Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2794: Lupita Nyong'o's Speech on Black Beauty Essence, Body Language and Anxiety (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Most people were swept off their feet by the amazing newcomer Lupita Nyong'o for her role as "Patsy" in "Twelve Years a Slave". Her superb performance won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Earlier today People Magazine named her as the Most Beautiful Person of 2014.

In the above video, the world-class actress can be seen giving a speech at Essences 2014 Black Women in Hollywood awards. For anyone with even a modest empathy quotient it is a very moving speech. And she is an outstanding actor - very used to speaking in front of crowds and on television - and yet she is very human during this speech. How could she have improved? What could she have done differently?

The speech was very well written. The words were near perfect. Very few people could have read them more skillfully - and yet they were READ.

If Lupita were right next to me, I know she would say that she had all the content of the speech in her mind - and more importantly in her heart. So rather than READING the speech, if her notes contained only one word bullet points rather than sentences and paragraphs - it would have had a completely different style and feel - that of a "Conversational Speech". She would have glanced at one or two words (e.g. Prayers, God, Oprah or Alek Wek) - and in that instant she would have had words and sentences flow spontaneously - that maybe weren't quite as well crafted - but would have felt more conversational.

To members of the audience, a conversational speech feels as if they are being spoken WITH directly - like they are part of the dynamics of conversation (even though they're not) rather than being spoken to - ergo it feels conversational even though a speech is a monologue.

What the audience is left with in a conversational speech is a much stronger bond with the speaker - and the speaker will in turn enjoy the benefits of significantly greater rapport with her audience. However, in order to pull off a conversational speech - the speaker has to know the topic extremely thoroughly.

Because Lupita was reading the speech - her eye contact was significantly lower than it should have been. And when she looked up, as virtually everyone who READS a speech however skillfully - her eyes dart quickly up and back down again or they make short little sweeps. When the speech is one of conversational style and not memorized, there is ample opportunity to make eye contact (in a random pattern) with people in the audience for about three to four seconds apiece. This is also nonverbal communication magic when it comes to having the effect of making people feel as they are directly involved in the conversation. Even if you're in the audience and very aware of this phenomenon, it's power is still undeniable.

Notice also that Ms. Nyong'o rocked back and forth on her feet - repeatedly shifting her weight from one foot to the other. This is a clear body language signal of nervousness. Lupita is an Oscar winner and yet she still committed this faux pas. Of course she is human and she is allowed to have anxiety. Yet if she would have spoken in a conversational style rather than reading the superbly crafted speech - her foot rocking would have disappeared.




Congratulations (again!)
Ms. Lupita Nyong'o.
















Although this is a low resolution image of Oprah Winfrey (in the audience during Lupita's speech) - what emotion she is trying to suppress in this moment?









See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2741: Lupita Nyong'o Wins an Oscar - Signal of high sincerity and empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2327:  What is meant by "Eye Contact"?  A Body Language Fundamental 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2747: Adam Lanza's Warning Sign - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2578: Obamacare Website Apology - Sincere vs. Insincere? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2422:  Amy Adams on Jimmy Kimmel -  Body Language, Flirting and Dating 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2326:  Russian Ballet Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko Confesses to Sulfuric Acid Attack on Colleague Sergei Filin  Body Language Signals of Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2759: Vladimir Putin, Annexation of Crimea and Mouth Asymmetry - Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2793: Emma Stone, Graham Norton and The Spice Girls - Body Language Tells

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2793: Emma Stone, Graham Norton and The Spice Girls - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Emma Stone recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show along with her boyfriend, Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx promoting "The Amazing Spider Man 2". What follows is a partial body language analysis.



As she is asked about her reaction to recent reaction to The Spice Girls, Ms. Stone briefly displays a bilateral lower leg rub (0:17). This MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) is a common anxiety tell. It is more common, but not exclusive in women.






Emma displayed several signals of surprise (and mild shock) - although this one (during 2:14 - 2:15) is the most classic.

Note her eye lids are very widely open (although a moment before they were even more so, e.g.1:59, 2:07 - 2:08) and her mouth takes on a vertically oriented oval and NO TEETH are visible.







After she finds out that Graham was fooling her, Emma displays a classic "Puffer Fish" (2:19 - 2:21). This is very commonly seen before - however more often after a significant event. It is associated with a recent adrenaline surge - then drop off. It helps to down regulate the respiration, blood pressure and heart rate.








