Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3090: Lance Armstrong Lied - Again, Girlfriend Took the Blame - Body Language of the Mea Culpa Face (PHOTO)

Anna Hansen, the longtime girlfriend of defamed Lance Armstrong, took the blame for the ex-cycling star when on 28 December 2014 Armstrong hit two cars in Aspen, Colorado. Allegedly it was a mutual decision for Hansen and Armstrong to lie in the police in their initial report.

Hansen allegedly later told the police, "We've had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years, and honestly, I've got teenagers. I just wanted to protect my family because I thought 'Gosh, Anna Hansen hit some cars,' it's not going to show up in the papers, but 'Lance Armstrong hit some cars,' it's going to be a national story."

The image above shows the false seven time winner of the Tour de France - titles which have since been stripped from him - in a particular cluster of facial expressions which is extremely common when admitting fault and indeed it's called the "Mea Culpa Face".

The primary emotion being expressed in the mea culpa face is one of regret. Yet there also is significant anger present - although it is the secondary emotion. In addition, the psyche is attempting to suppress strong feelings in this moment both from growing and from being expressed. Do you see and can you separate all of these facial nonverbal components?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3089: Walter White as "Sorta Greg" - "Say My Name" - Esurance Super Bowl Commercial

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2273: Lance Armstrong & Oprah Winfrey, Part II  Lance Gives Away More with His Body Language - He told more Lies

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2275:  Lance Armstrong's Insincerity - Body Language revealed in Oprah Winfrey Interview  Part III

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2269:  Travis Tygart's (Chief Executive of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) Body Language re: Lance Armstrong Doping on  "60 Minutes Sports" Interview

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2586: Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game" - Microexpression and Macroexpression of Regret - Harrison's Brand and the Stanislavski Method

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2408:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte's Anxiety & Regret via  Senators Graham & McCain -  Republican Body Language in Response to  President Obama's National Defense University Speech

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2973: Rand Paul's Body Language Tells Us His Plan B for 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2776: James Franco's Mea Culpa - Body Language Tells