she and her husband have for naming their child.

At 1:11, Ms. Alba continues, "... So, our kids had to have unusual names, that also were words, and for some reason we chose, 'H'. So it has t' be single or double syllable, has to be an 'H', and it also has to be a word."


























Immediately after making this statement, Ms. Alba's jaw moves laterally (to her right). This movement is sudden in onset, and lasts only for about three seconds, from about 1:23 - 1:26. This nonverbal signal is what is known as a "Jaw Confessional".




























Sometimes a jaw confessional is accompanied by a similar component of lip movement - which is seen in the latter half of this particular example.

A jaw confessional indicates some level of embarrassment as well as a hesitancy to disclose. Often times it is also accompanied with an apology. Jessica Alba is a bit embarrassed as to her particular rules of child-naming - and taking the context into account, it's easy to correlate this as the cause of her embarrassment. Thus, for an observer, the jaw confessional serves as a sincerity validator. Moreover, if we already like the person, this action can often amplify our endearment to them.

However, if you were to see a jaw confessional - but it was NOT followed by a disclosure of awkward/embarrassing information or an apology, then you would know at the very last second the person decided to withhold information and therefore trying to deceive you.

Note that this jaw movement was very sudden in onset and lasted for only three seconds. If the mandibular movement were instead, slowly initiated, and of long duration, it would then have a completely different meaning. What would this second scenario indicate?


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4021: Stephen Miller and Jim Acosta

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4017: Elisabeth Moss, Anthony Rizzo, and a Signal of Sincerity 

Body Language Analysis No. 4015: Reince Priebus' First Post-Resignation Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4004: US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asks NASA scientist about Civilizations on Mars

Body Language Analysis No. 4000: Garbiñe Muguruza, Wimbledon, and Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 3968: The Grenfell Tower Fire, Empathy, and Emotional Processing 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3871: Emma Watson's Old Habit, Harry Potter Outtake and Anxiety 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3796: Bryan Cranston, Donald Trump, Anxiety and Alpha Up-Regulators


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