Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3099: Jon Stewart Announces he's Leaving "The Daily Show" - A Classic Body Language Cluster (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Yesterday Jon Stewart announced he'll be leaving The Daily Show. A video segment of this surprise is included above.

While Stewart's eyes do mildly well-up with tears here (note the inside corner of Stewart's left eye) he does not fully cry. He also gives us a great example of multiple other congruent body language indicators. When two or more signs occur simultaneously (or nearly so) such temporal grouping is termed a nonverbal "cluster".

So other than the tears, the following nonverbals are very common during moments when crying and sadness are being partially suppressed:
  • Extended upward gaze 
  • Whites of Eyes turning Red (injected conjunctiva)
  • Flared Nostrils
  • A Vertical Stretching of the Mid-face
  • Jaw Clenching
  • Jaw Jut
  • Inward Lip Roll (ILR)
  • Hard Swallows (two)
  • Facial Flushing (reddening)
  • Banging on the Table
Although seen in varying degrees at different moments in this video - all ten (and Jon's tears make eleven) can be seen in one second during 2:30-2:31. What are some other common body language signs of suppression of sadness which are missing in this second?

Of course Stewart openly admits to near-crying here and because these nonverbal signals are densely clustered most will see and identify this emotional moment accurately. Yet very often people will display only one or two of these signs and they'll be spread out over longer duration. You'd be very surprised at just how often the otherwise socially adept and "successful" professional will completely miss these emotional cues.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3098: Drew Peterson Alleged to have Hired a Hit Man to Kill Attorney James Glasgow - Peterson's Mug Shot - Contempt vs. Duping Delight?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2888: Hillary Clinton, Jon Stewart and Destroying Rapport

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2796: Olivia Wilde, Butter, Jon Stewart and the Tongue in Cheek

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2186:  Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus,  Body Language and the man who would be President ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2617: Walter Cronkite Announces President John Kennedy's Death - Body Language and Suppression of Grief

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2839: Jonah Hill's Apology on Jimmy Fallon - Sincere or Insincere? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2723: Bode Miller's Interview after His Super G Bronze at Sochi 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3054: Rory McIlroy laughs off "Sweet Caroline" tune (But Not Memories of Wozniacki) - Blushing, Smiling, Sincerity and Empathy