Saturday, February 8, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2714: Justine Dufour-Lapointe Wins Olympic Gold in Sochi and Brandishes Swagger - Body Language (PHOTOS)

Justine Dufour-Lapointe won Canada's first Gold Medal of the Sochi Olympics today. In this photo (close-up below) the Champion freestyle mogul skier is celebrating with a nonverbal facial sign commonly displayed with the swagger of victory (and of course often seen outside the arena of sports). Because this (female analog of) "Machismo" facial expression also has similar components of asymmetry, it is commonly mistaken for contempt - yet it is a very different emotion. Note how the right side of Justine's mouth is opened wider and her right eyelids are partially closed vs. her left side. Somewhat less asymmetrical is her mid-face contraction component - which is slightly more prominent on her right side.

The mouth component of this emotion is commonly seen in isolation and is referred to as "Mouth Swagger".

Amazingly Justine's sister finished with a Silver Medal and another sister Maxime finished 12th in this same Olympic event.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2680: Chris Christie's State of the State Address - Body Language Swagger and Sincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2651: Peyton Manning sets a Single Season Touchdown Record - Body Language at Press Conference

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2670: Janet Yellen Confirmed by Senate for Federal Reserve Chair - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2650: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Pardoned by Putin, is Released from Prison, One Important Thing His Body Language Tells Us

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2506:  Barack Obama, the Self-Righteous Head Wiggle and  Retaliation Against Syrian Poison Gas Attack