Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2085:
Dina Eastwood - Tongue-in-Cheek Variant

The anteriorly directed (towards the front) Tongue-in-Cheek variant (particularly with her coexisting eye and forehead configurations) exemplified by Dina Eastwood (Clint's Wife) is a sexually provocative body language display. This nonverbal sign can occur both consciously and at the edge-of-consciousness. Ms. Eastwood's hair preening is also consistent with flirtatious behavior. And although the context of this photo is deliberately theatrical, if we were to have a video of this moment, her elbow would most probably be seen for a time to extend out straight laterally, opening exposing her armpit.

Tongue-in-Cheek displays can have several additional meanings depending on the other nonverbals with which they are clustered. These include anger, sadness, alpha dominant display, "I just caught you", "I just won", self-righteousness/smugness, telling a lie.

See also:

Analysis # 1911: Preening as a Signal of Affection-Attraction

Analysis # 1858: What the Eyes Do - Mild vs. Severe Anger

Analysis # 1834: Chelsea FC vs. Bayern Munich and the G8