Emma's emotional and partial physiologic "collapse" (during 2:24 - 2:26) - although not a complete syncopal episode (fainting) - is common after a dramatic adrenaline surge and speaks to a high sincerity quotient.





See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2647: Vladimir Putin regarding Edward Snowden, What Does the Russian Leader Think?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2702: Barack Obama - Anxiety and Non-engagement; Body Language Signals

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2522: Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Kimmel, Part II,  Body Language and Anxiety in Hollywood  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2626: Rashida Jones's Anxiety regarding YouTube Awards on Jimmy Fallon

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1171:  Not So Fast Swift ....  Taylor's False Surprise

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2493:  Jewel in Disguise at Karaoke Bar,  Body Language Cues to Lack of Nervousness 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2792: The First Woman to Run The Boston Marathon - Katherine Switzer and an Assault Warning Sign - Body Language


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2792: The First Woman to Run The Boston Marathon - Katherine Switzer and an Assault Warning Sign - Body Language (PHOTOS)

Forty-seven years ago, Katherine Switzer was became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Famously, the milestone involved more physicality than was otherwise expected during the grueling 26.2 miles.

One of the race co-organizers at the time, Jock Semple, jumped out of a media truck two miles into the race and yelled at Switzer, "Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!" His intention was to physically remove her from the marathon. Switzer's boyfriend, Tom Miller, came to her aide and knocked Semple away - preventing him from assaulting Switzer.

These images were taken in rapid succession and exemplify a very important threat assessment body language signal - the Jaw Jut.



In this more detailed image, Semple's Jaw can clearly be seen dramatically thrusting forward as he attempts to assault Katherine Switzer and pull her from the race.












In this moment, although in lower resolution, both Semple's (partially occluded by Switzer's left shoulder) and Miller's jaw can be seen clenching and jutting forward.
































As her own emotions transition from fear to anger, Switzer's own jaw also juts forward.



































The jaw jut is an extremely common nonverbal seen just prior to physical assault (with fists or firearms). This is particularly true when a simultaneous (or nearly so) fist clench is also present. 

Congratulations to Katherine Switzer for her pioneering spirit, her bravery and her athleticism. She later went on to win the 1974 New York Marathon. Her personal best was in the 1975 Boston Marathon with a time of 3:07:25. Ms. Switzer was instrumental in raising the Women's Marathon to an Official event (1984).

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2231:  A Common Facial Expression of Mass Killers - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2658: Misidentifying Emotional Expressions - Greece's Golden Dawn Party Arrests - Body Language and Threat Assessment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2656: Threat Assessment during Robbery - Body Language of Perpetrator

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2500:  Ft. Hood Shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and Contempt  The Body Language of Threat Assessment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2785: Oscar Pistorius - Another Day of Testimony - Low Confidence Body Language Display

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2525:  President Obama's Anger in Response to Republicans'  Threat to Shut Down Government & Possibly Default on Debt  In Efforts to Appeal Obamacare 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2791: Sofia Vergara, Threesomes and Fear - Body Language & the Fading Gigolo

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2791: Sofia Vergara, Threesomes and Fear - Body Language & the Fading Gigolo (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Sofia Vergara is seen above during a recent interview promoting the release of the movie, Fading Gigolo. The movie was released on 18 April and co-stars Sharon Stone, John Turtorro and Woody Allen.

Vergara, who is best known for Television's Modern Family, displays several microexpression displays of fear in this interview when discussing her role in a threesome sexual scene in the movie. This nonverbal is particularly well exemplified at the 0:48 mark in the video. This moment is captured below. Note the left side of Vergara's mouth pulls backwards and down - momentarily exposing her lower teeth. In addition, the rarely noted yet commonly manifested neck of fear is seen here as the left side of Vergara's neck tightens (Sternocleidomastoid and Platysma).

Did you see the other, more subtle facial expressions indicative of fear?

What components of a more extreme fear face are missing in this interview?

