Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3047: Ethan's Christmas wish comes true - Emotional Processing of Joy-Happiness (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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.

Mouth 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.

Congratulations Ethan!

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3046: Chris Pine Dials Up His Alpha - "Into the Woods"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3040: Mourning after the Sydney Hostage Crisis - Sincerity & Empathy

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2969: Maggie Q, David Letterman, Empathy and Sincerity Quotients

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2720: Ireen Wüst - A Gold Medal, Emotional Processing and Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2800: Richard Gere Plays a Homeless Man and a Caring Parisian Gives Him Food - Body Language of Sincerity and Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3039: Selfies and Smiling at the Sydney Hostage Crisis