Dr. Bishan Rajapakse, an emergency room physician, ended up in the ER himself earlier this week. Dr. Rajapakse was surfing off Bondi Beach (New South Wales, Australia) when a southern right whale came to within 120 meters of shore. Naturally curiosity prevailed and the surfing doc and others paddled up to the leviathan. After the whale maneuvered - what for it was a mild stoke with one of its flippers - Dr. Rajapakse was knocked off of his surf board and unconscious. His mates and the life guards got him to shore and off to the hospital.
Bihan's eyes are also opened considerably wider than normal. This nonverbal is common with fear (which he is re-experiencing as he recounts his story) and increased adrenaline states. What other emotional states are consistent with widely opened eyelids?
The CFC is still present and more fully manifested. If greater fear were present his forehead would be contracted over its entire width. His eyebrows are also now significantly elevated and his eyelids are opened even more fully.
Of particular note is Dr. Rajapakse's mouth - the corners are pulled out and downward with his lips very tightened. If the fear were more extremely felt, his teeth - particularly his lower teeth would be visible.
The multiple dimples of his chin are also consistent with this fear expression. What is virtually always overlooked though - particularly in more subtle displays of fear - is the tenting up of his neck muscles - the platsyma and sternocleidomastoid - which are fairly strongly exemplified here. In higher moments of fear the head, neck and torso will pull backwards (not seen here).
This cetacean sparring surfer's fear is easy for most people to spot. Yet subtle levels of fear are often present but seldom recognized in the sales process, in negotiations, in depositions, voir dire, etc. - and thus very valuable and actionable information slips though fingers every single day.
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