Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2277:
Diane O'Meara, Lennay Kekua,
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo & Manti Te'o -
O'Meara's Body Language - Part I

The above interview segment is of course edited, however within the context of the video provided, Diane O'Meara is being completely honest. She demonstrates no signals of deception. Moreover her overall "Sincerity Quotient" is high as well (If you were conducting voir dire - you would definitely want to select her for your jury). If the basic framework of this "catfishing" story holds, her honesty & sincerity has no direct bearing on the honesty level of Manti Te'o. Ms. O'Meara, the woman whose likeness was used to allegedly dupe the Notre Dame football star, is scheduled for a more complete interview tomorrow and it will perhaps be more telling. The elaborate hoax, apparently orchestrated by Mr. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, had Te'o believing her name was "Lennay Kekua".

Of particular note is the "Self-Righteous Head Wiggle" (SRHW) that Ms. O'Meara demonstrates during 0:33 - 0:35 in the midst of saying, "...My name is not, Lennay Kekua ...". The self-righteous head wiggle is often seen simultaneously with a display of contempt and incredulity - both of which Ms. O'Meara also subtly displays on her left. Anger and disgust are other common emotions which may accompany a SRHW. It is very often seen displayed by an alpha personality when speaking with betas - when making definitive statements (or similar answers) and/or with the need to be particularly assertive. The characteristic side-to-side rapid movement of the head/neck (and to a lesser degree the torso) seen here can sometimes also be accompanied by an additional backwards or forwards component (although neither present in this example).

Later in the video Diane O'Meara also displays the body language of subtle disgust as she says, "...that would fix this..."(2:25 - 2:29).

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2148: Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan and the "Self-Righteous Head Wiggle" in the Vice Presidential Debate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1923: Hillary Clinton's Body Language re: Syrian Government - The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2167: Colin Powell Endorses President Obama -  His Body Language Display of Anxiety, Contempt & the  Self-Righteous Head Wiggle

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2102: The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle and the Conventional Steeple vs.Basketball Steeple

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1552: The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle & The Buffett Rule

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2158: Kennebunk Maine, Alexis Wright, Prostitution &  Spotting the Body Language of the Self Righteous

Nonverbal Communication Intelligence # 2113: Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, the U.S. and the  Self-Righteous Head Wiggle

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2286:  Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's Body Language on Dr. Phil's Interview -  The Voice and Mind of "Lennay Kekua" - Part I

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2287:  Ronaiah Tuiasosopo on Dr. Phil Interview -  Part II - A Body Language Signal that's a Red Flag

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2280: Manti Te'o's interview with Katie Couric Manti isn't telling us the whole truth -  Te'o's Body Language of Duping Delight

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2278: Diane O'Meara (the "face" of Lennay Kekua)  on the Mantei Te'o "Girlfriend Hoax"  Part 2