Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3885: Vogue's 73 Questions with Selena Gomez - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Vogue continues its 73 Questions Series with Selena Gomez. Creatively, Vogue films these 'interviews' in a single shot (without cutaways) - and although we hear the interviewer, we never know his name or see his face - which allows us to, much more easily, put ourselves into his shoes. And although she was surely aware of the specific questions prior to the Q & A, a careful look at Selena's body language gives us a deeper glimpse into her psyche.

One question which causes Ms. Gomez to reflect deeply is asked at 3:19:

Interviewer: Where do you see yourself in - ten years?

Selena: [deep inhalation and exhalation] Hopefully happy.

As the interviewer asks the question, Selena takes a deep inhalation - then, as she is exhaling (also deeply), she looks down-to-her left. Her eyelids are partially closed during this time (3:22).

After she says, "Hopefully Happy" (3:23), Selena displays several extended blinks (longer duration) as her mouth transforms into a classic expression which is an amalgam of both regret and anger.

This final image, from 3:24, shows Selena with the primary emotion (expression) of anger. Notice, in particular, the thinning of her lips - with her mouth taking on a more horizontal orientation. There's also a partial closure of her eyelids with a tension in her lower lids. The region above her upper lip and below her nose is also taught.

Summary: Selena Gomez has significant regret for her past and anxiety for her future. She also briefly felt anger during this interview - which was probably directed at the person whom she feels is the cause of her regret.

See  also:

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3861: Emma Stone, The Oscars and Sincerity

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