Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2443:
Kristen Wiig's Disgust & Fear Face -
Graham Norton, Chris O'Dowd and Fly Eating
(Video, Photo)

Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell were recently on The Graham Norton Show to promote their upcoming film, "Despicable Me 2". Chris O'Dowd, who was also a guest, nearly swallowed a fly in his water. The above video clip is hilarious - and from a body language aspect is also quite illustrative.

In this image Kristen Wiig's facial expression displays two primary emotions - both Fear and Disgust. The most notable characteristics at this moment (same moment in close up in image below at the 1:40 mark) are her dilated/flared nostrils along with a tightening of the comedian's mid-face. Her eyebrows are also lowered and her eyelids are significantly partially closed. These configurations are indicative of disgust.

Rapid covering of the mouth is also consistent with disgust. 

Wiig's mouth has both characteristics of both disgust (upper lip pulled up) and fear (corners of mouth pulled back).

Kristen Wiig - close up of above image

This is a humorous illustration of what is seen in the real world - emotions often occur together. The ability to discern the nuances of the nonverbal signals provides a crucial edge in both personal and professional worlds.

What other body language tells are seen in this video?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2045:  Disgust in New Delhi

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1496:  Tiger Woods' Disgust & Biofeedback

Negotiation Secret # 72 & 73: Christine Legarde's Disgust & Incredulity 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1841:  Disgust in Response to Rep. Barney Frank's "Hoodie" Joke 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2416:  Brit Marling, the Every Woman & "The East"  Body Language of Mild to Moderate Disgust and ...

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2164:  Mitt Romney's Disgust Display regarding  President Obama's Relationship with Putin and Russia -  ".... I'll give you more flexibility after the election ...."

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2390:  Charles Ramsey Interview & Cleveland Kidnappings -  Sarcastic Disbelief, Disgust and Exclamation