Monday, April 20, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3160: Warren Sapp Recounts Night with Prostitutes - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

TMZ Sports has just released a video of a portion of Warren Sapp's interview-interrogation associated with his subsequent arrest in Phoenix, Arizona on 2 February 2015 (the day after the Super Bowl) for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.

The above video is shown here because it includes a very telling nonverbal. When one arm (and often this is seen with both arms) is directed laterally (NOT pointed forward) - and usually for more than just a second or two - wherein the armpit is widely exposed (it may of course be covered by clothing), depending on the other nonverbal signals with which it is clustered, it usually indicates one of three emotional states:

1. Alpha Dominance
2. I or We have just been defeated or captured
3. Sexual attraction or sexual fantasy with a component of sexual arousal

Based on the other signals present, which of the above scenarios do you think applies to Warren Sapp in this scenario? How would your decision and body language analysis be influenced by the fact that at the time of this video, Mr. Sapp did not believe he was going to be arrested?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3159: "When a Silverback attacks" - Gorillas, Cross-species Body Language, False Distancing, Fear and Surprise

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3041: Jim Harbaugh Body Language Tutorial

Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1805:  The Most Beautiful Woman in the World  What Makes Her Even More Alluring?  Aishwarya Rai

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2748: Tatia Pilieva's Brilliant Video "First Kiss" - Body Language of Romance and Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3153: Jodi Arias gets a Life Sentence Without Parole for Killing Travis Alexander - a Body Language Warning Signal 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3138: Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, "God She's Beautiful" and Body Language