Friday, March 14, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2751: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp, Gina Meyers and Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Oscar Pistorius's trial in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is continuing in Pretoria, South Africa. The double amputee Olympic athlete is seen in this image in the foreground, out of focus.

In the background on the extreme left of the photo is a friend of Steenkamp's - Gina Meyers. She is seen displaying one variety of a "Critical Evaluation Cluster". Here we see the thumb of her right hand supporting the left aspect of her mandible (jaw) while her pinky finger rests on her philtrum and covers her central mouth/lips. The remainder of her fingers are on the right side of her face/cheek. This specific body language MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) is termed the "Double-L" and is a nonverbal cluster highly indicative of Critical Evaluation.

Meyers's does not believe what she's hearing.

Although details are somewhat difficult to visualize in this lower resolution close-up of this same moment, Gina Meyers's right eyebrow can be seen to be elevated compared to her left side. As expected, her right forehead can also be seen in a contracted state (with evanescent furrows). This unilateral raised eyebrow is a specific facial expression telling us she is disbelief with what she is hearing and/or seeing.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2750: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Lies - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1926:  Mexico's President-Elect Enrique Peña Nieto  Critical Evaluation Body Language Cluster

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1720:  Critical Evaluation, Disbelief & a Partial Emblematic Slip  Valérie Trierweiler & Francois Hollande

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2461:  Prosecutor John Guy's response to  Defense Attorney Don West's Knock-Knock Joke  Body Language at George Zimmerman's Trial

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 1019:  David Cameron's Critical Cluster