Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2809: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Kim Myers - Body Language Tells (PHOTOS)

Oscar Pistorius's trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp took an unexpected and bizarre turn today.

Today a former roommate of Steenkamp's - Ms. Kim Myers accused (via an attorney) the Blade Runner of allegedly saying, "How do you sleep at night?" to her during the trial. The remark was described as being delivered "in a very sinister way" and was alleged to have been over-heard by a journalist.

What very specific and telling nonverbal is Ms. Myers displaying in this image?

This classic unilateral elevated forehead and eyebrow is a classic nonverbal tell for disbelief.

What other body language modifiers are present in this moment which amplifies Oscar's incredulity?

Mr. Pistorius's jaw clench in this moment is a clear and highly characteristic signal of anger.

What other more subtle signals are seen here which are also indicative of anger?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2785: Oscar Pistorius - Another Day of Testimony - Low Confidence Body Language Display

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2808: Andrew Garfield, The Spider Man Theme Song and Anxiety - Body Language Tells