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
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.
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