Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3968: The Grenfell Tower Fire, Empathy, and Emotional Processing - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

This image above (and close-up below) shows one of the firefighters from yesterday's Grenfell Tower Fire in North Kensington, West London, England. At the time of this writing, the tragedy has claimed at least twelve lives while seventy-seven people have been injured - twenty critically.

Touching one's face during or after sudden or dramatic news/experiences - is a signal of emotional processing. Said another way, this is a manifestation of a type of dissonance - for while the intellect may "know" what has just occurred, the emotional brain is still trying to understand and come to terms with its ramifications.

This phenomenon is seen both with tragedies and also with very good news - however, it's not a universal nonverbal signal. Some people don't exhibit this behavior - or do so much less frequently. Facial touching in such scenarios indicates higher empathy quotients - while those who do not display this MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) have lower empathy levels.

My deepest condolences for all those who have suffered in this horrific event. 

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Body Language Analysis No. 3967: Jeff Sessions' Testimony, Microexpressions, and Duping Delight

Body Language Analysis No. 3964: What Donald Trump Really Thinks about James Comey

Body Language Analysis No. 3962: James Comey's Testimony

Body Language Analysis No. 3960: James Comey, Critical Evaluation, and The Side-Eye

Body Language Analysis No. 3958: Vladimir Putin interview with Megyn Kelly

Body Language Analysis No. 3956: Keri Russell's Tongue

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3864: Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick Arguing with an Uber Driver regarding Falling Fares - Escalation v. De-Escalation, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3799: Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia - Full Lips and Lip Pursing