Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2107:
Andy Murray, Affection and Savoring the Moment

Andy Murray finally won his major. He was the first British (Scottish) man since 1936 to do so. Those who even peripherally follow tennis have watched and rooted for him during this struggle. After finishing a heart-wrenching second to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, and then defeating Federer a few weeks later to win a Gold Medal at the London Olympics, Murray beat Novak Djokovic in five sets at the U.S. Open yesterday at Flushing Meadows, 7–6(12–10), 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2.

Whenever we kiss another person, or in this case a highly-symbolic object - if our eyes are closed during the kiss, it is a strong nonverbal indicator of deep affection. Ninety-percent of our sensory input is visual - as is forty percent of the human brain's mass. Thus when we close our eyes, the blood flow/oxygen/nutrients are slightly increased to the non-visual portions of the brain - smell, taste, touch, hearing as well as cognition and emotional functions. We shut our eyes when we are trying to drink-in the entire experience and fully savor the moment. This all occurs subconsciously. In the context of a relationship, the primary focus of the mind during a kiss should be love and affection. If there is a repeated pattern of "eyes open during kissing" (and/or hugging) - this is a body language red flag of waning (or false) affection.

See also:

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

Analysis # 202: Revealed in a Kiss - Prince Albert and Princess Charlene

Analysis # 363: Simon Cowell, Kissing and Lack of Affection

Analysis # 1916: Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise - What Body Language Metric Predicted their Divorce?

Analysis-Secret # 737: Cuddling with your Feet

Analysis # 2108: Rihanna's and Chris Brown's Kiss and Hug - What are they REALLY feeling?