Monday, May 11, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3183: Tom Brady, Bridget Moynahan, Body Language & Classic Subtle Contempt (PHOTOS)

Before Tom Brady married supermodel Gisele Bündchen, he was dating actress Bridget Moynahan. The recently "suspended-lite" DeflateGate New England Quarterback also had a son with Moynahan. In this image, he is displaying a facial expression that many would misidentify as a small social smile - yet it's anything but a smile. Rather, this is a good example of one of the classic nonverbal displays of contempt - albeit fairly subtle (about 1-2 out of 10). Note the mild flaring of his left nostril - as well as the slight tension of his "mustache area". What other feature here is significant for contempt? What are some contempt amplifiers also captured in this photo? We cannot say for whom the contempt was directed - yet this was indeed the emotion the Patriots' QB was feeling the moment this image was captured.

Intriguingly, we tend to mislabel emotions (biased in a positive direction) to a greater degree when the person displaying it - is accomplished, powerful or considered by most to be good looking. This is one of several qualities which make attractive people better liars.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3182: DeflateGate & Tom Brady's 1st Interview after the Wells Report - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2999: Chris Christie to James Keady "Sit Down and Shut Up" - Body Language Congruent with ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2322:  Jeb Bush & Matt Lauer - Which one is the Narcissist?  Body Language Red Flags

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2965: A Variation of a Microexpression of Contempt Commonly Confused & Disguised

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2312:  Bruce Willis' Body Language -  Contempt vs. Suppressed Smile vs.  Pseudo Smile vs. Sincere Smile