Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3044: Barack Obama regarding "The Interview", North Korea and His Choice in Films (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





A couple days ago the FBI and the President Obama announced that it was in fact North Korea behind the Sony Pictures email hack and subsequent public leaks of those emails. In the video above, Barack Obama was asked if was going to be watching "The Interview".

"I've got a long list of movies I'm going to be watching. Ummm ..[partial smile microexpression].. ahhhh .... you know I never release my, my .... full movie list ...".




During the 0:15 the President displays a partial smile in the form of a microexpression (shown here and coincident with red print). Mr. Obama surely has seen at the very least key scenes of the movie and his very evanescent & partial smile betrays this fact (Thus this is an example of "Duping Delight" [Dr. Paul Ekman]).





Here (0:17 and fully notated by above lavender print) Mr. Obama is displaying a much longer - and barely discernible partially (mostly) suppressed smile (still only about a couple seconds in duration).

Later in the video, his smile suppression is less well-hidden and indeed he even wants to display it when he speaks of the North Korean Regime - but at this moment Barack's trying to not let us know that he has seen Rogen's & Franco's latest film.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3043: Ray Rice & Janay Rice (Palmer) - New Video after Assault

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3042: Kevin & Molly's Photo Booth Proposal - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2855: Hillary Clinton, 2016 Presidential Race and Duping Delight - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3016: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and a Suppressed yet Sincere Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2898: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman, a Suppressed Smile and ....  

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3043: Ray Rice & Janay Rice (Palmer) - New Video after Assault (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





A new video has surface regarding Ray Rice's 27 March 2014 third-degree aggravated assault against his then fiancée Janay Palmer (Janay Rice) at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.




0:13

Janay Palmer (Rice), (near center of photo) - Displays a Hair-Adjust-Behind-Ear, signaling she is dialing up her alpha emotions and is attempting to be more assertive.
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0:17

Ms. Palmer's (Rice) forehead is contracted centrally and upwards. Her inner eyebrows are directed up as well. Palmer's mouth is configuration consistent with fear-sadness.









 0:33

Ray Rice (center, background) arm-elbow directed sharply laterally-upwards in a high-alpha, narcissistic body language stance.











0:37

Although it is difficult to fully detect in this small image with partially occlusion, it is discernible in the dynamics of the video - Rice's right arm, holding his phone, assumes a armpit exposed elbow held-high body language, which is seen in high-alpha or narcissistic scenarios. 








1:26 - 1:28

Ray Rice mildly bangs his head against the wall of the elevator.














1:41 - 1:44

After they kissed (each hand-cuffed behind their backs') Ray and Janay show us a mutual head/face-in neck body language configuration - which is indicative of sincere and significant affection.










1:46 - 1:47

One last kiss before being led away by law enforcement.











It is highly significant that Ray Rice exhibits high-alpha and narcissistic nonverbal signals just after assaulting his fiancée. He does so while just a few feet away from Janay who is crying and distraught. When he once again is in close contact with her in the elevator - they kiss and nuzzle each other. In a very real way, narcissists do not have fully formed object-permanence when it comes to other people and their feelings (similar to young children). While lower and moderate narcissists (to a varying degree) do have some levels of empathy for people who are in close proximity, the further they are from them physically - the less real/less significant their feelings seem. For healthy people who have higher empathy levels, distance or even time has much less influence on their feelings for other peoples' suffering - or any emotion.

This video also exhibits the Rice's affection toward each other - and Janay has these feelings despite being recently knocked unconscious by her future husband. This of course is but one manifestation of the blinding denial and lack of objectivity that many people feel in the midst of abuse.

