Friday, May 30, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2834: LeBron James, Lance Stevenson and False Intimacy (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

The Miami Heat won game 6 yesterday (117 - 92) and has thus made it to their fourth consecutive NBA finals. They will face the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder-San Antonio Spurs series.

Back in game 5 there was a particular nonverbal scenario that most have never seen in the setting of professional sports. Lance Stevenson blew in LeBron's ear. This is distracting to be sure - yet not for the reason many may first think. NBA players are often close enough where they breathe on each other - yet this specific act is considerably different. Blowing in a person's ear is an intimate act (an overt sign of "false intimacy").

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2738: LeBron James - Black Mask vs. Clear Mask, Body Language of Trust

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2284:  LeBron James in The White House -  A Fundamental Body Language Mistake

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2833: Edward Snowden, Mouth of Fear & Neck of Fear - Body Language Tells

In this image, James' is displaying a moderate level of disgust (0:43)

A moment later LeBron's emotions shift to that of contempt (on James' left side - at 0:46)