Friday, December 30, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3801: Marion Cotillard, Lip Syncing and Honest Anxiety - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

During Marion Cotilliard's recent guest appearance on The Graham Norton Show, the accomplished actor was asked to lip sync a portion of Non, je ne regrette rien. Perhaps you were fooled into believing (as were many others) that she truly sang it during her Academy Award winning performance (Best Actress 2007) as Édith Piaf in La Vie en rose.

As she did not anticipate Norton's request (2:15 in the video above), Ms. Cotilliard felt unprepared and she responded with, "Oh shit". Immediately after this she reached up with her left hand and scratched the right side of her forehead.

This is an excellent example of a nonverbal signal for "Honest Anxiety". That is to say, when you see this body language displayed, you can be certain that the person doing so is feeling anxiety - and in addition, there's a very low probability they are attempting deception.

If Marion would have not reached across her forehead - and instead scratched on the same side, this would have indicated a relatively lower level of nervousness.

There are many different nonverbal displays indicative of honest anxiety. Can you name any others? How does one differentiate these from deception-related nervousness?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3800: Houston Rocket's Chinanu Onuaku Shooting Underhanded ("Granny Style") Free Throws (and His Teammates' responses)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3798: Elle Fanning, Channing Tatum and Dialing Up the Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3796: Bryan Cranston, Donald Trump, Anxiety and Alpha Up-Regulators

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3787: Meghan Markle's Body Language - and some Ramifications for Prince Harry

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3634: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic National Convention, Emails and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3673: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin separate after Sexting Scandal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3596: Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3532: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and The Graham Norton Show