Friday, April 4, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2775: Johnny Depp is wearing Amber's Engagement Ring - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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.

Hmmm .....

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.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2774: David Letterman Announces His Retirement - Body Language Tells

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 No. 2685: Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Engaged - When They Fell In Love - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2447:  Johnny Depp Disagrees with  "The Lone Ranger" Director Gore Verbinski But He Won't Say It Aloud ...  Tonto's Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2380:  Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger & David Letterman  Tonto's Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2424:  Giada De Laurentiis on Conan O'Brien  Beautiful Teeth but Insincere Smiles and  Some Body Language Signals of Waning Love