A very valuable skill when accessing a person's personality is developing an ability to gauge their empathy level. One way to to qualify and quantify this is using objective nonverbal methods. Those who lack empathy are not healthy to be friends with, baby sit your child, teach your child, hire, work for, date, marry, pick for a jury, etc.
Although there are other emotions intermixed, one key characteristic (can you name any others?) of those who rapidly touch their face upon hearing dramatic news have high empathy quotients. Mouth covering is the most common variety - although other examples are shown here.
A form of a MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier), rapid face touching is accompanied a variety of emotions - e.g. sadness, shock, fear, happiness, etc.
All four of these images where captured an instant after these subjects learned of President John Kennedy's assassination.
This quality of caring is also known as high "Empathy Quotients".
It also signals a dissonance between the logical brain and the emotional brain. Thus people are processing the sudden difference - their psyches are trying to "catch up".
Based on her body language, what additional emotions (besides empathy) is this woman feeling-thinking upon hearing of JFK's death?
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Leadership Secret # 221: Spontaneous Mouth Covering & Empathy
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Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2049: Emotionally Processing a Sad or Shocking Event
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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2579: Brandon Bryant Body Language of Disgust and Empathy - Confessions of a Drone Operator
Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2617: Walter Cronkite Announces President John Kennedy's Death - Body Language and Suppression of Grief