Friday, May 8, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3180: Tom Brady, Deflategate and an Under-appreciated Body Language Sign of Anxiety (PHOTOS)

Ah, the return of deflategate ... Thank you Ted Wells (of the Wells Report) and Tom Brady for yet another body language teaching moment .... It has been leaked that Roger Goodell will indeed suspend Tom Brady - the only issue now is for how long.

A rarely discussed but highly reliable nonverbal signal is the biting of the inside of one's cheeks - or alternatively, a truncated version of this phenomenon created by a relative and temporary vacuum inside the mouth resulting in the sucking-in of the cheeks. In Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots quarterback was captured in this highly characteristic nonverbal facial display. These body language configurations are strongly correlative with anxiety and a desire to suppress both the outward expression and inward crescendo of nervousness.

Tom Brady did indeed cheat and his nonverbal behavior told us all along.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3079: Tom Brady, Deflategate - Part Deux

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3080: Bill Belichick's Press Conference - A Key Body Language Tell

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3081: More Bill Belichick Body Language Deception Deflategate Tells