Monday, January 2, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3805: Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve Lip Sync Fail On Live TV - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

Mariah Carey has got a Milli Vanilli problem. She ended 2016 with what appears to have been a prepared lip sync routine in Times Square - but because some of her vocals did function as she anticipated, it dramatically threw off her act.

From a nonverbal perspective the incident gave us a good many teaching examples. The image above is but one of these displays. Captured from a moment during the performance in question (and its cropped close-up below), this demonstrates a classic yet often misunderstood facial expression.

Notice Ms. Carey's lower and mid-facial tension. More specifically, the area between her upper lip and nose is contracted and stretched. Mariah's nostrils are also flaring (dilated). Moreover her jaw is jutting forward - which is difficult to discern here because of the angle, however the multiple small evidences of dimpling on the lower aspect of her chin is a sure sign of a forward-directed jaw under tension (This also is a sign of clenching of the jaw).

Another profound characteristic demonstrated here is the horizontal thinning of Mariah Carey's lips. This nonverbal display taken alone is highly indicative of anger - and when clustered with the other signals mentioned above, there can be no doubt of its presence.

See also:

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3789: Felicity Jones, Jyn Erso and Tattoos

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3771: Tom Hanks Reenacts Iconic Forrest Gump Scene

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3733: The 3rd Presidential Debate - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton - Part IV - The Turning Point of the Debate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3689: Times Square Kiss on V-J Day 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3669: Jordan Spieth, Bill Murray and the Asymmetrical Smile