Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3829: Mary Tyler Moore - Flirtatious, Sexy, Alpha Female Smile - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTO)




Mary Tyler Moore was known for her warm, wholesome, sincere smiles. However, in this 1971 image of Ms. Moore, the beloved actor was captured in a very deliberate deviation from that stereotype.

This is an example of a very specific sub-type of a "Social Smile". By definition, social smiles are not sincere - yet they are not necessarily always unwanted.


Note Mary's mouth is asymmetrical - with the right side elevated.

Mary's left eyebrow is also elevated slightly - a difference which is amplified by the partial covering of her right eyebrow with her hair.

Although we cannot see her arms fully, her right arm is held in akimbo - away from her torso (and by the angle of her right arm, this is probably a fingers-forward akimbo [more alpha]). Her hands are most likely semi-clasping on her right hip/lower torso. This is a relative alpha, action-oriented and assertive upper extremity configuration.

Summary: Taken in toto (and particularly given Mary's facial expression) - this body language cluster projects a strong, flirtatious, sexy, "I'm-in-charge", alpha female set of nonverbal signals.

Thank you Mary Tyler Moore. You are missed.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3828: Donald Trump's Body Language Display Rarely Used By Any Past President

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3826: Kellyanne Conway to Chuck Todd, Press Secretary Sean Spicer Gave 'Alternative Facts'

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3824: Donald Trump's Inaugural Speech - Three Ways of Pointing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3806: The Bachelor Nick Viall Awkwardly Reunites with Ex-Girlfriends Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe on Jimmy Kimmel

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3801: Marion Cotillard, Lip Syncing and Honest Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3778: Steve Harvey Recounts His Miss Universe Mistake

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3768: Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3732: Donald Trump cuts short interview after Question Regarding Racism - Predicting Trump's Behavior

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3673: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin separate after Sexting Scandal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3595: LeBron James, Disbelief and Emotional Processing


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