Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2784: Fight Breaks Out in Ukrainian Parliament - One Body Language which Predicts Throwing Fists (PHOTOS)

On Tuesday 8 April 2014 a fight broke out in the Ukrainian Parliament. It began when the leader of the Communist Party, Petr Simonenko, suggested that lawmakers should hear the demands of the people of Eastern Ukraine.

Take note of the two men in the center of this image with lighter blue jackets (and to lesser degrees on others). Both of their jaws (mandibles) are projected forward in what is known as a "Jaw Jut". This nonverbal signal nearly always accompanies higher levels of adrenaline - and anger . When this body language is present on a man's face (with children too and somewhat less so for women) - there is a substantially increased likelihood that the anger will escalate to violence. If the jaw jut is seen along with fists (early always present on both hands) the chance of a crescendo to violence is even greater.

Tension in the mouth and mid-face very often indicates tension in the hands - and visa versa. 

If we were to see images from a few seconds prior to this moment - the jaw jut would have been there prior to the fists being thrown. Thus this particular nonverbal configuration is a very significant and predictive threat assessment tool which should never be ignored. If you see a jaw jut take heed - moving away quickly will often de-escalate the anger.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2727: "I am a Ukrainian" Video - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2749: President Obama, Ukraine's Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and an Alpha-Beta Hybrid - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2742: Vladimir Putin on the Crisis Ukraine - Thin Slicing Levels of Anger - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2039:  Fight Outside Florida Courtroom -  Jaw Jut Prior to Violence

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

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

Negotiation Secret # 47:  Pete Carroll - Jaw Jut and Mid-face Tightening 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2433:  Vladimir Putin & David Cameron Disagree on Syria -  A Body Language Evaluation of Russian Leader

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2725: Ted Nugent: Calls Barack Obama, "a Subhuman Mongrel" - Body Language Tells 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2783: Hillary Clinton asked again about 2016 - Body Language Tells