Last night Johnny Depp was on the "Late Show with David Letterman". Apparently Depp's wearing a woman's engagement ring which didn't fit his fiancée - Amber Heard. Johnny then started wearing it himself and he bought Amber another.
One of many great nonverbal displays in this video is known as a Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression (R2E2) and it occurs during the 0:55 - 0:57 segment. At 0:49 Letterman begins, "... ah, so you go out and, and ... Well, nobody knows anybody's finger size, do they?" Depp answers, "[R2E2 with head shake and while twisting the same ring as well as displaying an extended blink] No .... it's a big fallacy!"
The R2E2 nonverbal may be seen as a microexpression or near microexpression - however it also much may be of longer duration (here it lasts for about 2 seconds). It is often confused with the expression of disgust (do you know how to differentiate them?).
We all make this nonverbal occasionally - however whenever you see an R2E2, ask yourself - "What (and why) is this person trying to convince me of?" They are often trying to rationalize an idea which they do not believe in very strongly - and they're trying to recruit you as co-rationalizer. They are trying to dial up your empathy and gain rapport (ergo its name - Rationalization, Rapport, Empathy Expression).
In the sales world, this expression is utilized very often - and indeed it's over-used. As with all body language which may build rapport, over-use of the R2E2 will backfire and destroy it.
Be very wary of those who over-use the R2E2 - in sales and otherwise. It's a red-flag for manipulation - or worse.
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