Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2177:
"I'm Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney" -
We're all Abigael Evans
Dialing up her Alpha

We're all Abigael Evans. We're all sick of campaign commercials. Abigael was listening to NPR in the car just before her mom captured this video (already over 7,500,000 hits on YouTube). There is a teachable body language moment here as well. Note during the 0:14 - 0:16 segment she displays a classic "Hair Adjust Behind Ear" (HABE) nonverbal. This MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) is a strong indicator of anxiety - which although extremely obvious here - it is very commonly seen in adults who are not crying and show no other signals of anxiety. Moreover when you see the HABE, it's an indication that the psyche is trying to be more assertive and increase the alpha qualities - while dialing down the beta qualities. Of course we can easily put this in context here - a four-year old whose mother is comforting her and who is trying to stop crying.

The HABE is seen more often in women and gay men (and although straight men may exhibit it too - there are more common male HABE analogs). Its display gives you a glimpse of the relative emotional tone of that moment and is extremely valuable in the board room, court room, a deposition, law enforcement, negotiation or sales scenario.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 345: Sharon Bialek - Dialing Up Her Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1770: White House Correspondents' Dinner - Lindsay Lohan's Body Language