Saturday, January 31, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3086 Katy Perry's Super Bowl XLIX press conference highlights - A Key Body Language Tell (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Katy Perry gave a press conference on Thursday regarding her upcoming Super Bowl XLIX half time show. There were, as usual, a ton of body language tells - yet one in particular was very illustrating and in full context. 


Early in the above video clip (during 0:14 - 0:15) we see Katy Perry's left leg bend at her knee and lift upwards while her right leg is firmly planted. This nonverbal behavior is known as "The Flamingo".

Named so because of the pretty pink bird's behavior of standing on one leg, The Flamingo is more commonly displayed by women and gay men (although sometimes seen in straight men as well).

The Flamingo is similar to the HABE ("Hair Adjust Behind the Ear") - as it also signals an up-regulation of alpha behavior. Said another way - the psyche is attempting to dial-up assertiveness and confidence. The Flamingo and the HABE both signal the need for this dynamic. They're both usually seen in people who already have a predominately alpha personality - yet they reveals itself in moments when a bit more confidence and strength are needed - and they're being summoned.

(It's important to NOT confuse The Flamingo with standing with one foot flat and the other foot with just the toes touching. This means something completely different - do you know what it indicates?). 

What other nonverbal signals are characteristic of the up-regulation of alpha emotional tone?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3085: Olivia Munn Doesn't Like Johnny Depp - Just Listen to Her Body Language (Not Her Words)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2177:  "I'm Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney" -  We're all Abigael Evans  Dialing up her Alpha

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1411:  Dialing Up Her Alpha -  Dana Perino

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2921: Eve Hewson (Bono's Daughter) Recounts Phone Pranking Justin Timberlake

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2914: François Hollande, Anxiety and Dialing up his Alpha  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3046: Chris Pine Dials Up His Alpha - "Into the Woods"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2996: Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" on Tonight Show/Jimmy Fallon

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2125:  Presidential Debate Body Language -  George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot 1992 

















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Friday, January 30, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3085: Olivia Munn Doesn't Like Johnny Depp - Just Listen to Her Body Language (Not Her Words) (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Last week Olivia Munn was a guest on Conan promoting her most recent film "Mortdecai" in which she plays Georgina Krampf who is attracted to Charlie Mortdecai - who is played by Johnny Depp. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Ms. Munn's (Aaron Rogers' girlfriend) guest appearance - specifically what her emotions are towards Mr. Depp.



0:12 Contempt 

Munn displaying contempt just after she says, "We do, we have a very racy dance scene."

Notice how Olivia lifts up her butt from the chair as she says, "... very racy ....". In this cluster-context, this particular body language acts as a contempt amplifier.





0:15

Facial Touching (left)

In response to Conan's question, "Is it fun working with him?", Olivia scratches her left face adjacent to her nose and mouth as she answers, "It IS!" (Then a misdirecting-stalling question) "Have you met Johnny before?"





 

0:16

Same facial touching repeated on her right side. 

Most (but not all) facial touching-rubbing-scratching in response to giving an answer to a specific question is extremely consistent with high anxiety and highly consistent with deception.   






0:18

Subtle Disgust exhibited again

Just after Munn asks O'Brien, "Do you like him?" (Referring to Depp)












0:26 - 0:36

Sitting on Hands

(Continued and overlapping dialog from above photo)

Munn: "Do you like him?" (Referring to Depp)

O'Brien: "Ahhhh - YES!"

Munn: "Yes, Who doesn't? I mean .... He's ..."

O'Brien: "Whadda going to do say, 'No' ?"

Munn: "I know [inaudible] ..."

O'Brien: "He seems like a DICK to me!"

[Munn immediately sits on her hands]

Munn: "That was awkward, awkward question, awkward question."

O'Brien: "Not really a DEPP guy myself."

Munn: "Who ISN'T a Depp-guy? He's SO nice. He's just the nicest man [decrescendoing volume]."

O'Brien: "He seems like a very nice guy."

Munn: "Well especially in m-- [stops sitting on her hands] in aaa ..."

O'Brien: "But still - a DICK!"

Olivia Munn is very emotionally uncomfortable and her action of sitting on her hands for a full ten seconds reveals that she is also keeping her true feelings toward Johnny Depp to herself




1:00 - 1:01

Disgust

"He'll just be rollin' his cigarettes over in the corner."











