Pending the resolution of the allegations of child abuse, Adrian Peterson has been deactivated by the Minnesota Vikings. The star NFL running back has been indicted for "reckless and negligent injury" of his four-year old son after he disciplined his son with a tree branch.
In this image we see a cluster of several nonverbals indicative of a heightened anxiety state. Mr. Peterson's central forehead is contracted (CFC), his eyes are opened wider than baseline with tension in his lower eyelids, he's biting his bottom lip with a mild-to-moderate dilation of his nostrils along with a mild tightening of his "mustache area" (termed so regardless of facial hair or gender). In this moment, Adrian Peterson is certainly worried and more specifically - he has a significant amount of emotional pain and mild-to-moderate fear.
Often such expressions only last a fraction of a second (e.g. microexpression or near-microexpression). However it is amazing how many otherwise socially-adept professionals mislabel these and other emotions.
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