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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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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



















On Tuesday 8 April 2014 a fight broke out in the Ukrainian Parliament. It began when the leader of the Communist Party, Petr Simonenko, suggested that lawmakers should hear the demands of the people of Eastern Ukraine.

Take note of the two men in the center of this image with lighter blue jackets (and to lesser degrees on others). Both of their jaws (mandibles) are projected forward in what is known as a "Jaw Jut". This nonverbal signal nearly always accompanies higher levels of adrenaline - and anger . When this body language is present on a man's face (with children too and somewhat less so for women) - there is a substantially increased likelihood that the anger will escalate to violence. If the jaw jut is seen along with fists (early always present on both hands) the chance of a crescendo to violence is even greater.

Tension in the mouth and mid-face very often indicates tension in the hands - and visa versa. 

If we were to see images from a few seconds prior to this moment - the jaw jut would have been there prior to the fists being thrown. Thus this particular nonverbal configuration is a very significant and predictive threat assessment tool which should never be ignored. If you see a jaw jut take heed - moving away quickly will often de-escalate the anger.

See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2749: President Obama, Ukraine's Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and an Alpha-Beta Hybrid - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2742: Vladimir Putin on the Crisis Ukraine - Thin Slicing Levels of Anger - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2039:  Fight Outside Florida Courtroom -  Jaw Jut Prior to Violence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2719: Julia Mancuso at Sochi Olympics - Body Language of a Heightened Adrenaline State

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

Negotiation Secret # 47:  Pete Carroll - Jaw Jut and Mid-face Tightening 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2433:  Vladimir Putin & David Cameron Disagree on Syria -  A Body Language Evaluation of Russian Leader

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2783: Hillary Clinton asked again about 2016 - Body Language Tells




































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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2783: Hillary Clinton asked again about 2016 - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




In the past 15 months, ever since Hillary Clinton left the State Department, she's been repeatedly asked whether or not she will be running for President in 2016. Her answer has always been about the same - verbally. However her nonverbal signals are sending a significantly disparate message. What follows is a partial body language analysis of this recent interview on 8 April 2014 with Phil Fernandez, CEO of Marketo.


0:07 Forward Lip Purse with a Suppressed Smile

Forward Lip Pursing is performed always by an Alpha to a perceived relative Beta person. It indicates clandestine disagreement or a plan that won't be shared (or both). It also indicates her belief of the strong potential for success of her plan.





Ms. Clinton's forward lip pursing in this context indicates she will run for President, however she will announce it when she feels it is most strategic for her success.


0:07.5 Inward Lip Roll (partial) with a Suppressed Smile

An Inward Lip Roll (ILR) is performed when the person is straying far from emotional baseline. It is one way the psyche tries to prevent the outward manifestation and the inward crescendo of emotion/emotional display. Most of the time an ILR is used to suppress anger, disgust, etc. However her she is trying to suppress joy-happiness.

Like a child with a secret, Hillary really wants to tell us ... but not quite yet.




0:08 - Near the end of Ms. Clinton's Inward Lip Roll expression.

Blushing is significantly present here. Her efforts to suppress her smiling and laughter are becoming rapidly less successful - for she is about to do both.





Throughout this segment of the video, Ms. Clinton is trying to suppress her joy/happiness/laughter - however she is only somewhat successful - and at that only for a short while. In this respect, some of what we see here can be thought of as a failed attempt at "duping delight" (Ekman).

Ms. Clinton will be running for President in 2016. The only things that will prevent this are:
if she completely falls in love with being a grandmother - or a major health issue.

See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2569: Hillary Clinton, Visibility, Trust and a Harbinger of 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2564: Hillary Clinton Stumping for Terry McAuliffe ... but Did She Hint at Running in 2016?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2691: Barbara Bush, "I Love Bill Clinton" - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2497:  Steve Carell, Graham Norton and  Duping Delight Microexpression,  Reminiscing about the Chest Waxing Scene from  The 40 Year Old Virgin  

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication # Analysis 1492:  Ben Bernanke's Duping Delight &  Partial Emblematic Slip

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2125:  Presidential Debate Body Language -  George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot 1992


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2782: Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe - Body Language ... and Not (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada - presumed 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton had a shoe thrown at here while on stage giving a speech. Much (but not all) of what is seen in the immediacy of this rapid event is NOT body language - it is however a good example of a "Startle Reflex". 



Just after 250 milliseconds after the shoe passes to her right and then in back of her, Ms. Clinton's eyelids close tightly and she begins to flex her neck forward in a posture of protection.

The former Secretary of State's upper arms retract closer to her torso, her elbows pull inwards as her lower arms and hands pull in close to the front of her upper abdomen and chest. 




Note how Ms. Clinton's neck is foreshortened (think of a turtle retracting its head and neck in its shell). Her shoulders elevate and her neck flexes further protect the vital tissue of the neck.

In this view we cannot see her ankles, knees, hips and back - they all flex towards a truncated and very evanescent fetal position.

