Monday, February 17, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2723: Bode Miller's Interview after His Super G Bronze at Sochi - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Bode Miller won a bronze medal in the Men's Super-G yesterday. He is the oldest medalist in Olympic history and the most decorated in American alpine skier ever.

Bode Miller lost his brother Chelone last year to complications from a seizure and in the interview above, he tears up and cuts his interview short. NBC's Christin Cooper has received flack for pushing Miller too hard here, and yet Miller has come back in her defense.

From a body language perspective, this interview provides a good example of one setting of what is termed, the "Inward Lip Roll" (ILR). The inward lip roll is seen when the psyche is trying to prevent the crescendo of emotions from straying far from baseline - first outwardly and thus secondarily on the inside as well.

Most of the time, an ILR is seen in the context of negative emotion (sadness, anger, disgust, etc.) - although sometimes the inward lip roll is seen to suppress joy/laughter when for some reason the person does not want it to be displayed.

Multiple times throughout this interview, Bode Miller displays an ILR, to no avail, in order to try and suppress sadness progressing to tears.

My condolences and congratulations to Bode Miller.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2722: Charles Hamelin & Marianne St-Gelias's Kiss after his Gold Medal - A Paramount Body Language Signal of Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2721: Vladimir Putin at U.S. Hockey Victory over Russia at Sochi Olympics - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2719: Julia Mancuso at Sochi Olympics - Body Language of a Heightened Adrenaline State

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2404:  Internal Lip Roll and other Body Language  associated with Suppression of Sadness 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2576: Chris Brown's Body Language - a Signal of Psyche's Suppressing Emotions ... and Anger and .... 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2652: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live - Trying to Suppress the Laughter