It is also very bizarre that two people arrested in the context of assaulting each other - are transported in the same elevator - and in particular allowed to stand next to each other and have close contact.  And of course Janay should not have been arrested.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3042: Kevin & Molly's Photo Booth Proposal - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Quiz-Analysis No. 2902: How Sincere was Ray Rice's Apology?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3027: Janay Rice interview on "Today" regarding Ray Rice's Assault

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2945: Roger Goodell's Interview regarding Ray Rice - Denies NFL saw Video before Monday - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2322:  Jeb Bush & Matt Lauer - Which one is the Narcissist?  Body Language Red Flags

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2932: Fred Couch ("Affluenza" Father) Arrested and a Body Language Signal of .... 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2242:  Rihanna & Chris Brown at Lakers Game  Body Language of Dominance, "Ownership",  Narcissism and Submission


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3042: Kevin & Molly's Photo Booth Proposal - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Kevin Moran can be seen proposing to his then girlfriend, soon to be fiancée, Molly McGinnis in the above viral video. By popping the question in a photo booth, he captured a beautiful nonverbal moment of surprise on Molly's face (0:32) - yet there are also some very telling expressions of his own.

The image below (0:28 seconds) shows Moran's central forehead contracted and elevated (along with his inner eyebrows) - indicative of the high level of emotion accompanying such a moment. In addition his jaw thrusts laterally (0:28 - 0:29) in a body language dynamic known as a "Jaw Confessional". There may also be lip and other facial components accompanying this facial tell.

A jaw confessional is a very brief duration & lateral movement of the jaw - indicating an anticipated embarrassment or risk of embarrassment and emotional vulnerability (There often is a verbal apology or similar statement immediately afterwards and if displayed in this setting it would be indicative of high sincerity. If you don't hear a verbal message of this type when a jaw confessional is seen, you can be sure that these emotions are being felt - just not expressed. In such a context, this verbal-nonverbal disparity should set off alarm bells). In the above scenario, Mr. Moran runs the risk of Molly saying "no" - thus he's risking significant embarrassment.

Be warned though - for when the jaw moves slowly to one side and lasts for a significantly greater duration - this body language indicates a completely different emotion.

Congratulations Kevin & Molly!






















See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3041: Jim Harbaugh Body Language Tutorial

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2929: Jessica Alba, Sin City 2, Action Figures and the Jaw Confessional

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2776: James Franco's Mea Culpa - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2314:  Naomi Watts Pre-Oscar Interview and her  Body Language of the "Jaw Confessional" and the Sincerity Quotient

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3041: Jim Harbaugh Body Language Tutorial (PHOTOS)

Rumor has it that the University of Michigan will reportedly offer San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a 6-year, $49 million paycheck to become their next head coach.

A former quarterback for the Wolverines under Bo Schembechler, Coach Harbaugh is known for not having a very good poker face. The following images display just the tip of his emotional iceberg and allow a fantastic body language tutorial (Thanks coach). In image above, Harbaugh displays significant Anger - (bordering on Rage) - with Frustration (Specifically what signals the frustration?)

Of particular note is his extreme Jaw Jut, Squared-off mouth opening, baring of his bottom teeth, with both tense eyelids along with significant mid-face tension.




Apprehension















Contempt (here coupled with the F-bomb - which of course is a very common combination)











Extreme Disgust

















Dominant Spider hand configuration

A high alpha gesture (at this moment somewhat less so, since it is directed away from to whomever he is speaking)









Fear

- Eyelids tense and wide
  (here mild to moderately
   opened)
- Mouth corners pulled laterally
   and down
- Mid-face tension
- Tightened neck muscles







Inward Lip Roll (ILR):

Seen suppressing emotions when they are far from baseline

Can be positive or negative emotions

What emotion is the Coach suppressing here?









