It's difficult to look into the face of a killer. This image is the mug shot of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez taken in April of this year when he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Yesterday Abdulazeez opened fired on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He killed four marines and wounded three people before he was fatally shot by police officers. One man, a navy petty officer, later died from his wounds. My deepest condolences to their families and loved-ones.
From a nonverbal perspective Abdulazeez's facial expression displays clear yet not extreme contempt. On a scale from 0 - 10 (with 10 being maximum) his level of contempt expression is about a 4. Those who perpetrate mass shootings and crimes of terrorism virtually always display chronic expressions contempt, disgust and/or anger (Can you consistently identify moderate or subtle examples of these expressions?). Of course this does not mean that all those who display the nonverbal signals consistent with these emotions will go on to commit these or other crimes. However those individuals who display such patterns of behavior will predictably have much higher incidences of :
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Impulse control problems
- Predilections toward violence
How objective are you? Can you spot disparities between what is said and what is felt? Can you see problems and behaviors before they happen?
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