See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3084: Public Defender Jami Tillotson being Arrested in San Francisco Court House

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2442:  Nancy Pelosi's Subtle Contempt Display  Body Language Regarding "Who Cares?" Retort

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2685: Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Engaged - When They Fell In Love - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2775: Johnny Depp is wearing Amber's Engagement Ring

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language

 Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3079: Tom Brady, Deflategate - Part Deux

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3084: Public Defender Jami Tillotson being Arrested in San Francisco Court House - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





On Tuesday 27 January 2015, Jami Tillotson, a Deputy Public Defender for the City of San Francisco was arrested (in the Hall of Justice) and was booked for a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. This was in response to her reaction to police when she refused to let them question or photograph her client.

Chief Public Defender (and former San Francisco Mayoral Candidate) Jeff Adachi said that the arresting officer (Sergeant Brian Stansbury) had no right to question Tillotson's client without her being present and that Tillotson's arrest was unlawful. The police department disputes this claim and said the officer's actions were fully justified.

The public defender's office also revealed that Officer Stansbury has been the subject of a federal civil rights lawsuit that was brought against him by another San Francisco Police officer alleging racial profiling. Adachi has also accused Stansbury of racial profiling in this incident as well - since Tillotson's client is also African-American (who was there on a matter unrelated to what Officer Stansbury wanted to question him about).

The scenario was of course very emotionally charged and since it was captured on video - this provides an excellent nonverbal example. What follows is a partial body language analysis of Public Defender Jami Tillotson.




0:33 - 0:35

Self-Righteous Head and Torso Wiggle

Sometimes isolated to just the head or even the jaw, these rapid side-to-side movements are often accompanied by increases in speed, volume and pitch of the spoken words (as is seen here) and indicates a very strong conviction of being morally right and indicates a relative feeling of alpha status (despite the fact that she is being arrested by police officers who are of course armed). The self-righteous head/jaw/torso wiggles are 99.9% of the time subconsciously generated and can be thought of as a manifestation of swagger.





0:37

Forward Lip Purse

The forward lip purse here indicates that she believes she is in the right, and (like the self-righteous head/torso wiggle) also indicates she believes she is the relative alpha and that she knows things the officer doesn't know (e.g. a clandestine disagreement and/or a clandestine plan). Moreover she believes she has a good chance of pulling off her plan and becoming triumphant. The fact that this is a tightened version of a forward lip purse indicates there is a significant component of anger present as well.





0:38

Tongue in Cheek (forward tongue in cheek) in this context indicating "I just won", "I caught you". She believes that the officer is completely in the wrong - and his actions are being captured on video. As with all nonverbals, the tongue in cheek display has different interpretations based on the other body language with which it is clustered.






0:38 - 0:39

Inward Lip Roll (ILR)

The inward lip roll tells us that she is suppressing internal growth of emotion (e.g., trying to control her temper) as well as trying to prevent outward expression of similar negative emotion.











0:51 Second Forward Lip Purse















0:52 - 0:53

Second Inward Lip Roll














The fact that Ms. Tillotson is oscillating back and forth between different emotions (emotional dissonance) is not surprising here since she (and many others in retrospect) felt that she was correct and lawful in her assertions - and yet it is quite an unpleasant experience to be arrested.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3083: Marshawn Lynch Interview, "I'm just here so I won't get fined" - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2398:  Self Righteous Head Wiggle, Alpha Behavior &  First Drone Flight Off of an Aircraft Carrier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1552:  The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle &  The Buffett Rule

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2434:  Brad Pitt's Tongue-in-Cheek regarding  Reasons for Choosing to Work on "World War Z"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2210:  Body Language Signaling of an Attempt to Control Emotional Escalation & Display - The Inward Lip Roll

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3058: Stuart Scott's ESPY Award Speech - a Common Yet Very Under-appreciated Signal of Sadness/Grief Suppression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2540: Rep. Darrell Issa 'Snaps' at Reporter - Was His Anger Real or Fake? Body Language and the Forward Lip Purse

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2495:  The White House, Josh Earnest, Egypt and a Coup

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3083: Marshawn Lynch Interview, "I'm just here so I won't get fined" - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Yesterday was Super Bowl 2015 media day. The players on the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks gave interviews to various members of the press. Marshawn Lynch has a now well-know reputation of not wanting to speak to the media. He reportedly feels this way due to his experiences in childhood and the way he felt then when he was repeatedly made to do something.

Lynch was fined $50,000 by the NFL for refusing to speak to members of the media through much of the 2013 season. The Seattle running back was again fined on 19 November 2014 for once again not talking to the media. On 21 December 2014, he then resorted to a different tactic wherein he answered, "I appreciate you asking" or "Thanks for asking" to all but a few during post-game interviews after the Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals.

Yesterday Marshawn used a different answer - when he responded to every question of the nearly five minute interview with, "I'm here so I won't get fined". Throughout the whole Q & A session, "Beast Mode" used some very distinctive nonverbal tells - some of which are discussed here.

