Thursday, June 12, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2848: Iliza Shlesinger, Hair Adjust Behind Ear, Dialing Up Your Alpha & Comedy - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Iliza Shlesinger recently appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". The video above is hilarious - yet she also gives us an example of body language used in context. Like all comedians, Shlesinger goes "into character" here and there throughout her shtick - and she uses body language in multiple ways to suspend our disbelief and thus laugh deeper. Below is just one of these nonverbals.

At multiple times throughout her routine, Iliza displays the "Hair Adjust Behind the Ear" (aka HABE). This is one of many examples of what in body language parlance is known as a MAP (manipulator, adaptor, pacifier). This particular MAP has a very specific meaning. It indicates that the person is seeking to "dial up their alpha". They may indeed be very alpha to begin with - yet in the moment - they need more assertiveness. The HABE is a clear (and subconsciously driven) nonverbal signal indicating they feel they need more alpha. It is a very valuable signal in the setting of a negotiation, the courtroom, etc.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2177:  "I'm Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney" -  We're all Abigael Evans  Dialing up her Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2823: Kendall Jenner, 5 Seconds of Summer & One Direction at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards - Anxiety Tells

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1411:  Dialing Up Her Alpha -  Dana Perino

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2801: Adam Silver Bans Donald Sterling for Life - Alpha Body Language Tell

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2830: Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Elections and an Hyper-Alpha Body Language Signal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2837: Of Spelling Bees, Alpha Posture, Decision Making and Visualizing - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2847: Eric Cantor, Concession Speeches and Low Affection - Body Language Tells