Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2242:
Rihanna & Chris Brown at Lakers Game
Body Language of Dominance, "Ownership",
Narcissism and Submission

On Christmas Day for the first time Rihanna and Chris Brown displayed the fact openly that they are back together as they watched the Lakers defeated the Knicks, 100 to 94. This after Chris Brown plead guilty to acts of domestic violence (felony assault) against Rihanna for which he is still on probation. While every man, when walking hand-in-hand with his significant other occasionally walks ahead or faster - and the fact Rihanna is wearing 5 inch stilettos perhaps slows down her walking speed, this body language is very troubling

Albert Camus once said, "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend". This quote springs to mind when seeing Brown's body language. One who, when holding hands, consistently walks in front (which thus takes into account the exceptions, e.g. in a hurry, etc.) signals a strong nonverbal signal of alpha personality and dominance. More troubling still it is a body language tell of narcissistic personality disorder.

Understandably, whoever allows her/himself to consistently/often to be led in tow, as Rihanna exemplifies here, signals a very beta, submissive, overly-demure personality. More to the point (and here through very obvious retrospective insight), displays a body language signal of she-who-will-be-"owned". This, and other similar post-abuse "return-to-the-one-who-beat-you" behavior, follows an unfortunate but well-established statistical pattern.

Among other things, this body language is a warning signal that violence will again rear its ugly head. The recidivism of domestic violence is very high. So to any girls or women who may read this - beware of this nonverbal, lest you too become a victim.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Secret # 341: Body Language of Narcissism, Parking and Cell Phones

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1912: Ann Curry's Tearful Goodbye Matt Lauer's Body Language of Insincerity

Nonverbal Communication, Negotiation and Dating Secret # 111: Body Language and the Great Phone Tell 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 113: What Blagojevich's Body Language can Teach Us

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 359: Last Stop for the Cain Train - Herman's Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1874: Body Language of a Bad Handshake - Political Prevalence

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1503: The Body Language of the Conventional Steeple vs. The Basketball Steeple -  Seeking a Balance