Monday, July 14, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2885: 15-year-old American citizen Tariq Khdeir is Beaten - His Reunion with His Mother - Body Language Tells (PHOTOS)

Recently a 15-year-old American citizen, Tariq Khdeir, was allegedly beaten by Israeli law enforcement. The U.S. State Department stated that it was "profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force", and called for "a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force".

The photo above shows captures a moment shortly after Tariq's reunion with his mother. Two nonverbal signals here are particularly important when evaluating for sincere affection. If true affection is felt for another - head touching - especially when it involves either person's eye or forehead - is indicative of a high level of affection. Many animals display identical behavior. It is in fact, significantly more correlative with affection than a kiss on or near the mouth. 

Note also that Tariq's mother's eyes are closed. Forty percent of the mass of the human brain and ninety percent of our sensory input is dedicated to the visual system. When we close our eyes a bit more blood flow and a little more neuro-chemical activity is directed toward the other sixty percent of the brain - including of course the other four senses as well as the brain's cognitive and emotional centers. Thus when we close our eyes during an embrace or a kiss - our psyches are trying to drink in and capture every last drop of affection from the moment.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2884: Mario Götze, Germany, the 2014 World Cup final, and the Body Language of Fiero

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2701: Cuddling, Romance, Affection and Foot-Shunning - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2790: Head Touch & Head Touch Surrogate - Body Language of Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2764: Embarrassment, Affection & Flirtation - Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher - Kiss Cam Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1423:  Head First Affection &  Head Surrogate Hugs

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2779: Rep. Vance McAllister Caught on Camera Kissing Staffer - Affection vs. Lust - What their Body Language says

Both eye and forehead contact with animals is also seen during displays true affection.