Lynch repeatedly displayed an "Inward Lip Roll" (ILR) followed by a "Tongue Jut" (aka "Lizard Tongue"). Most of these occurred in clustered-pairs and in rapid succession (five of these body language pairings are imaged below). An inward lip roll occurs when the psyche deviates significantly from baseline and the emotional mind is trying to suppress both the outward display of stronger emotions as well as a similar inward crescendo and even the appearance of yet stronger emotions. The emotional states associated with an ILR display are usually negative, but not always.

In the body language context of this interview, Marshawn Lynch's tongue jut can be thought of as a manifestation of self-incrimination - e.g., "I've been bad" or "I just got caught" or "I just did something foolish".


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3082: Bill Belichick, Deflategate & Lip Smacking

Negotiation Secret No. 47: Pete Carroll's Jaw Jut and Mid-face Tightening

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2606: Brett Farve Displays Body Language of Fear about any Son Playing Football

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2856: Coleen Rooney (Wayne Rooney's Wife) at England's 2-1 Loss to Uruguay - What Emotions? - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Quiz-Analysis No. 2637: Nelson Mandela Memorial Interpreter (Thamsanqa Jantjie) ... What Does His Body Language Say?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2821: Sara Bareilles, A Broken Wing, Emotional Comfort, and High Heels - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2783: Hillary Clinton asked again about 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2875: Eugenie Bouchard, Wimbledon and Tongues - Body Language Nuance 




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3082: Bill Belichick, Deflategate & Lip Smacking (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Throughout his most recent press conference regarding "deflategate", Bill Belichick smacks his lips quite frequently. Lip smacking is a body language behavior only seen in people who believe they're alpha relative to whomever they're speaking (who at best they deem subordinates). It's highly indicative of a self-righteous mindset. Lip smacking also carries with it a large degree of subjectivity.

Intriguingly lip smacking is also very often clustered with an extended blink. In this cluster-context prolonged blinking is a contempt amplifier. This is best seen when viewed at 1/2 or 1/4 speed on the YouTube option settings (wheel-like icon).

Thus when someone is saying "all the right things" yet, yet they are smacking their lips - you can be very sure that he/she is far from emotional baseline and thus by definition not objective. Lip smacking indicates arrogance and a patronizing tone that may be otherwise somewhat or partially - or even mostly - camouflaged (again, they usually are "saying what they're supposed to be saying"). Yet there often are other signals of self-righteousness/arrogance present - but are simply dismissed, downplayed or not seen. What others do you see the Super Bowl bound coach exhibiting during this video? What are some body language signs of deception here?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3081: More Bill Belichick Body Language Deception Deflategate Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2181:  Mitt Romney's Concession Speech -  and the Body Language of Lip Smacking

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2864: Mary Barra asked by Matt Lauer, Can you Run GM and be a good mom too?

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1181:  Helle Thorning-Schmidt & her False Praying Gesture

Negotiation Body Language Secret No. 554:  Ron Paul's Palms Down Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2048:  The Arm Grip, Shoulder Touch and Back Touch Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2718: Obama: "I can do whatever I want" Body Language with French President François Hollande





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Monday, January 26, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3081: More Bill Belichick Body Language Deception Deflategate Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





This video comprises most of one of Bill Belichick's recent press conferences regarding deflategate.

During this appearance Belichick displays mutliple examples of what is known as a "Tongue Jut" aka "Lizard Tongue". Tom Brady also showed us this during his press conference. Within this body language cluster-context, this nonverbal indicates that "I've been caught" or "I've been bad".

Think of this as the New England Patriots' coach's psyche calling him out in a subconscious display of self-deprecation.



2:53

"I think we all know that quarterbacks, kickers, specialists have certain preferences on footballs. They know a lot more about it than I do - they're a lot more sensitive to it than I am [Tongue Jut] ....."







3:07

".... I hear them comment on that from time to time. But I can tell you that they will tell you that there is never any sympathy whatsoever from me on that subject. Zero. [Tongue Jut] ...."








3:52

"To me - the balls are approved by the league and game officials pregame [Tongue Jut] - and we play with what's out there. And that's the only way that I have ever thought about that."








4:10 first Lizard Tongue

Two displays of tongue jutting in rapid succession - and thus very easy to see why this body language tell is also referred as "Lizard Tongue".

"I've learned about the inflation range situation ... um, Obviously [first of two rapid Tongue Juts] ...."







4:10 second Lizard Tongue


".... [second of two rapid Tongue Juts] with our footballs being inflated to the twelve and a half pound range, any deflation would then take us under that specification limit ...."








