Saturday, February 24, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4216: NRA's Dana Loesch's Reaction to Sheriff Scott Israel at Stoneman Douglas HS Town Hall - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Along with Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and other students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel as well as the NRA's Dana Loesch - all took part in CNN's Town Hall meeting on Wednesday 21 February 2018, just one week after a mass shooting took the lives of seventeen of their fellow students and faculty. What follows is an analysis of a crucial nonverbal reaction of Ms. Loesch's toward Sheriff Israel.

Beginning at 10:49, Sheriff Israel continues, "But - lastly, we do need to have some gun control reform. Eighteen-year-olds should never have a rifle. An eighteen-year-old kid should not have a rifle. Eighteen-year-old kid, they're, they're not adults yet - they're goin', they're in high school. These kids should not have a rifle. Bump stocks should be illegal - they should be outlawed forever. Automatic rifles should be outlawed forever - and anybody who says different - I don't know about other people, but Amber and I - we're calling BS on that." Ω  ∑

Just as Sheriff Israel finishes his statement (during 11:17) Dana Loesch projects an overt disgust expression ( Ω symbol notation in the above dialog). Notice, in particular, her mid-face tightening (e.g, just above her upper lip) together with flaring of her nostril(s).

About a second later (11:18), Ms. Loesch continues her disgust display along with an added, secondary element of contempt (a slight, left-sided predominant [her left] "snarl" configuration, as notated by the symbol). Her partial upper eyelid closure - although not a required component of either disgust or contempt - acts as an amplifier for both emotional displays.

Summary: The NRA's Dana Loesch feels both disgust and contempt for Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his stance on gun control. Each of these emotions engenders a high amount of retaliatory potential.

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4215: NRA's Dana Loesch at CPAC: "Many in Legacy Media Love Mass Shootings"

Body Language Analysis No. 4212: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Responds to Questions about President Trump's Tweet Regarding the FBI and the Florida School Shooting

Body Language Analysis No. 4210: Rod Rosenstein's Hesitancy to Disclose

Body Language Analysis No. 4207: Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (Parkland, Florida), Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, and Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 4205: Chloe Kim, Albert Einstein, and Creativity

Body Language Analysis No. 4182: North, South Korea, and the Olympics

Body Language Analysis No. 4164: Emmanuel Macron's Rapport Destroyer

Body Language Analysis No. 4125: Michael Flynn, Trick Arrows, and Suppressing Strong Emotions

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie