Friday, July 17, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3249: Chattanooga Military Mass Shooting - Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez and a very Telling Facial Expression (PHOTOS)

It's difficult to look into the face of a killer. This image is the mug shot of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez taken in April of this year when he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Yesterday Abdulazeez opened fired on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He killed four marines and wounded three people before he was fatally shot by police officers. One man, a navy petty officer, later died from his wounds. My deepest condolences to their families and loved-ones.

From a nonverbal perspective Abdulazeez's facial expression displays clear yet not extreme contempt. On a scale from 0 - 10 (with 10 being maximum) his level of contempt expression is about a 4. Those who perpetrate mass shootings and crimes of terrorism virtually always display chronic expressions contempt, disgust and/or anger (Can you consistently identify moderate or subtle examples of these expressions?). Of course this does not mean that all those who display the nonverbal signals consistent with these emotions will go on to commit these or other crimes. However those individuals who display such patterns of behavior will predictably have much higher incidences of :
  • Narcissistic personality disorder 
  • Impulse control problems
  • Predilections toward violence
It's amazing how many otherwise socially adept people will misidentify Abdulazeez's expression - and therefore his emotions as well. In addition, the further anyone who views this and all other expressions are from their emotional baseline - the more likely they are to mislabel the feelings behind a face. Thus learning how to accurately read nonverbal expressions (and all body language) allows us to use these as tools of objectivity when, as human beings, we are inherently biased - and often extremely so.

How objective are you? Can you spot disparities between what is said and what is felt? Can you see problems and behaviors before they happen?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3248: Daniel Radcliffe Temps as a Receptionist at Nylon - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3246: Suicide Squad - What Makes Jared Leto's Joker so Frightening?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3149: Edward Snowden on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO) - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2523:  Hillary Clinton, Body Language and the 2016 Presidency -  Rapport Builder vs. Rapport Destroyer 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2821: Sara Bareilles, A Broken Wing, Emotional Comfort, and High Heels - Body Language Tells 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2701: Cuddling, Romance, Affection and Foot-Shunning - Body Language Tells