Sunday, July 7, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2453:
Adrian Peterson on Jimmy Fallon -
Body Language & Recalling Past Significant Emotional Events
(Video, Photos)

During Adrian Peterson's recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon's show, the star running back recounted an experience of anaphylaxis.

When significant emotional events are being initially experienced or being recalled (and thus to a degree re-experienced) a hand-to-mouth & nose cover are extremely common (3:34 - 3:35). It is more often (virtually 100% of the time) and more prolonged during the initial experience.

This particular MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) in this specific cluster-context is very consistent with a "High Empathy Quotient". Therefore it is unusual to see this body language in a narcissist and almost never seen in a person with sociopath qualities. In other contexts this body language can have a completely different meaning - what are these other contexts and what do they convey?

What other nonverbal is seen during 3:35 - 3:38? What does this body language indicate in this cluster-context?

During 3:36-3:37 Mr. Peterson displays a partial fear mouth with the corners of his mouth pulled back and his lower teeth exposed. A more full fear mouth expression would expose his upper teeth with a more extreme pull-back of the mouth corners.

Note Adrian's eyes are opened momentarily wider than normal as well as the entire width of his forehead is contracted. All of these facial expression qualities are consistent with fear. He is recalling a moment of sincere fear. In the evanescent re-living of the event his psyche and thus his physiology are behaving in a similar but lesser manner compared with the primary event.

See also:

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1499:  Bill Clinton's Empathy for Eric Fehrnstrom and  Mitt Romney ... What's Your Sincerity Quotient?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2052:  Dialing Up Empathy and Sincerity -  Mitt Romney's & Barack Obama's Response to  Aurora, Colorado "Batman Shooting?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1732:  Rationalization, Rapport, Empathy Expression - How Jewel got her name

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2332:  Instinctive Body Language, Comforting an Infant & Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2275:  Lance Armstrong's Insincerity -  Body Language revealed in Oprah Winfrey Interview  Part III

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2285:  Emotional Processing during Crying - Body Language of Survivor of Brazilian Nightclub Fire

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2274:  The Eyes & Mouth of Fear - Body Language of Ahmed Dogan during  Attempted Assassination