Saturday, February 3, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4195: Tom Brady and the Asymmetrical Smile - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Love him or hate him, there's no disputing Tom Brady is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Brady is also no stranger to the camera. From a body language perspective, he often provides an excellent example of a specific nonverbal behavior - which although not uncommon, is a valuable practice - and yet rarely discussed.

During interviews, Tom Brady, with relative frequency, will express a partial and asymmetrical "smile". Body language beginners will claim that one-sided "smiles" are never sincere (Duchenne) smiles. And while they'd be correct a fair share of the time - there are also plenty of exceptions. It's crucial to be able to differentiate between these behaviors.

Provided there's absence of trauma or disease - sincere smiles when fully expressed, are equal on both the right and left sides of the face. In the split seconds of initiation, however, true joy-happiness smiles may begin more prominently on one side.

Whether he realizes it or not, Brady's frequent asymmetrical expression - essentially acts as a default setting. This low-level "almost smile" (while he's talking or pausing) primes both his brain - and those of the audience - to a heightened mood, such that everyone is more likely to break into a full smile - and even laughter. Indeed, comedians use this same technique.

Fascinatingly, practicing this sincere, suppressed (partial), one-sided, low-level, priming, sincere smile can even act as a mood-elevator.

Summary: Frequent, partial (sincere but suppressed), asymmetrical smiling primes both oneself and our audiences. Such practice considerably facilitates the interview process by engendering sincere smiles and true laughter. This technique can also be used as one mode of effective therapy in personal mood elevation.

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