Reggie Jackson was recently on the "CBS This Morning" show promoting his new book, "Becoming Mr. October". At 4:18, just after Gale King asks the slugger, "Why did you two not get along?" (Referring to Jackson and then New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin). Jackson then displays a great example of a Combined Microexpression of Contempt-Regret.
At the brief moment of this microexpression, there is both an upward vectoring to his left mustache area (thus a contempt display) as well as a significant lateral movement to his left mouth corner (ergo regret).
Often times emotions are not pure and isolated. Sometimes they are mixed. Reggie Jackson's body language is a great example of this principle - and here clearly displays both contempt and regret.
Another nonverbal signal of contempt is seen in this close-up, the dilation of one nostril (aka unilateral nasal flaring).
Although brief, this example of a microexpression is longer in duration than many. How many of these evanescent body language signals have you missed so far today?
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