Sunday, March 6, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3490: Conor McGregor, being a Plumber and LeBron James - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Conor McGregor's recent appearance with Conan O'Brien provides a fantastic example of a rarely discussed yet classic nonverbal signal - Lower Jacket Self-Preening.

The MMA Champion displays Lower Jacket Self-Preening (aka "Picard Preening") first (during 0:04 - 0:07) as Conan brings up the topic of LeBron James posting McGregor's quote.

This variety of preening is much more common with men and is one example of an alpha up-regulator. Conor is "dialing up his alpha" qualities as he "steps into" his explanation of James posting his quote and what it means to him.

After O'Brien brings up Conor's experience as a plummer, we see the UFC 194 victor display a tongue jut (1:28). This signifies his hesitancy to want to discuss this portion of his life ("I've been caught" - and I don't want to explain this, but I have to). This also signifies some feelings self-deprecation.

A second Lower Jacket Self-Preening simultaneous with a second tongue jut, lick variation (1:29).

A Jaw Jut is displayed next - during 1:30. Contrary to what a body language novice may believe, Jaw Juts are not exclusive to anger, but may also be displayed during other strong emotions - such as suppressing tears, and with pride (and here, even further than typical pride, perhaps an element of "Fiero").

Here we can see an inward lip roll - signifying McGregor's psyche is trying to suppress emotions from growing (also at 1:30).

Conor McGregor was stunned last night in UFC 196 losing to Nate Diaz in the second round.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3489: Margot Robbie wants Prince Harry

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3138: Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, "God She's Beautiful" and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2884: Mario Götze, Germany, the 2014 World Cup final, and the Body Language of Fiero

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3402: UFC 194: Conor McGregor and José Aldo - Octagon Post Fight Interview

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3482: Donald Trump Refuses to Disavow David Duke and the KKK

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3457: Chelsea Clinton refers to Bernie Sanders as "President Sanders"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2861: Ronald Reagan and Variations on Thumbs-Up Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2135: Ronald Reagan in Nashua, New Hampshire "I'm Paying for this Microphone Mr. Green!"