Friday, January 3, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2667: Jimbo Fisher and Son Ethan - A Body Language Barometer of Affection (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Jimbo Fisher, head football coach of the No. 1 ranked Florida State University, is pictured here hugging his son, Ethan. Ethan Fisher has a rare blood disorder - Fanconi Anemia. It is transmitted autosomal recessively (thus requiring a single gene from each parent) and occurs in one of every 350,000 births (although higher in some demographics). These unfortunate people lack the ability for some DNA repair and as a result most develop cancer and bone marrow failure.

From a body language point of view, this image is a great illustrator of affection display during a hug. Hugs are sadly all too rare - the average one lasting only about three seconds with sincere hugs lasting longer.

One of several indicators of both affection and sincerity is eye closure during a hug. Ninety percent of a human being's sensory input is visual - and forty percent of the mass of the brain is dedicated to the visual system. Thus when the eyes are closed during a hug, there is a momentary small yet significant shunting of a portion of blood flow away from the visual centers and a down-regulation of electrical-chemical activity there. This allows the other four senses as well as the cognitive and emotional centers of the brain to up-regulate and become more sensitive. When we automatically close our eyes during a hug, it is because of our subconscious desire to experience every last drop of emotion. Our emotional brain wants to maximize the experience.

Good luck Ethan Fisher - a long life of joy and health to you.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1855:  Sincere Kisses & Closed Eyes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1898:  Heat, Hugs & Head Surrogates

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2108:  Rihanna's and Chris Brown's Kiss and Hug What are they REALLY feeling?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2482:  Alex Rodriguez's Sincerity Body Language of a One-Sided Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2438:  Sincere Surprise Body Language Three Year Old Receives Brain Stem Implant and Hears for the First Times 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2578: Obamacare Website Apology - Sincere vs. Insincere?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2665: Nick Saban's "Tongue in Cheek" Body Language - What Does It Mean? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2663: Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy Engaged - A Body Language Sign of Affection