Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3500: Gal Gadot's last name used to be "Greenstein" - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Gal Gadot was a guest yesterday on Jimmy Kimmel Live promoting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in which she has a supporting role.  In the initial moments of the video clip included above, Mr. Kimmel asks about her last name, when she describes her parent's changing her surname from "Greenstein" to "Gadot".

At 0:25 she continues, "... No, but actually the Gadot used to be Greenstein (up-talk with 'Greenstein')."

What in popular lexicon is called "Hand-Wringing" occurs during this sentence. This hand-to-hand self-touching or MAP variation (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) is a common anxiety tell. This image was capture just as she says, the first syllable of "Greenstein" and the closing of her eyes in a prolonged blink within this context signifies an emotional distancing.

Her up-talking with this specific word when she is making a declarative statement makes it seem as though she is asking permission. This is highly congruent with her hand-wringing and prolonged blink and a good example of paralanguage paralleling body language. Whenever the nonverbal behavior and vocal qualities (paralanguage) are in agreement, it is there you will find the truth (regardless of the words).

During 0:28 Ms. Gadot looks down to her right (a very common quadrant for right-hand dominant people [as is Gadot] to momentarily glance during particularly sad, embarrassing, guilt or high-anxiety moments). In addition she raised her right eyebrow and forehead - signifying disbelief (that Greenstein was her true surname). Even more noticeable is Wonder Woman's mouth of fear - although here it's unilaterally expressed (and a microexpression). The highly characteristic mouth corner pulled out (laterally) and downward is along with her head turn, eyes gazing down to Gadot's right and unilateral eyebrow/forehead elevation is a nonverbal cluster of social-fear (as opposed to physical fear) and embarrassment.

After Jimmy asks, "Really?" and she replies, "Yeah", Gadot again displays the same forehead/eyebrow elevation with a head nod in the opposite direction.

What does her head nod indicate in this context?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3499: President Obama Nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3496: Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush Hugging at Nancy Reagan's Funeral

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3492: Maria Sharapova Admits Failed Drug Test

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3488: Donald Trump Brags about the size of penis - but His Body Language Indicates Anxiety/Deception

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2989: Jessica Chastain, "Interstellar", David Letterman and a Partial Emblematic Slip

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2898: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman, a Suppressed Smile and ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3299: Kim Davis, Contempt-of-Court, Same-Sex Marriages and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2462:  San Diego Mayor Bob Filner -  Sexual Harassment, Body Language and Foreheads