Jonathan Martin made his first public statement yesterday since leaving the Miami Dolphins on 30 October 2013. The defensive lineman has made allegations including harassment against his former National Football League teammate Richie Incognito. Although this statement was prepared by his attorneys, Martin's nonverbal facial signals leak the true emotional tone which he is feeling in real-time.
His words are saying one thing, while his body language says something completely different.
Whenever the verbal and the nonverbal messages are in disagreement, always believe the nonverbal - for therein signals the primary emotional drivers (and the truth).
This picture is from 0:25 in the above video.
This image is taken from 0:28 in the video.
This photo is from the 0:33 mark.
In all three of these images, Martin's mouth expression is highly characteristic of the emotion of regret.
It is also important to note that during all three of these examples, the very instants his mouth were showing regret, his eyes were not making contact with his audience. In this last one he is looking in the distance, and in the first two he exhibited bilateral eyelid closure - thus conveying emotional processing. Mr. Martin's logical brain knows the situation, yet his emotional brain has yet to fully catch up.
What other body language signals are conveyed in this short video?
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