Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2621: Matt Smith (11th Incarnation of 'Dr. Who'), Anxiety and American Psycho (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Matt Smith and David Tennant were recently guests on The Graham Norton Show in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of 'Dr. Who'. The following is the dialog from 1:50 to 2:04 of the video above.

Norton: "Is it the thing about the Musical, of 'American Psycho'. Is that true?"

Smith: "Yea, I'm - rehearsing it now."

Norton: "Oh, so it's that soon?"

Smith: "Yea, yea, God, we're going to tech next week. I've got lots of questions actually for you Robbie about singing." (to Robbie Williams)

Williams: "Right ah, I'm not the best for that."

During the entire segment from 1:57 to 2:02, Smith scratches behind his right ear (specifically on the posterior base of his right mastoid process). He does this 17 times (see below). Scratching of this area is consistent with honest anxiety. Smith is clearly quite stressed about his singing in 'Psycho'.

Do not confuse this with "The Ear Screw", "The Ear Tug" - or scratching just below or in front of the ear. These other facial nonverbal MAPs (Manipulators, Adaptors, Pacifiers) often have less straightforward meanings depending on the other body language signals with which they are clustered. Do you know what these body language signs can indicate?

See also:

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2408:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte's Anxiety & Regret via  Senators Graham & McCain -  Republican Body Language in Response to  President Obama's National Defense University Speech

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2530: Tom Coburn, Obamacare and Anxiety - Body Language Tell on a Senator's Face

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2522: Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Kimmel, Part II,  Body Language and Anxiety in Hollywood

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2604: Obamacare Girl "Adrianna" on GMA - Body Language Harbingers of ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2450:  Daniel Radcliffe on The Graham Norton Show -  Deception, Mirroring and Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2479:  Alex Rodriguez Press Conference 2 August 2013,  A-Rod's Body Language Tells Part I, Anxiety Tells