Puffer Fish

Seen just before or just more commonly immediately after a significantly stressful event (It can lower the heart rate, blood pressure and respiration and thus has a calming effect)











Rage (sever anger) with
widely open Eyelids (with a mild-moderate jaw jut)
















Critical evaluation with significant worry and some empathy















Sincere smile:

- Relaxed forehead
- Only upper Teeth Showing
- Cheeks vectored primarily
   upwards
- Eyelids partially closed
- Dynamic Concave-up Furrow in
   lower eyelids





See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3040: Mourning after the Sydney Hostage Crisis - Sincerity & Empathy

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3030: Rashida Jones, Jimmy Fallon, Twin Peaks, Toy Story 4 ... and a Rarely Recognized Meaning of the Inward Lip Roll

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3032: Reaction to Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision to Not Indict Daniel Pantaleo

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2228:  Jay Carney's Body Language -  Contempt disguised as a Sniff ....  for Republicans' Solutions to the Fiscal Cliff

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2941: Barack Obama at NATO Summit - Split Finger Fastball & the Dominant Spider

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2508: Anne Frank, Sincere Smiles and Emotional Comfort


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3040: Mourning after the Sydney Hostage Crisis - Sincerity & Empathy (PHOTOS)


As with any tragedy, in the aftermath of the Sydney Hostage Crisis people are mourning - and most of them don't know the victims.

In these three still images we see body language examples of hand coverings of the mouth, mouth-nose, and mouth-nose-eyes to varying degrees






The causes of these nonverbal behaviors is not from any type  embarrassment of public display of emotions - rather it is a natural and common (though not ubiquitous) reaction during moments of a dissociation between what is known by the intellect and what is being felt by the emotional brain. The mind is trying to process the emotions and catch up with what the rational brain already understands.




Of course these are three still images and not a comprehensive assessment of any of these scenes or the people in them. However those who display these nonverbal signals upon seeing, thinking of, hearing about, etc. another person's/peoples' suffering - indicate higher empathy and sincerity quotients vs. those who do not exhibit such body language. There are of course many nonverbal signs of sincerity and empathy.



My condolences to the family and loved-ones of Ms. Katrina Dawson and Mr. Tori Johnson.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3039: Selfies and Smiling at the Sydney Hostage Crisis 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3038: Johnny Manziel's first NFL Start - a Representative Body Language Moment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3037: Angelina has Chickenpox and will not be able to attend some events for the opening of her movie, "Unbroken" - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3036: Angelina Jolie runs into Amy Pascal after email Hack

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2322:  Jeb Bush & Matt Lauer - Which one is the Narcissist?  Body Language Red Flags

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2982: Politicians Should Never Do This If They Want To Be Elected - Hillary Clinton's Body Language Faux Pas

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

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3039: Selfies and Smiling at the Sydney Hostage Crisis (PHOTOS)


When asked about the great lessons of life, a 99 year-old patient of mine once said, "It's never about you. Even when you think it's about you, it's not about you."

The tragic deaths of Katrina Dawson, 38, and Tori Johnson, 34 at the hands of a deranged gunman, Man Haron Monis, in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia only a few hours ago should remind us all of the sanctity and fragility of life. Yet a few people turned this into an opportunity to take "selfies" and proceeded to post them on various social media.







Of course everyone is entitled to feel joy-happiness of varying degrees for whatever reason they wish - however this does not make it healthy behavior.









Taking photos of tragic events is very difficult to perform if one is emotionally healthy - just ask any photojournalist.
Yet taking images of oneself in association with others' suffering demonstrates a very low (or absent) empathy quotient and moreover is narcissistic and very often is sociopathic.


Another way to frame this, is that smiling out of context always raises a red flag and should cause you to dig deeper. It may be just signaling who took the last cookie - or as in the above examples, considerably worse.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3038: Johnny Manziel's first NFL Start - a Representative Body Language Moment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3007: Man Flags Down Reporter, Confesses to Shooting, Carjacks Reporter's Vehicle, then Crashes it into a Gasoline Tank - Smiling Out of Context

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3027: Janay Rice interview on "Today" regarding Ray Rice's Assault

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2972: Rachel Respess, Destrehan High School Teacher Arrested and Smiling Incongruent with Emotional Context

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2733: A Neuroscientist who's a Psychopath - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3010: McStay Family Murders - Body Language Signs of a Sociopath


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3038: Johnny Manziel's first NFL Start - a Representative Body Language Moment (PHOTOS)



Johnny Manziel - or as he became known from his college days at Texas A & M, "Johnny Football" - had his first NFL start today. To many fan's disappointment though, under his leadership, the Cleveland Browns were shut out 30 - 0 against their rivals the Cincinnati Bengals (Manziel completed only 10 of 18 passes for 80 yards with 2 interceptions).

