Monday, September 5, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3683: Brock Turner Released from Prison after 3 Months - Body Language & Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Last Friday Brock Turner was released from Jail. His departure drew wide media attention and is shown in the video above. On 30 March 2016, he was found guilty of:

1.) Assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman.
2.) Sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object
3.) Sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.

On 2 June 2016, Turner was sentenced to 6 months in Jail ([Not prison] 3 months after his trial in addition to time already served). Turner must stay registered as a sex offender for the duration of his life. He was also sentenced to three years of probation and in addition to mandatory sex offender rehabilitation.

Many people were and remain outraged that Turner's sentence was so lenient.  

From a nonverbal communication perspective, the above video captures an excellent example of what is known as "duping delight". Duping delight is an expression of a suppressed smile (partial and frequently subtle) which, when observed, often appears to be out of context. It can occur when a person feels true joy-happiness from a perceived victory in the act fooling a person or group of people (if may be for something small and innocuous or monumental and harmful).

The image below shows Turner during the 0:06 segment of the video above. Just glance at this photo for a fraction of a second and close your eyes. You should see a trace of a smile. While it is subtle, it's definitely there - a smile.

Intriguingly, Turner displayed an almost identical expression in his arresting mugshot. Moreover and unbelievably Brock Turner was smiling after he was tackled by Lars Peter Jonsson (who along with his friend Carl Frederik Arndt rescued the victim in the midst of the assault). Jonsson chased and tackled Turner - and then said to him, "What are you smiling for?'' Turner allegedly answered, "I'm not smiling".

Summary: During his release from jail, Brock Turner once again displayed "Duping Delight". This example of nonverbal behavior is a manifestation of Turner feeling true joy-happiness in his belief that he has "beat the system".

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3683: Milo Yiannopoulos believes trolling is his way of "Doing God's work"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3681: Hillary Clinton's Low Transparency

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3676: Colin Kaepernick Says He Be Sitting Down During the National Anthem

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3671: Trump's and Pence's Tweets

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3624: Terrorist Attack in Nice, France

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3602: Samantha Cameron's Beta Behavior - How Not to Stand Beside the Prime Minister

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3573: Angela Merkel, the G7, Destroying Rapport and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3531: Helen Mirren, Subways, Sincerity and Empathy