Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 375:
Emotional Pain & Physical Pain

Luis Suarez ("El Pistolero" aka "The Gunslinger") the Uruguayan footballer star who plays for Liverpool is shown here after a recent missed opportunity. Luis is experiencing emotional pain and yet his face and hand/arm positions are identical to that of that of physical pain. If we saw him in a cafe' or certainly in a doctor's office, we may very well think Suarez is suffering a severe headache. When emotional pain is moderate to intense - this "blending of pain expressions" is an extremely common and even expected nonverbal characteristic - particularly if the cause of the emotional pain is recent.