In this context and moment Manziel is seen with a combination of three emotions - the beginnings of Emotional Pain (Elevated Central Forehead Contraction - but this CFC must be accompanied by a congruent mouth expression) with Fear (mouth corners are in the initial fractions-of-a-second of being pulled laterally and downward). What third emotion is present in this moment?




Note his central forehead is contracted and elevated further an instant later as Manziel's emotional pain increases.














This facial expression - one of extreme emotional pain and fear - is what we would expect to see in a person of high empathy watching a high impact car accident or a similar tragedy. This of course is only a football game though ....








See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3037: Angelina has Chickenpox and will not be able to attend some events for the opening of her movie, "Unbroken" - Body Language Tells

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1106:  Subtle Fear Display of al-Assad

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1439:  Central Forehead Contraction & Inward Lip Roll  Devon Davis & April Davis

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3035: John Wall, Miyah Telemaque-Nelson - and Grief, Empathy & Emotional Pain 


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3037: Angelina has Chickenpox and will not be able to attend some events for the opening of her movie, "Unbroken" - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Earlier today Angelina Jolie and Universal Pictures made an announcement via YouTube. She has chickenpox and will not be able to attend some events regarding the release and promotion of her film, "Unbroken" which is scheduled to be released on Christmas day 2014.

This video shows us a great yet subtle example of a rarely discussed body language dynamic known as a "Head Torque".

The head torque is comprised of a turning and rotating of the head and neck in a relatively quick manner. Angelina's example is subtle (0:16 in video and in the image captured below); however with moderate and more extreme examples there is first a pronounced turning away from - and then a turning back towards the person/camera being addressed (e.g., Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2589: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits to Smoking Crack Cocaine - Body Language of the "Head Torque"). A "leading with the top of the head first" motion is also seen. This nonverbal dynamic has a distinct twisting or torqueing  motion associated with it (thus the nomenclature, Head Torque). Many find it reminiscent of a dog or horse pushing and object with their head or mouth. The head torque has distinct alpha, adamant, frustrated and mild to moderate anger emotional components associated with it - as well as a metaphorical, "I'm going to 'take my medicine' " or "I'm going to do what I have to do" emotional tone.

Another body language dynamic seen in this video that is very often misunderstood is lateral (side-to-side) head shaking (and impossible to fully appreciate in still images) . A nonverbal beginner may often say that Ms. Jolie is lying when she is exhibiting this movement - (e.g., well seen during 0:22 - 0:26) - yet they would be very wrong for she is being highly sincere. Her side-to-side head shaking is highly congruent with her words, "... and I can't believe it, 'cause this film means so much to me. I just can't believe it ...". It signals that her emotional brain is still processing what her intellect already knows - that she won't be able to attend the events. It signals a form of semi-denial/disbelief.

What is the significance of the prolonged eyelid closure also seen during the head torque? (also pictured below)

Heal quickly Angelina.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3036: Angelina Jolie runs into Amy Pascal after email Hack - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2674: Did Chris Christie Orchestrate Bridge Closure or Cover Up His Subordinates Actions? Body Language Tells Us ...