What other notable body language did you see exemplified in this video?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2338:  Why Does Keit Pentus-Rosimannus feel Fear?  Body Language of Estonia's Minister of Environment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2274:  The Eyes & Mouth of Fear -  Body Language of Ahmed Dogan during  Attempted Assassination

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2762: Pepsi Max's "Unbelievable" Bus Shelter Video - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2782: Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe - Body Language ... and Not

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2748: Tatia Pilieva's Brilliant Video "First Kiss" - Body Language of Romance and Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2643: Is this Hug More Sexual or Affectionate? Student Suspended One Year for Hugging a Teacher

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2790: Head Touch & Head Touch Surrogate - Body Language of Affection



















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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2790: Head Touch & Head Touch Surrogate - Body Language of Affection (PHOTOS)


When one's head is brought in contact with another - particularly when it's prolonged - it's a very strong affectionate body language signal. In the image above, a reunion between a daughter and survivor of the recent Korean Ferry sinking and her father is captured in such a moment.

An interesting nonverbal phenomenon is often displayed in the absence of another person however. Sargent Timothy D. Sayne was killed in action in Afghanistan on 18 September 2011. He was buried with at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In the photo below, Thania, Sargent Sayne's wife is seen with her head against his gravestone. This action is not performed for physical support - rather for emotional connection, love - and especially affection. Here her husband's grave marker acts as a head surrogate. Despite being inanimate, such head-surrogate touching is also consistent with high sincerity quotients.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1898:  Heat, Hugs & Head Surrogates

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2478:  Acting Affectionate Engenders Affection  Body Language and Strangers

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2317:  "The Rescuing Hug" -  Body Language of Human Touch & Kangaroo Care

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2779: Rep. Vance McAllister Caught on Camera Kissing Staffer - Affection vs. Lust - What their Body Language says

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2701: Cuddling, Romance, Affection and Foot-Shunning - Body Language Tells 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2764: Embarrassment, Affection & Flirtation - Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher - Kiss Cam Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2789: Gabriel García Márquez, Critical Evaluation and Body Language

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2789: Gabriel García Márquez, Critical Evaluation and Body Language (PHOTOS)
























Gabriel García Márquez passed away yesterday. The Nobel Prize (1982) winning author of "Love in the Time of Cholera", "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "The Autumn of the Patriarch" is often referred to as the godfather of Magic Realism.

All four of the images in this post capture different emotional variations of what is nonverbally termed "Critical Evaluation". Which two of these images also have a component of disgust present? (One is very subtle and the other is moderate disgust).

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1926:  Mexico's President-Elect Enrique Peña Nieto  Critical Evaluation Body Language Cluster

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 1019:  Cameron's Critical Cluster

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1720:  Critical Evaluation, Disbelief & a Partial Emblematic Slip  Valérie Trierweiler & Francois Hollande

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2461:  Prosecutor John Guy's response to  Defense Attorney Don West's Knock-Knock Joke  Body Language at George Zimmerman's Trial

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2712: Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steve Balmer - Body Language Leaders Should Never Use

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2751: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp, Gina Meyers and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2788: Oscar Pistorius Trial - Frustration & Anger - Body Language (PHOTOS)
















































































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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2788: Oscar Pistorius Trial - Frustration & Anger - Body Language (PHOTOS)


An ex-police officer and an expert witness in the field of forensics, Roger Dixon, testified today in the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the alleged premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

In the image above, Mr. Pistorius can be seen with his left eyelid closed (his right is probably closed as well and virtually always is in this configuration). Oscar's head & neck are also flexed forward and he is pinching his upper nose (what many call the "bridge" of the nose). This nonverbal cluster is highly correlated with frustration and anger.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2785: Oscar Pistorius - Another Day of Testimony - Low Confidence Body Language Display

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2744: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2780: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva SteenKamp and Prosecutor Gerrie Nel - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2436:  Vladimir Putin next to Barack Obama -  G8 Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2727: "I am a Ukrainian" Video - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2138:  President Obama's Anger-Frustration During Debate -  An Under-Appreciated Body Language Signal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2787: Korean Ferry Sinking, Empathy and Emotional Processing - Body Language



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2787: Korean Ferry Sinking, Empathy and Emotional Processing - Body Language (PHOTOS)





















The recent tragic sinking of the Korean Ferry gives an unfortunate window into a particular nonverbal behavior which few people understand. Covering of the mouth during moments of extreme sadness is not an attempt to prevent people from seeing us becoming emotional or to quiet the sound of our sobs. It is a subconsciously driven body language phenomenon signaling our emotional brain is processing a dramatic event and its ramifications. While the logic and intellect may know what has transpired - the emotional brain is having trouble grasping the events and it's trying to catch up.

