Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3376: Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games and "Honest Anxiety" - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Liam Hemsworth carried Jennifer Lawrence's purse on The Great Wall of China - and you may find that part of this video entertaining. Yet what's more instructive, is to watch a professional actor such as Hemsworth - who is paid well to suspend our disbelief (and who's rather good at it) - when he's just being himself. That is to say, even those who are skilled at acting-lying, when they're back in their own skin, just being themselves - their body language projects their sincere feelings (e.g. they can't deceive any better than average).

At the beginning of the video Jimmy Kimmel says: "So this is the ah .... fourth now, and the most significantly, final time, you'll be traveling the World promoting The Hunger Games."

Hemsworth: "This is the last one."

Kimmel: "Is it bitter-sweet for you?"

Hemsworth: "Yeah, it is. Yeah I mean it's. You know, it's, it's, it's the end of a, a great journey and I think we all had a good time. But ah, I think we're just sad not to tour the World together. I think that's, that's one of the funnest parts of all because we're such good friends."

During the 0:11 to 0:15 segment we see Liam Hemsworth scratch/rub behind his right ear, first with his index finger (forefinger) and then with two fingers. 

This rubbing/scratching on the "bump" behind the right ear (the mastoid process) is indicative of "honest anxiety". Said another way, this nonverbal signal transmits anxiety and quite importantly has a very low likelihood of associated deception

Therefore in this specific example, Hemsworth's verbal message is very congruent with his nonverbal signal (as well as with his paralanguage) - so in this context, Hemsworth has a high sincerity quotient.

There is a myriad of other nonverbal signals in this video - how many did you see? What if Hemsworth were scratching/rubbing his ear (rather than behind it) - what would that signify? In front of his ear?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3375: Donald Trump Questions Ben Carson's Stabbing Story - Body Language Tell

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3373: Barack Obama Delivers a Statement on the attacks in Paris 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3363: Chris Christie's Viral Video - Why do even Democrats love it? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3226: Bobby Jindal Jumps In the 2016 Presidential Race - Puts "Family Meeting" online 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3227: Bobby Jindal's, "... I am tanned ..." remark - What does his Body Language tell us?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3242: Jennifer Lawrence, Singing Cher, Liam Hemsworth and Body Language 

Negotiation Secret No. 126: Anxiety Like Beckham

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3256: Katie Holmes on Jimmy Fallon