Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2664: Anchorman 2 Cast on Graham Norton - A Body Language Signal of Embarrassment (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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"?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2582: Jay Carney Dismisses (and is Embarrassed by) Low Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2423:  Kirsten Gillibrand regarding Senate Hearing -  What other Body Language Accompanies Blushing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1829:  Dara Torres Interview with Piers Morgan - Embarrassment,  Visual Recall, Sexual Anticipation Lip Biting &  Sincerity Quotients

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2159:  Tom Hanks drops the F-bomb on GMA -  Body Language of Fear, Surprise, MAPs and a Bitter Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2122:  Eyes White and Wide -  Three Body Language Examples with  Two Different Emotional Causes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2297:  Rooney Mara on Conan O'Brien  Common Body Language Tell  Fear Apology Query Expression-Cluster 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2486:  Katie Holmes on David Letterman and the "Social Etiquette Fear Face" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2663: Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy Engaged - A Body Language Sign of Affection

Forward Head Bob at 2:37

 Forward Head Bob at 2:43

Forward Head Bob at 2:52