5:12

" ... So we will take steps in the future to make sure we don't put ourselves in that type of potential situation .... [tongue Jut] ahhh ... again  ....."










7:15

It's unfortunate that this is the story coming off two great playoff victories [Tongue Jut] .... by our football team and our players ...










These multiple displays of Tongue Juts are key nonverbal indicators telling us that Bill Belichick is lying.

These Tongue Juts are certainly not the only indicators of deception. In addtion they don't occur with every lie, but Belichick has a predilection for them.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3080: Bill Belichick's Press Conference - A Key Body Language Tell

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3079: Tom Brady, Deflategate - Part Deux

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3017: Narendra Modi, Tony Abbott and Hugs at the G20

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2771: Australian PM Tony Abbott regarding Malaysian Airlines MH370 Search - Body Language Misinterpretations and Regret

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2541: Barack Obama, Permanent U.N. Security Council Members, Syria's Chemical Weapon Disarmament and a Presidential Gaffe - Body Language in the Oval Office

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2529: Ambassador Thomas Pickering on Benghazi Probe and a Body Language Microexpression Tell

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1482:  George Clooney's Lizard Tongue

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3080: Bill Belichick's Press Conference - A Key Body Language Tell (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




The above video is an edited version of one of Bill Belichick's recent press conferences regarding deflategate. Belichick is known for always being in a negative mood - (think of a monotone "mad robot"). This makes him a bit more difficult to interpret his body language - but not if you know what to look for.

Note that throughout this video, the New England Patriots football coach speaks out of the right side of his mouth. Unless a person has this speaking idiosyncrasy when telling the truth (which the Super Bowl bound Bostonian does not) then such an asymmetrical speaking configuration is indicative of deception.

Both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are lying.

Take home point: When you see a person speaking out of one side of their mouth, and this is not their "norm" when truth-telling (for a small minority of people it is their normal, baseline behavior) - know this: they are being insincere or telling a lie.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3079: Tom Brady, Deflategate - Part Deux

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1060: Bill Belichick's Anger

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2275:  Lance Armstrong's Insincerity -  Body Language revealed in Oprah Winfrey Interview  Part III

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2227:  Sincerity and Insincerity regarding  Suicide Death of Jacintha Saldanha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1912:  Ann Curry's Tearful Goodbye & Matt Lauer's Insincerity

Negotiation Secret No. 111: A Sure Red Flag of Insincerity - John Edwards

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2474:  Mayor Bob Filner's False Smile -  Insincerity, Body Language and San Diego





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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3079: Tom Brady, Deflategate - Part Deux (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Tom Brady - The Return of The Lie.

In this second clip of the New England Patriots' quarterback's press conference from this past Thursday, we can see many more examples of nonverbal behavior indicative of deception. As mentioned in a previous post on this same appearance, in the future this video will be held up a text-book example of the body language of lying. What follows is a partial analysis.



1:36

Microexpression of Fear
(Mouth and Neck)

".... I think, ah, the main thing for the last couple days - trying to figure out ya know, what happened .... [microexpression - fear mouth at 1:36]".







(Overlapped continuation from above)

" .... out ya know, what happened ....  .... like I said, I [then a second Microexpression of fear - mouth at 1:37] you know it's, I, I sur, I was as surprised as anyone when I heard Monday morning what was happening, ummm ...." Both of these microexpression of fear are partial and subtle - thus best appreciated within the dynamic context of video (and even on slow motion).



Tongue Jut (aka Lizard Tongue)

(Overlapped continuation from above)

" .... when I heard Monday morning what was happening, ummm ...."
[1:43 Tongue Jut]

A tongue jut in this cluster context indicates: "I've been bad" or "I've been caught".




 
Think of the Tongue Jut as a form of self-deprecation in the midst of a lie.

"... You know, obviously, the NFL would like to figure out what happened in this situation [another Tongue Jut / Lizard Tongue at 2:26] ummm ...."

Again this is Brady's psyche calling itself out essentially saying, "I've been bad" or "I've been caught".




(Overlapped continuation from above)

 ".... ummm... you know I try and keep everything in perspective so .... I'm happy that we have an opportunity to play in the next game and ...."

Most notably here, at 2:31 (during the word "... opportunity ..."), we see both a Suppressed Smile of Duping Delight and Blushing - in this context highly indicative of deception.




3:27

(Partially) Suppressed Smile of Duping Delight

A reporter continues about the fact that the NFL had not yet questioned Brady,
"... You know it's odd that they haven't - at this point - you know - you're the quarterback and the center of the story right now - and the leagues' officials investigating haven't talked to - you indicates to a lot of people that they're letting this drag and twist in the wind."