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2260:  'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi regarding  New Delhi's recent gang-rape,  Indian Culture and Sexual-Physical Harassment - Body Language Nuance
 
Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2459:  Was Eliot Spitzer Sincere?  Apology, Sincerity and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2951: Miss America 2015 - Sincerity, Surprise and Botox

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2945: Roger Goodell's Interview regarding Ray Rice - Denies NFL saw Video before Monday - Body Language Tells






















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Friday, December 12, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3036: Angelina Jolie runs into Amy Pascal after email Hack - Body Language Tells (PHOTOS)




















An email hack of Sony Pictures - possibly by North Korea and/or the group "Guardians of Peace" for what may be a retaliation for the content/plot of film, "The Interview" - a fictitious comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about two reporters recruited by the CIA to kill North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un - led to many leaked emails which, of course, were very embarrassing. In one email, producer Scott Rudin referred to Angelina Jolie as, "a minimally talented spoiled brat" in his discussions with Amy Pascal - Sony Pictures co-chairman.

The above image (wider view below) captures a very awkward accidental meeting between Angelina Jolie and Amy Pascal after an industry breakfast Wednesday morning. In this moment we several very noteworthy nonverbal signals.


Note Jolie's widely open eyelids. With higher levels of anger (rage) human eyes are open very widely. With lesser anger (mild to moderate amounts), the eyes are partially closed with considerably tightened eyelids.

Angelina Jolie is also leaning considerably backwards in this moment, not feeling very warm and fuzzy to a person who thinks so little of her.

Pascal's lips are trying to minimize an outward display of greater emotion as well as an inward crescendo of her emotions - by configuring in what is known as an "Inward Lip Roll" (ILR). Inward lip rolls are seen more often with negative emotions, but they may also occur in the suppression of laughter and joy in socially out-of-context scenarios.

Although this is a still frame and not a video, it is very notable also that Pascal's thumbs are not touching Angelina's arms/shoulders. This distancing phenomenon is another signal that Amy Pascal does not really want to speak with or see, let alone embrace Jolie.

What two emotions are being felt by the woman in the background?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3035: John Wall, Miyah Telemaque-Nelson - and Grief, Empathy & Emotional Pain

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2397:  Angelina Jolie on Motherhood & Her Own Mom  Body Language Tells ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2489:  Angelina Jolie and "Maleficent" -  Body Language Signals of Sincerity and Disengagement

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3032: Reaction to Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision to Not Indict Daniel Pantaleo

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2959: The Hunger Games Mockingjay - What makes Donald Sutherland (as President Coriolanus Snow) look so Evil? Body Language Trailer Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1858:  What the Eyes Do - Transitioning from Mild to Severe Anger

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2839: Jonah Hill's Apology on Jimmy Fallon - Sincere or Insincere? - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2673: New Jersey Bridge Closing - Fort Lee, NJ Mayor Mark Sokolich - What His Body Language Says about His Feelings towards Governor Chris Christie

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3035: John Wall, Miyah Telemaque-Nelson - and Grief, Empathy & Emotional Pain (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





In this touching video, John Wall of the Washington Wizards was interviewed after a double overtime win over the Boston Celtics, 133-132. The recent passing of a young girl he befriended - Miyah Telemaque-Nelson, brought this normally stoic athlete to tears.

Note Wall's Elevated Central Forehead Contraction - which, in the somewhat lower resolution image below, is more prominent slightly on his right-of-center (however the sides [lateral aspect] of his forehead remains uncontracted). This facial change is accompanied by the elevation of his inner (medial) eyebrows and slightly closed eyelids. His nostrils are also flared (very often seen prior to crying). He's also biting his lower left lip in an attempt to prevent a crescendo of his sorrow. This nonverbal cluster-context shows us that John Wall is feeling high levels of grief, empathy and emotional pain.

My condolences to family and loved-ones of Miyah Telemaque-Nelson.




















See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3034: Body Language of High Affection - "Most Amazing Marriage Proposal Ever" - Christmas Eve 2013 - Jamie & Tyne Owen - Family Photo Surprise


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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2969: Maggie Q, David Letterman, Empathy and Sincerity Quotients - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2904: Roger Goodell's Defending the NFL's Punishment for Ray Rice - Bad Crisis Management & Body Language Tells

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. 2669: Sara Bareilles and the Body Language of the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression 

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