Saturday, January 3, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3057: Lionel Messi Insane Touch on Japanese TV Program ● "Lifting High 18m" - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

This is an incredible display of strength and agility by the talented footballer Lionel Messi - forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and captain of the Argentine national team. Yet beyond sport and the entertainment value here, this World-class athlete provides some excellent body language tells in this video - some of which are highlighted below.

1:05 - 1:07 (as well as 1:08 - 1:14 & 1:33 - 1:35)

This body language pattern of facial touching MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) is consistent with significant anxiety and contemplation. If this were a closer and a slightly more detailed image, we may also see additional nuance and signs of projecting disagreement.

1:15 Mouth of Fear

In this moment Messi displays his significant trepidation as to whether or not he can be successful.


1:16 - 1:17

Despite this low resolution image, we can see Lionel's facial expression indicating both disagreement and regret

1:29 Loose Forward Lip Purse

This nonverbal is only seen in when a person believes they are in some way (or perhaps all ways) an alpha relative to with whom they're interacting.

It signals a large disparity with what is said openly and what is thought-felt.

When you see this body language you should know that the person has a clandestine disagreement or clandestine plan and they also believe they have a good chance that they will be successful in its execution. This signal is extremely valuable in the context of sales, negotiations and within the legal profession.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3056: Jeb Bush Interview - 14 Dec. 2014 - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2900: Lionel Messi and the Lateral Lip Purse

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3019: Bill Cosby, Rape Allegations, AP Interview

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3009: Vladimir Putin, Chivalry and China's first lady Peng Liyuan

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2586: Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game" - Microexpression and Macroexpression of Regret - Harrison's Brand and the Stanislavski Method

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3052: Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Chief Bill Bratton

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2987: Tristan Thompson Kisses Sideline Reporter Allie Clifton