Monday, August 25, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2931: Miley Cyrus has a Homeless Man, Jesse Helt, accept her MTV Video Music Award (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Yesterday at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus had a homeless man - Jesse Helt, accept her Video of the Year award (for "Wrecking Ball") on her behalf.

Mr. Helt said, “Thank you all. My name is Jesse, and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know, because I am one of those people. I have survived in shelters all over this city, the music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home. If you want to make a powerful change in the world right now, please join us and go to Miley’s Facebook page. A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream we dream together is reality. Thank you so much for your time.

This image and the close-up below were captured during the 0:46 mark.

In context where the remainder of the facial expressions are congruent (and yet often times they're not, in which case it has completely different meanings) - the presence of a central forehead contraction (eyebrows pulled together and upwards) - indicate emotional or physical pain being experienced directly or on behalf of others via empathy. 

Jesse Helt has been homeless, and for a moment the World is watching him ask for their help. 

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2930: Rand Paul and "Likability" - Building vs. Destroying It

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2922: Evacuating Yazidis from Iraq's Mount Sinjar - A Daughter's Anguish, Empathy and Mirror Neurons

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1866:  Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth are Engaged -  An Affection-Love Sincerity Signal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2787: Korean Ferry Sinking, Empathy and Emotional Processing - Body Language  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1732:  Rationalization, Rapport, Empathy Expression  How Jewel got her name

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2669: Sara Bareilles and the Body Language of the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression  

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