Friday, November 25, 2011

Body Language Secret # 355:
A Signal of Physical Pain

As this survivor of the 2011 Earthquake in Turkey (epicenter near the City of Van) is being pulled from the rubble, we can observe a very characteristic expression of pain on her face. Specifically, although it is somewhat difficult to see, I want to call your attention to her central forehead. It's strongly contracted. In the context of consciousness and significant physical pain, it's nearly impossible to have an absence of this highly emblematic nonverbal facial signal.