Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2719: Julia Mancuso at Sochi Olympics - Body Language of a Heightened Adrenaline State (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Julia Mancuso is shown here in the slalom portion of the super combined alpine skiing event of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The American Skier went on to win a bronze medal in the event.

From a body language perspective, note how her jaw is protruding forward. This is termed a "Jaw Jut" and is a very common manifestation of a elevated adrenaline state. This nonverbal is of course no surprise here - within the context of World-class athletic competition. Yet in the everyday world a jaw jut very commonly accompanies another emotional state - that of extreme anger. In fact when this body language is seen - there is a high likelihood that the hands will be configured in fists as well as a dramatically increased chance that the anger will quickly escalate to violence. This tendency is particularly true in men.

Thus when you see a jaw jut it is a warning of a possible/probable pending attack. Take heed of this valuable threat assessment sign and move away. Seconds count.

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What body language displays do you see in the video below?