Saturday, May 10, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2814: Ukraine, Pro-Russian Separatists, Bilateral Eyelid Closure and Emotional Processing - Body Language Tells

This Russian separatist in Odessa (in Western Ukraine) is shown here with his finger on the trigger of a gun. His arm is extended with elbow locked and he is barking orders. Note that both of his eyelids are closed. This valuable nonverbal signal of an "extended blink" in this context signifies that the emotional brain is attempting to block his emotional crescendo. The compassionate and empathy driven side of this man's psyche does not want to be pointing a gun at anyone - and yet he is. He is trying to momentarily not-be-quite-so-human and shut off his emotions. The degree to which he does - or doesn't do so controls whether or not he pulls the trigger.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1855:  Sincere Kisses & Closed Eyes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2667: Jimbo Fisher and Son Ethan - A Body Language Barometer of Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2742: Vladimir Putin on the Crisis Ukraine - Thin Slicing Levels of Anger - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2649: How a Kiss can Change the World - Body Language of Affection

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2678: French President Fran├žois Hollande, Valerie Trierweiler and Julie Gayet - Of Affairs, Affection and Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2812: Barack Obama to Heckler, "You kinda screwed up my ending, but that's Okay" - Body Language