Yesterday another School shooting occurred just a day before the anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and only eight miles from the 1999 Columbine H.S. massacre. Karl Halverson Pierson, a senior at Arapahoe High School near Denver, with the apparent motive of revenge against a former teacher/librarian and debate/speech coach - critically wounded one student before killing himself. No one else was harmed.
The above images were captured during the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Covering of one's mouth is a strong nonverbal indicator of the personality trait of high empathy. Such mouth covering is more obvious during dramatic and obviously tragic events; however it is seen daily in the context of considerably less significant matters. This MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) is NOT performed out of embarrassment or in an effort to cover emotion. Noticing this body language tendency is one method of gauging another person's "Empathy Quotient". And the quality of empathy is one of the most important characteristics predictive of human behavior. The ability to accurately and rapidly gauge another's empathy level is paramount.
Can you spot empathy? Are you sure?
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