Saturday, December 6, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3032: Reaction to Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision to Not Indict Daniel Pantaleo (PHOTO)

Tens of thousands have protested and hundreds were arrested upon learning the Grand Jury's decision not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Here we see an excellent nonverbal example of rage on the face of a woman in the center of the image (with scarf). The corners of her mouth are pulled back exposing her upper - but more so her lower teeth - with a squared-off appearance of her lower mouth and very tense lips. Considerable tension is present in her jaw muscles. Her nostrils are also flared. Her forward leaning torso also contributes to this rage cluster.

In the context of rage, her eyelids open very widely with extreme tension of her eyelids. With lesser degrees of anger the lids are also tense - however the eyelids are partially closed (think Clint Eastwood). Her central forehead is directed downward along with the inner eyebrows. If this image was of a higher resolution, what changes do you think we would be seeing in her pupils?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3031: Eric Garner's Widow - "Hell No!" - Rejecting the Apology from the Police Officer Who Killed (Choked) Her Husband

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3029: Dwayne Wade interrupted by Gabrielle Union in Post-Game Interview

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1858:  What the Eyes Do - Transitioning from Mild to Severe Anger

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2954: Attempted robbery at gunpoint caught on GoPro - Body Language Tells  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2959: The Hunger Games Mockingjay - What makes Donald Sutherland (as President Coriolanus Snow) look so Evil? Body Language Trailer Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2689: Mirrors Used as Protest Tool in Keiv (Kyiv) Ukraine - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2425:  Istanbul, Turkey Protests & Police Crack Down  Reporter Gets Too Close to Tear Gas -  Body Language Signal of Sincere Physical Pain