Today Jodi Arias was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Travis Alexander.
Chin-holding of another person is rarely associated with healthy love. Even in the context of an established relationship, it very often signals false-affection and false-intimacy. Thus chin holding frequently (but not always) is a warning sign. And although nonverbal signals should never be interpreted in isolation, when it's seen - the vast majority of the time chin-holding indicates a degree of objectification and a mindset of ownership. It can also signal hyper-alpha and narcissistic qualities.
Survivors of kidnappings and hostage scenarios will often recount this and similar body language signs - however with these individuals and situations, their sinister motives' are obvious much too late. Of course most acts of objectification don't have violent endings, but the trick is - to see this and other red flags ahead of time.
What specific emotions are Travis Alexander's facial expression projecting?
Given the placement of Arias' left hand, what is the significance of the position of her right hand on the back of Travis' neck?
My condolences to the family of Mr. Alexander.
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