Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1212:
Sudden Mouth Covering

When rapid mouth covering occurs, it's a nonverbal signal of an acute realization of an extreme amount of surprise-disbelief. This can be either incredibly good or very bad information (there may be components of both present though) suddenly delivered leading to an emotional overload.  It is a body language sign that the emotional brain is attempting to process an abrupt change of events. Those who rarely exhibit this nonverbal, tend to have low empathy quotients.

Sara Wood's husband, Scott, a marine passed away in November 2011 from injuries suffered in Iraq. This image captures the emotion of the moment - when the Dan Wallrath and Operation Finally Home gave Ms. Wood and her son, Landon a home.

See also: Secret # 221: Hillary's Empathy

See also: Secret # 22: Inspiring Confidence vs. Looking Vulnerable

See also: Secret # 21: Surprise + Fear + Empathy