Sunday, January 5, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2669: Sara Bareilles and the Body Language of the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In this short interview video featuring the very talanted Sara Bareilles, we see an excellent example of the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression (aka R2E2). To the untrained observer this may resemble anger, disgust or irritability (although that is a big mistake) - do you know how to differentiate these nonverbals?

Beginning at 0:05, Ms. Bareilles says, "... I find great joy sort of being a little bit sassy and crass and um, I don't know - going against the grain a little bit. I find a lot of joy in that."

Between the 0:15 - 0:17 (coincident with red dialog above), she displays the R2E2.

We all make this expression in similar settings. When you see it - or you notice you are displaying this body language yourself - ask what is being sought: Rationalization (or Co-rationalization), Rapport or Empathy?

When the R2E2 is used excessively (not so here by Sara Bareilles) - this should send up a red flag. One very common scenario where it is over-displayed is in professional or sales situations. In such times it is wise to steer clear and seek other advice or service. In these times ask yourself, "Why are 'they' trying so hard to convince me?"

Take home point: Sincere people use the R2E2 infrequently and the insincere use it excessively (However even a person who is typically sincere will over-use it during insincere times - so, as always, be careful to nuance body langauge behavior.)

In the example above, Ms. Bareilles is letting you (and millions of others) momentarily glimpse into her psyche and explain her feelings and parts of her personality - thus in this vulnerable state, the rationalization rapport empathy expression is one that is expected. Sara Bareilles in fact has a very high sincerity quotient.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2488:  Keri Russell's Body Language -  She's Trying to Convince Us & Jimmy Kimmel

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2341:  Angela Bassett Interview -  Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression  R2E2, Body Language & "Olympus has Fallen"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2193:  Keira Knightley interview re: "Anna Karenina" -  Body Language of "R2E2" Facial Expression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1732:  Rationalization, Rapport, Empathy Expression  How Jewel got her name

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2668: Ryan Seacrest - Less Offensive Variations on Pointing - Body Language Nuance 

Dating & Romance Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1010:  What Makes the Twinkle in Her Eye? - Rashida Jones