Graham Norton guests included the cast of "Anchorman 2, The Legend Continues" recently and as usual, his show was hilarious. In this clip, Will Ferrell and Steve Carell role play anchormen and put two of Norton's audience members in some embarrassing spotlights.
Embarrassment has many body language tells - several of which are exampled here. One in particular bears highlighting - the "Forward Head Bob". Three excellent displays of the forward head bob are captured in still images below - however, as with most body language, these are best viewed in the dynamic context of the video (above). The woman named "Kate" feels embarrassed - revealing her previous phobia to eggs. There is often a component of apology with the forward head bob - and some would nuance the emotion as "sheepish".
The head bob may be seen in a single occurrence (e.g. one forward movement), several in a series a few moments apart (of which this is a good example) or multiple times in rapid succession (giving the appearance of a "head bobble doll").
It is not uncommon to see a coexisting "mouth of fear" accompanying the head bob/bobble.
Head bobbing/bobs are an examples of beta, lower confidence and low comfort body language.
What other accompanying signals are also seen in this "Embarrassment Cluster"?
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Forward Head Bob at 2:37
Forward Head Bob at 2:43
Forward Head Bob at 2:52