Thursday, June 4, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3205: "This is why mom doesn't F@cking love you!" - Lance Kale Jackman fires a gun in the Family Living Room - A Body Language Signal of Laughter Suppression (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In this recently viral video, Lance Kale Jackman fires a handgun in the family living Room (It's not clear whether this was a blank or live round). His brother, shocked, then yells, "This is why mom doesn't fucking love you!"

From a body language perspective, this 9.1 second video provides a great illustration of a particular nonverbal signal known as an "Inward Lip Roll". The inward lip roll (aka ILR) is one method the psyche uses for both the inward down-regulation of, as well as the outward suppression of an emotion which, either momentarily or of longer duration, he/she does not want to be discovered or fully expressed. Most of the time an ILR is suppressing a negative emotion (anger, disgust, etc.). However here the emotion being squelched is joy/laughter - albeit in a considerably atypical scenario.

2.1 seconds

Mr. Jackman is about to fire a revolver - an action of which his brother is yet unaware. 

His lips are rolled inward in an effort to try and suppress his joy-laughter. An ILR involves the teeth biting down on the lips (sometimes gently, sometimes with significant force). Note his mid-face is taught - which is easily seen in his "mustache area" and flared nostrils.

2.7 seconds

The instant he fires the gun, Jackman's inward lip roll begins to rapidly disappear - for he no longer has the need to keep a secret. 


Lance Jackman begins to break into a full laughter. Notice that his blushing, which was also present earlier - is now more fully expressed.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3204: "Inside Out" Movie Clip - Mostly Correct, but some Wrong Expressions for Emotion-Characters

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3203: Caitlyn Jenner on Vanity Fair - Did Annie Leibovitz Project what she intended? - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3111: Dakota Johnson rips into her Mom, Melanie Griffith at Oscars

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3058: Stuart Scott's ESPY Award Speech - a Common Yet Very Under-appreciated Signal of Sadness/Grief Suppression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2652: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live - Trying to Suppress the Laughter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2925: Governor Rick Perry's Mug Shot - What Emotions are Present?