This video recently went viral. In it, Ethan Lee finds out from his mother Miny, that he's going to be an older brother - a wish he's made repeatedly. Here we see some excellent examples and variations of mouth-covering, face-covering and eye-covering.
In these cluster-contexts, Ethan's body language is signaling to us that his emotional brain has not yet completely processed the news - although his logical brain already understands.
Eye, mouth and partial nose covering
Often when we see examples of these MAPs (Manipulators, Adaptors, Pacifiers) - they are in the context of negative emotions, yet here Ethan is overjoyed (and in disbelief).
Nose covering and partial mouth covering
People who routinely cover portions of their faces when good or bad news is heard or seen - have higher empathy quotients. They also tend to be much more sincere vs. those who don't exhibit these MAPs during such key moments.
Many people erroneously think that covering of the mouth, nose or eyes is due to embarrassment.
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