Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3677: Chris Brown's Pre-Arrest Instagram Rant - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Chris Brown was arrested yesterday after a nine hour ordeal at his home with police. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and has been booked and released after posting bail.

Prior to his arrest (but after the police arrived at his home) the singer, songwriter, actor, dancer posted a video on Instagram. A good portion of this video is included as part of the above news clip.

From a nonverbal perspective, Chris Brown's Instagram rant provides a good example of one variety of an emotional display of frustration. Frustration is an amalgam of anger and disappointment - signaling anxiety experienced when there's a disparity between what occurs vs. what is expected. Of course, as observers of body language, we don't have to agree with the point of view of those who display these feelings, but to those experiencing them (as with any emotion) - they feel just as valid as our own.

Note Brown's extreme head and neck motion - with these he is making relatively high amplitude, moderate-to-high frequency sweeping and rocking motions. This nonverbal behavior is highly characteristic for frustration.

Moreover the frequent removal and repositioning of his hood (or similar behavior if had been wearing a hat) acts as a frustration amplifier. This same phenomenon is exemplified by (and overlaps with) a firm gripping and grabbing of the top and/or back of the head.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3676: Colin Kaepernick Says He Be Sitting Down During the National Anthem

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3674: Drake Presents Rihanna with Vanguard Award - 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3479: Vicente Fox regarding Donald Trump's Proposed Wall - ‘I’m not going to pay for that F***ing wall!’

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3598: Gary Johnson, Donald Trump's Wall and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3472: Donald Trump's Retort to Pope Francis

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3568: Hillary Clinton, (Low) Likability, Rapport (Destroying) and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3528: Brothers Prank their younger sister with an ongoing Zombie Apocalypse 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3490: Conor McGregor, being a Plumber and LeBron James