Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3035: John Wall, Miyah Telemaque-Nelson - and Grief, Empathy & Emotional Pain (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In this touching video, John Wall of the Washington Wizards was interviewed after a double overtime win over the Boston Celtics, 133-132. The recent passing of a young girl he befriended - Miyah Telemaque-Nelson, brought this normally stoic athlete to tears.

Note Wall's Elevated Central Forehead Contraction - which, in the somewhat lower resolution image below, is more prominent slightly on his right-of-center (however the sides [lateral aspect] of his forehead remains uncontracted). This facial change is accompanied by the elevation of his inner (medial) eyebrows and slightly closed eyelids. His nostrils are also flared (very often seen prior to crying). He's also biting his lower left lip in an attempt to prevent a crescendo of his sorrow. This nonverbal cluster-context shows us that John Wall is feeling high levels of grief, empathy and emotional pain.

My condolences to family and loved-ones of Miyah Telemaque-Nelson.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3034: Body Language of High Affection - "Most Amazing Marriage Proposal Ever" - Christmas Eve 2013 - Jamie & Tyne Owen - Family Photo Surprise

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2922: Evacuating Yazidis from Iraq's Mount Sinjar - A Daughter's Anguish, Empathy and Mirror Neurons

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2969: Maggie Q, David Letterman, Empathy and Sincerity Quotients - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2904: Roger Goodell's Defending the NFL's Punishment for Ray Rice - Bad Crisis Management & Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2512:  Matthew Cordle's YouTube Confession  and the Death of Vincent Canzani  "I Killed a Man" - What His Body Language Tells Us ...  It's NOT what you think!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2669: Sara Bareilles and the Body Language of the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression