Saturday, December 14, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2640: Disgust at Denver area School Shooting - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Karl Halverson Pierson severely wounded a classmate yesterday in a school shooting in Centennial, Colorado before killing himself. His apparent motive was revenge against a teacher/librarian at Arapahoe High School who had expelled him from the debate/speech team.

In the above video beginning at 0:55, a classmate of Pierson's, Chris Davis, describes the shooter, "He's really smart but weird; just has some weird ideas and weird thoughts about stuff." At several times during this brief statement, Mr. Davis expresses mild to moderate disgust level (about a 3 or 4 on a 1-to-10 scale).

From this camera angle and low resolution is not possible to tell completely whether or not there is a contempt component to this facial expression (image below). A common nonverbal signal for contempt is identical to unilateral (one-sided) disgust.

Can you identify all the signals of disgust? Can you spot subtle examples? How about contempt?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2639: Denver School Shooting and a Body Language of High Empathy

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2313: Elisa Lam Video in Elevator at Cecil Hotel - What Her Body Language Tells Us

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2512:  Matthew Cordle's YouTube Confession  and the Death of Vincent Canzani  "I Killed a Man" - What His Body Language Tells Us ...  It's NOT what you think!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2259:  Game Show Killer Rodney Alcala Gets Two More Sentences - His Body Language Warning Signs

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2355:  Adam Lanza's College ID and the  Body Language of Eyes Chronically Wide Open