This mouth covering often occurs very rapidly. Sometimes other portions of the face (e.g. cheeks or eyes) are also involved - or they are alternatively the primary areas being occluded - however the mouth is much more common.

Those who cover their mouths (or cheeks, eyes, etc.) when hearing and/or seeing dramatic news have significantly higher empathy quotients compared with those who don't display this nonverbal signal.

Blessings and condolences to the families and loved-ones of the victims of this tragedy.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2579: Brandon Bryant Body Language of Disgust and Empathy - Confessions of a Drone Operator

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2669: Sara Bareilles and the Body Language of the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2720: Ireen Wüst - A Gold Medal, Emotional Processing and Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2618: Learning of Kennedy Assassination - Body Language of Sudden Facial Touching

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2512:  Matthew Cordle's YouTube Confession  and the Death of Vincent Canzani  "I Killed a Man" - What His Body Language Tells Us ...  It's NOT what you think!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2699: Reince Priebus and the Republican Get it All Wrong While Trying to Win Woman Voters - Got Empathy? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2786: Jewish Community Center Shooter - Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr - A Very Common Body Language Display of "Hate Crimes", Mass Shootings and Terrorism














































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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2786: Jewish Community Center Shooter - Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr - A Very Common Body Language Display of "Hate Crimes", Mass Shootings and Terrorism (VIDEO, PHOTO)























The white-supremacist, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr (aka F. Glenn Miller) is show in the above image just prior to his first court appearance today for the alleged murder of three people at two different Jewish Centers in suburban Kansas City, Kansas on 13 April 2014.

The primary emotion he is expressing on his face at the moment of this image is that of disgust - although there could be a component of contempt as well - which is not fully discernible due to the angle of the photo.

Although every human being expresses disgust and contempt occasionally, those who perpetrate hate crimes, mass-shootings, and terrorism often display either or both of these facial expressions chronically. These body language/facial expression signals are thus extremely useful in threat assessment.

If one looks back at a 2006 interview (below) we can see prolonged disgust - and very unfortunately a deadly harbinger.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2769: Smiling Out of Context in a Mass Shooter - T.J. Lane's Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2503:  Fort Hood Shooter and his Tell-Tale Body Language  Common to many Mass-Killers -  Nidal Malik Hasan gets the Death Penalty

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2231:  A Common Facial Expression of Mass Killers - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2517:  Bashar al-Assad Fears Over-Throw if U.S. Attacks,  Body Language Tell During Charlie Rose Interview  Part II

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2312:  Bruce Willis' Body Language -  Contempt vs. Suppressed Smile vs.  Pseudo Smile vs. Sincere Smile 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2640: Disgust at Denver area School Shooting - Body Language Tells 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2785: Oscar Pistorius - Another Day of Testimony - Low Confidence Body Language Display 





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Monday, April 14, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2785: Oscar Pistorius - Another Day of Testimony - Low Confidence Body Language Display (PHOTOS)






















Oscar Pistorius had another day of testimony today in his trial for the alleged premeditated killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Of course, this is a very emotionally difficult task to perform - ergo the body language we see him displaying in this image. As he is arriving at the courthouse, both of his entire hands (including full palmar contact) are splaying against his lower abdomen and hips. When seen in the manner that Mr. Pistorius is configured here, this is highly significant for a beta emotional tone. Note his hands are not in his pockets - however if they had been - there are variations of both high confidence (e.g. Thumbs hooked in pockets with fingers out) as well as other lower confidence displays (e.g. whole hands in pockets).

As with all nonverbal communication, a beta body language signal such as this should never be interpreted in isolation. This hand position of lower emotional comfort is very often seen simultaneous with a deep inhalation (difficult to assess this in this single image) as well as a myriad of other signs. What others do you see here?


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2744: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2780: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva SteenKamp and Prosecutor Gerrie Nel - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2750: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Lies - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2751: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp, Gina Meyers and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2770: Oscar Pistorius and Contrasting Confidence Levels - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2310:  Oscar Pistorius' Body Language in Court - Part II  Central Forehead Contraction, Frown & Pupil Dilation ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2784: Fight Breaks Out in Ukrainian Parliament - One Body Language which Predicts Throwing Fists



























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