Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3587: The Orlando Mass Shooting, Omar Mateen and Warning Signs - Body Language Red Flags (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

These are images of Omar Mateen who's been identified as the perpetrator in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The tragedy took place at "Pulse", a nightclub in Orlando, Florida early this morning. At the time of this writing, fifty people have died while fifty-three more are injured. Omar Mateen was killed by law enforcement. He was 29 years old, a security guard, an American citizen and was born in the State of New York. Via a 911 call, Mateen pledged allegiance to the ISIS (aka ISIL, Daesh) immediately before the attack. It has been labeled an act of domestic terrorism by the U.S. Government.

The image above displays a moderate level of Contempt.

Arrogance, Dismissal and Disgust

An extremely prominent pattern among perpetrators of violence, mass shootings and terrorist acts - is the prevalence of the chronic displays of anger, contempt and disgust. As human beings we all are entitled to feel these emotions from time to time, yet those who commit such acts of violence will display these emotions CHRONICALLY.

Subtle disgust, contempt and anger

While this phenomenon has always been true - in the past decade or so, with the dramatic rise of social media this pattern of expression prominence is much easier to document. These nonverbal signals become visual metaphors for the emotions projected out unto the World via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, etc. Contempt, Anger and Disgust are being transmitted (both consciously and unconsciously) for all the World to see. The social media persona is a sort of "reverse Rorschach" - encapsulating and representing his/her self-image.

Subtle contempt

Of course all people who CHRONICALLY display disgust, contempt and anger will not become perpetrators of mass violence, however - and this is profoundly important - there is an extremely high prevalence for those who frequently project these expressions to have impulse control disorder (e.g., a short temper). Rather than diplomacy and discussion - they will tend to rapidly default to loud arguments, rage and violence with a significantly higher frequency than normal. Such behavior should always be taken into account with all threat assessment practices.

Arrogance, Disbelief,
Dismissal and Contempt

My deep condolences to the victims, their families and loved-ones.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 3586: Barack Obama, Jimmy Fallon, Alpha-Beta Hybrids and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3220: Charleston, South Carolina Shooter Dylann Roof - Social Media, Public Persona and Predicting Violent Behavior 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3583: Donald Trump, Reaching out to Bernie Sanders' Supporters and Insincerity Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3581: Hillary Clinton, Likability and Trust

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2231: A Common Facial Expression of Mass Killers - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool 

Negotiation Secret No. 315: Jaw Jut - Heightened Potential for Violence 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3221: Gov. Nikki Haley Choking Back Tears - is She Sincere?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3354: Rape Victim (13 year old girl) Demands to Make a Statement at the Sentencing of Perpetrator