Brady: "I'm not sure."

Another reporter: "Have you been told whether they will - to talk to you?"

Brady: "I'm not sure." This answer makes no sense - it's simply not a logical response to this question. It reminds many of a politician's answer when trying to dodge answering a question. Either his anxiety is excessive (e.g. he doesn't perceive the question as it was asked) - or he deliberately is re-iterating an evasive response.

Conclusion: Tom Brady is lying about his knowledge of the footballs in question being deliberately deflated. He is the only one who would have, at least in part, orchestrated such an act. While Brady is certainly no Oscar-worthy performer - he can play quarterback rather well.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language (Part I)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3077: Caroline Wozniacki & Rory McIlroy - One Reason Why Relationships Fail - and an Important Warning Sign

Negotiation Secret No. 47:  Jaw Jut and Mid-face Tightening - Pete Carroll

Negotiation Secret No. 140:  Duping Delight Microexpression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2725: Ted Nugent: Calls Barack Obama, "a Subhuman Mongrel"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2576: Chris Brown's Body Language - a Signal of Psyche's Suppressing Emotions ... and Anger and ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2690: Peyton Manning Explains the Meaning of "Omaha" Call

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2338:  Why Does Keit Pentus-Rosimannus feel Fear?  Body Language of Estonia's Minister of Environment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2352:  Mila Kunis' Tongue in Cheek  Graham Norton Part II

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3077: Caroline Wozniacki & Rory McIlroy - One Reason Why Relationships Fail - and an Important Warning Sign (PHOTO)






When a woman is equal to, almost the same height - or taller than her boyfriend, fiancé, or husband - she will very often discontinue wearing heels. This body language behavior is particularly strong in the context of a relatively new relationship. What are the reasons for this? - the woman wants to feel feminine, she also wants to make her man feel masculine - and she does not want to constantly remind him of his relative short stature. Instinctively she knows that doing so will lead to tensions of many sorts. Most women will say, "It just doesn't feel right!" to be taller than her partner.

Of course there are some women who never stop wearing heels when dating or when eventually they marry shorter men. They will not tolerate such social posturing and are thus very confident and alpha females (e.g. Carla Bruni) - but to make such a relationship last (a relative term to be sure when it comes to dating or marriage) they must be with a very confident man (e.g. Nicolas Sarkozy).

However when a woman who had initially adopted a "no heels" or short heels habit - converts back to wearing heels (with the exception of some professional settings), this is a warning sign that she no longer prioritizes their height disparity and thus indicates a drop of empathy towards her partner and signals an emotional rift, falling out of love or perhaps even infidelity (e.g., she wants to appear attractive to other potential or actual partners). Empathy is directly correlated with love and relationship longevity.

Moreover the Polish Anthropologist, Boguslaw Pawlowski, Ph.D., has noticed a very interesting predictor of both attraction as well as relationship longevity - Male to Female height ratio. If the man is 9% taller than the woman (1.09 times taller - or inversely stated - if the woman is 91.7% the height of the man) - this is the optimum height for attraction and relationship longevity.

It's interesting to note that Tom Cruise (5'7" [170.2 cm]) is 2 inches (3.08 cm) shorter than his then-wife Katie Holmes (5'9" [175.25 cm]). Their male-to-female ratio was only 0.97! Conversely, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward - who were married for 50 years - had a ratio of exactly 1.09. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have a ratio of 1.085 and their marriage is going on 27 years.

Caroline Wozniacki is taller than her former fiancé - and is listed at 5'10" (177.8 cm) while Rory McIlroy is generously reported to be 5'9" (175.25 cm) - this would put their height ratio at 0.985. Yet looking at the above image, even when taking into account her heels and the fact he is closer to the camera - it seems she is taller than him by a greater margin of 1 inch - but more like 2 to 3 inches (putting this estimated ratio between 0.957 and 0.971). Of course these are only statistical correlations - and statistics do not govern the behavior of individual people, relationships, athletes, or atoms. Statistics govern large groups. So while there are many exceptions - yet these tenancies are very interesting and not to be ignored.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2663: Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy Engaged - A Body Language Sign of Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2827: Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy - She was the Alpha, He was the Beta

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2825: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki break off their Engagement - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2826: Caroline Wozniacki & Rory McIlroy Call Off Their Engagement - Body Language and Dominance

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2:  Body Language of Blake Lively and Penn Badgley - Strongly Suggests an Impending Break-up in Near Future

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2424:  Giada De Laurentiis on Conan O'Brien  Beautiful Teeth but Insincere Smiles and  Some Body Language Signals of Waning Love


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