These are images of Omar Mateen who's been identified as the perpetrator in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The tragedy took place at "Pulse", a nightclub in Orlando, Florida early this morning. At the time of this writing, fifty people have died while fifty-three more are injured. Omar Mateen was killed by law enforcement. He was 29 years old, a security guard, an American citizen and was born in the State of New York. Via a 911 call, Mateen pledged allegiance to the ISIS (aka ISIL, Daesh) immediately before the attack. It has been labeled an act of domestic terrorism by the U.S. Government.
The image above displays a moderate level of Contempt.
Arrogance, Dismissal and Disgust
An extremely prominent pattern among perpetrators of violence, mass shootings and terrorist acts - is the prevalence of the chronic displays of anger, contempt and disgust. As human beings we all are entitled to feel these emotions from time to time, yet those who commit such acts of violence will display these emotions CHRONICALLY.
Subtle disgust, contempt and anger
While this phenomenon has always been true - in the past decade or so, with the dramatic rise of social media this pattern of expression prominence is much easier to document. These nonverbal signals become visual metaphors for the emotions projected out unto the World via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, etc. Contempt, Anger and Disgust are being transmitted (both consciously and unconsciously) for all the World to see. The social media persona is a sort of "reverse Rorschach" - encapsulating and representing his/her self-image.
Of course all people who CHRONICALLY display disgust, contempt and anger will not become perpetrators of mass violence, however - and this is profoundly important - there is an extremely high prevalence for those who frequently project these expressions to have impulse control disorder (e.g., a short temper). Rather than diplomacy and discussion - they will tend to rapidly default to loud arguments, rage and violence with a significantly higher frequency than normal. Such behavior should always be taken into account with all threat assessment practices.
Dismissal and Contempt
My deep condolences to the victims, their families and loved-ones.
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