Yesterday Jennifer Lawrence interview-bombed Natalie Dormer at the Mockingjay Part 2 premier. Lawrence intended to Dormer on her cheek - but at the last split-second the Game of Thrones star turned her head and Lawrence unwittingly kisser her on the mouth. Jennifer Lawrence is of course known for her unfiltered personality - particularly during award ceremonies and other similar events - and she did not disappoint here. The encounter was hilarious - and virtually everyone who watches it can certainly empathize with their own missed-kiss scenarios. It also provides for us a classic body language display.
Just after Ms. Lawrence realized what has happened (0:01 and more completely shown at 2:09) she goes through several rapid nonverbal displays - one of which is captured in the image below. When we are surprised - and usually when there is a substantial fear component - the fingers will often straighten and splay out for several tenths of seconds. This occurred before Jennifer fully emotionally processed her faux pas.
While here, her emotional recovery is quick - most people will have no trouble recognizing Lawrence's short-lived yet substantial spike of fear.
Very often in a business, the courtroom or during a negotiation-type setting, such finger splaying may be the primary or essentially the only overt signal of fear that's shown.
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