Monday, October 21, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2567: Keanu Reeves, "Man of Tai Chi" and a Beta Posture (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Recently Keanu Reeves appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote his new movie "Man of Tai Chi". The film which was shot in Beijing and Hong Kong is loosely based on Reeves' friend, stuntman Tiger Chen. Keanu Reeves plays the antagonist and it is also his directorial debut.

In this video, Keanu assumes a significantly beta nonverbal posture and maintains this for about 20 seconds (3:06 - 3:26). In this configuration his left elbow is resting on the back of a flat, stiff and palm-down right hand. This is a nonverbal metaphor signifying that the subject of which he's speaking "needs some support" and thus is exaggerated or deceptive. Coexistent along with this hand-support is the abbreviated arm cross with one arm (his right). Taken in whole, this body language cluster is significant for a low confidence, defensive emotional tone and is significantly suspect for a lie.

See also:

Nonverbal Secret No. 33: Keanu Reeves' - Covering the Mouth While Smiling

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1241:  Ron Paul - A Low Confidence Pledge of Allegiance

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 913:  Low Confidence, Low Trust and Demure

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2440:  Vladimir Putin Dials Up His Alpha ... Foot Position, Projecting Leadership,  Confidence & Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2519:  Vladimir Putin Speaks Syria,  Chemical Weapons and Disarmament -  Body Language just after his New York Times Op-Ed

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 337:  Michele Bachmann's Low Confidence Stance

Nonverbal Communication Secret # 14:  Minnie Driver's High and Low Confidence Drivers: Arms Akimbo and Assertive Attitudes