Monday, September 8, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2944: Derek Jeter Answers Reporter's Cell Phone - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Yesterday was "Derek Jeter Day" at Yankee Stadium and although his team lost 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals, the shortstop and captain gave an emotional speech after the pre-game ceremony honoring him.

During the post-game press conference, some of the reporters left their cell phones on Jeter's table (doubling as audio recorders). One of the phones rang (Tara Sullivan's). Instead of ignoring it or giving it to its owner - he said, "Someone's phone is ringing", then read the caller's name aloud, "Walt Rheinheimer", upon which he answered it saying, "Walt she'll have to call you back buddy." It was pretty hilarious and also provides a few choice body language moments. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

"Walt she'll have to call you back buddy."

Microexpression of fear (Not all fear is "life or death" of course; this was a social level of fear). Jeter is however significantly worried he over-stepped here.

A nose rub (an example of a MAP - Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) in this context is essentially saying, "I can't believe I just did that."

Next Jeter grabs his arms tightly, shrugs his shoulders, foreshortens his neck (e.g. as a turtle going into his shell) and displays an expression of regret on his mouth. 

This nonverbal cluster indicates low emotional confidence.

A unilateral eye rub (another MAP) again nonverbally saying, "I can't believe I committed that faux pas."

Then Jeter pics up the phone a second time to re-examine what he already knows. This is an example of a "MAP surrogate" and is an effort to down-regulate his anxiety.

Thank you Derek Jeter for 20 fantastic years.

See also:

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