Prince Fielder, the Texas Rangers' first baseman, appeared on the cover of ESPN today. In keeping with the sports magazine's body issue - he posed nude. Yet what emotion was on his face?
Many would misidentify his expression for a slight smile or even anger - yet it is neither. Fielder's nonverbal is contempt. There may be also an element of disgust present however the oblique angle of this image makes it impossible to discern.
How would you define the emotion of contempt (most people can't)? Remarkably, the display of contempt by your spouse/partner is the most reliable predictor of divorce/breakup. How many times in the past week did you misidentify this very telling and destructive emotion?
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