Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2178:
Little Girl Tells Pippa Middleton, "I Hate Princesses"
Pippa's Body Language of Contempt ....

Pippa Middleton is one of the most recognized and photographed women in the World. She's also considered by most to be very attractive. Yet on a promotional tour for her just published book, "Celebrate - A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends", she displays an expression in this video which is oh so not pretty.

During the 0:06 - 0:08 segment, the blonde girl with costume of red horns says, "I hate princesses." Pippa then laughs, and says "I don't know about that one" and then after the innocent child says, "I like vampires." While looking away from the little one (to her left), Pippa responds, "You like vampires? Then looks back again towards the girl she says, "You really ARE a tomboy." Still not making eye contact, Pippa then displays an obvious contempt display (at 0:17 on the left side of her face - with a "snarl of her mouth, tightening of her mid-face, dilation of her left nostril and a retraction of her torso away from the girl) just as this video fades to another segment. Because of this editing, it is difficult to tell how long this body language-facial expression lasts, but it appears to be significantly longer in duration than a microexpression.

If your sister were a princess, and someone said they "I hate princesses" - even if, like here, they were a young child - most of us would manifest the same very telling nonverbal. She is beautiful and she is famous, but the beautiful sister of the Duchess of Cambridge is also human - and lives her life under such microscope. Here, in a teaching setting, we see her contempt body language because nearly every moment of her life in the public eye is captured on video Yet this same expression is flashed in many a boardroom, a deposition, and in the closing stages of many a major high-end sale scenarios - and for want of nonverbal skills, it escapes the attention of those who should see it - and success slips though their fingers.