Thursday, April 16, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3156: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

The second teaser for the upcoming "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens", was released today. And although the plot is known but a few, there is a moment in this trailer which is spot-on.

Whenever an outstretched hand is offered in assistance - it is nearly always offered palm-up. Indeed, if one desires the other person to truly take one's hand - (literally or metaphorically) - offering it palm-upwards will dramatically increase the odds of such help being accepted.

When a hand is offered, the other person will very often look at it as if had the momentary value of a human face - and with intensity. It's almost as if in these rare moments, the hand acts as surrogate face - and the opened, face-up palm is evanescent equivalent of a smile. The expression on the offering person's face (which cannot be seen on Daisy Ridley's character's [Rey] here) should always be one of sincerity - if it is not sincere (or does not "feel" sincere) - this is a huge red flag - take heed.

Yet this is not the only crucial body language take-hone point in this moment. John Boyega's character's facial expression (Finn) is one of quizzical-urgency. His mouth is agape in a "slack-jawed" configuration of shock (again, the plot is not known here, but if Boyega [and the director - J.J. Abrams] gets it correct, Finn was certainly NOT expecting Rey's help). His eyebrows are vectored downward and drawn together - which is often confused with anger - yet there is no tension in his lower lids, thus Finn is thinking, "WTF!?, Why is she offering to help - I thought she would was going to kill me!"

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3155: Aaron Hernandez found Guilty - gets Life Sentence without possibility of Parole - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3116: Leonard Nimoy and Disbelief - Body Language of Spock

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2683: Alice Eve, Craig Ferguson, Kierkegaard and Free Will, Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3103: Dr. J's reaction to Zack LaVine's "Space Jam" Slam Dunk - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3040: Mourning after the Sydney Hostage Crisis - Sincerity & Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2360:  Bill Clinton and the Body Language of a  "Loose Hand, Palm Up Point"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2818: The Caring Hand, Palms Up and Building Rapport

Negotiation Body Language Secret No. 554: Running for President - Paul's Palms Down Faux Pas