Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3102: Movie Portrayal of "Christian Grey" is a Sociopath or Worse - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Throughout much of the film, Fifty Shades of Grey, the actor who portrays Christian Grey - Jamie Dornan - uses facial expressions consistent with a sociopath or psychopath. Note in the image below, his right eyelid is opened slightly more than a resting eye - while his left is closed slightly more. With mild to moderate levels of anger, the eyelids partially close - and with greater anger (e.g., rage) they open wider (exceptions of course for some medical conditions). His eyebrows are also displaced downward (especially the inner aka medial brows) while they are also being drawn together - also is transmitting signals of anger. Thus in this image - just looking at Dornan's/Grey's eyelids we see two different levels of anger - and should instinctually bias us to interpreting this as an anger crescendo.

Grey's lower face seems a contradiction though - here displaying a mild "mouth smile" (This smile is far from sincere though). This disparity between his mouth and eyes should send up a red flag for most everyone - yet a high percentage of people mislabel this expression. Unfortunately this facial configuration has been largely indoctrinated by Hollywood for some type of swagger or romantic expression. There is no romance here. And while some may feel alpha/assertive/powerful when using this face, those who use it often are absolutely to be avoided.

We're all human - and from time to time we all express the full gamut of emotions and their nonverbal signals. Yet people who display this particular facial expression frequently are sociopaths or psychopaths. Run don't walk.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3101: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jada Pickett Smith and "Focus"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2259: Game Show Killer Rodney Alcala Gets Two More Sentences - His Body Language Warning Signs

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3063: Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Sentenced to Two Years for Corruption

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2231:  A Common Facial Expression of Mass Killers - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2656: Threat Assessment during Robbery - Body Language of Perpetrator

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3085: Olivia Munn Doesn't Like Johnny Depp - Just Listen to Her Body Language (Not Her Words)

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