Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4198: Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther, and Attention to Detail - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Lupita Nyong'o was recently a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live where she was promoting her soon-to-be-released film, Black Panther.

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

LUPITA NYONG'O (continuing at 1:06): ... But for the first time in my life, people - once the trailer came out last year - people started hitting me up to try and attend the premier - and I was like, oh my God, I'm going to lose friends this time. 


LUPITA NYONG'O: (over-talking) You know, I have to be very careful and very strategic about how I invited people. So I started, you know, with the inner circle, my parents, and then the next circle - I'll be like, "Are you in LA? Oh, you're not - never mind" - [laughing] And then I go to the next circle.

Lupita Nyong'o uses a particular gesture (more specifically a type of Illustrator) during 1:18 - 1:26 - which at first glance may resemble a basketball steeple. However, this is known as the Contracting Sphere. In this dynamic, the hands initiate several inches apart - e.g. at approximately the diameter of a person's face - and then contract together in smaller and smaller spheres - this movement often cycles - repeating several times.

The Contracting Sphere Gesture is used to express a need for attention to detail, finesse, a calling for/desire to use caution, and/or a warning to be careful.

Like the basketball steeple, it does share the quality of being an alpha-beta hybrid (not too alpha and not too beta - but intermediate).

Summary: Whenever you evaluate nonverbal behavior, it's crucial to always correlate it with the person's corresponding verbal behavior - as well as their paralanguage. When the verbal language, the body language, and the paralanguage are all in alignment/matching - you can be assured of a high degree of sincerity and honesty. This example of Lupita Nyong'o using the contracting sphere is a textbook example of all three communication behaviors displaying a high degree of congruence.

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See also:

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Body Language Analysis No. 4195: Tom Brady and the Asymmetrical Smile

Body Language Analysis No. 4193: Hope Hicks, Sexual Attraction, Armpits, and Elbows

Body Language Analysis No. 4183: Aly Raisman, Larry Nassar, and USA Gymnastics

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Body Language Analysis No. 4152: Ruby Rose and her Mother's (Overgrown) Pig

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Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049

Body Language Analysis No. 4052: Hitler's Cryptorchidism and Emotional Dissonance