 Despite the fact that she recovers from the incident nicely and pushes out a social smile shortly after this frame - in this view we can see Hillary display a very brief "Mouth of Fear". This is a true nonverbal expression (microexpression).


In this low resolution image captured from the video, we can see Hillary's eyelids opened wider than baseline and her mouth persisting in a fear expression.

If we could see her neck we would see a characteristic neck of fear with the tightening of the platysma and sternocleidomastoid muscles.

Very intriguingly - immediately after a loud startling noise, human beings almost always looks TOWARDS the noise in a reflexive effort to rapidly assess the situation (here where the shoe landed). This is part of the startle reflex.

Those who don't immediately look towards the sound have a very significant likelihood of having foreknowledge - and this phenomenon should be taken into account when evaluating for suspects after a bombing or similar event.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2304:  It Came from Outer Space -  Russian Meteor Event over Chelyabinsk  Don't Confuse this Reflex with Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2418:  Startle vs. Surprise  Body Language in the Yankees & Red Sox Dugouts

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2163:  Beirut, Lebanon Car Bomb Video -  What is often Confused for Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2523:  Hillary Clinton, Body Language and the 2016 Presidency -  Rapport Builder vs. Rapport Destroyer

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2569: Hillary Clinton, Visibility, Trust and a Harbinger of 2016 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2564: Hillary Clinton Stumping for Terry McAuliffe ... but Did She Hint at Running in 2016? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2781: Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Rolling Stone and Flirting - Body Language of Attraction

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2778: April Fools Prank, Embarrassment and Body Language

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2781: Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Rolling Stone and Flirting - Body Language of Attraction (PHOTOS, VIDEO)



Julia Louis Dreyfus appears on the 24 April 2014 edition of "Rolling Stone". Among other things, she is shown with a portion of the U.S. Constitution penned in a temporary tattoo on her back.

The very accomplished and hilarious comedian and actor made a bit of a splash because she appears nude - but also because a copy of John Hancock's signature is on the small of her back. Of course, Hancock did not sign the Constitution - rather he signed the Declaration of Independence.

The nonverbal cluster that Rolling Stone chose for their cover is a particularly provocative pose which projects an abundance of sexual energy. Few men can resist this highly flirtatious body language configuration - which sends strong signals. The classic cluster - which is mostly, yet not fully expressed here includes: looking backwards over a raised shoulder with the head tilted down - so that the eyes gaze upward with a partial sincere (Duchenne) eye smile (not shown here) and a partially suppressed mouth smile (mild mixed with false surprise here).

See also:

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

Romance & Dating Body Language Secret # 33:  Maria Menounos - Classically Flirtatious

Romance, Flirting & Dating  Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1752:  Wearing Red and Sexual Attraction  What are You Marketing?

Romance, Flirting & Dating Body Language Secret # 1893:  Nonverbal Communication of the Facial Platter

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





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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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





















Gerrie Nel is pictured here with the end of temple of his glasses in his mouth. He is the chief prosecutor in the case against Oscar Pistorius for the alleged premeditated murder of his then girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. When a temple (aka arm) of eyeglasses is placed in the mouth or against the lips it signals a subconscious attempt to stall or delay a decision.

What a person does with his glasses along with other body language changes immediately after this common nonverbal display will tell you his emotions and intentions.

See also:

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

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

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

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 1488:  Ron Paul's Glasses, Authority and Time

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2481:  U.S.State Dept., Marie Harf and Heavy Framed Glasses,  Body Language & Eyewear

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. 2777: President George W. Bush's Paintings of World Leaders - Putin, Berlosconi - Body Language

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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





U.S. House of Representative, Vance McAllister was recently caught in an embarrassing a potentially career-ending scenario when a video of him embracing and kissing one of his staffers was leaked (Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock). The Louisiana Congressman is not a stranger to controversy as he drew fire earlier this year when he personally invited Willie Robertson (Phil's son) of Duck Dynasty fame to attend the 2014 State of the Union Address. Representative McAllister's office has issued a statement of apology - however to date, no apology has been given by the congressman publicly.

It is impossible to discern any amount of sincerity via a letter drafted on McAllister's (or anyone's) behalf. Apologies, if they are sincere and if they are to be believed must be given directly - in front of a live audience. Apologies must also never be read from a script. Never. This is true whether one is seeking damage control, apologizing from the heart and/or looking for forgiveness.

Note how the positions of the lower half of Peacock's and McAllister's bodies are oriented at ninety degrees. What's more is the Congressman's right foot is pointed away from Peacock. We point our feet, abdomen, torso, face and eyes towards those we love, have affection for and/or respect. This is particularly true when kissing such a person. And while one hip of each is touching, their other hips' are rotated out at right angles. 

This was a kiss and an embrace of lust - and has a very low affection quotient.

See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2319:  Dennis Rodman Hugging Kim Jong-un ...  Body Language Tells

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2649: How a Kiss can Change the World - Body Language of Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2:  Body Language of Blake Lively and Penn Badgley  Strongly Suggests an Impending Break-up in Near Future 

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2778: April Fools Prank, Embarrassment and Body Language

























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