Friday, October 24, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2990: Jaylen Fryberg - alleged School Shooter - Washington's Marysville-Pilchuck High School - Body Language Tells & Warning Signs (PHOTO)

This is an image of Jaylen Fryberg taken from his social media. He is alleged to have shot five students, killing one before shooting himself earlier today. The shooting occurred at Washington's Marysville-Pilchuck High School, near Seattle where Fryberg was a freshman.

From a behavioral and nonverbal perspective, this image is highly notable for the emotion of contempt Fryberg is so prominently displaying. In addition, his posting the picture on social media carries additional signaling ... and warning. While every person experiences contempt and thus displays its expression occasionally - it is profoundly important to note that those who commit mass shootings, terrorism and other violent acts display chronic expressions of contempt and/or disgust - and must not be ignored or discounted.

My condolences to those affected by this tragedy.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2989: Jessica Chastain, "Interstellar", David Letterman and a Partial Emblematic Slip

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2828: Elliot Roger, Isla Vista/U.C. Santa Barbara Mass Shooting & Threat Assessment - Body Language and Threat Assessment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2639: Denver School Shooting and a Body Language of High Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2231: A Common Facial Expression of Mass Killers - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool