Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4199: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, and their Mission Impossible Helicopter Stunt • Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson (along with Simon Pegg and Henry Cavill) were recently guests on The Graham Norton Show promoting their new film, Mission: Impossible - Fallout. What follows is a nonverbal analysis of one particular and fascinating moment.

For about 1.5 - 2.0 seconds both Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson (3:00 - 3:02, Mr. Cruise for a slightly shorter duration) simultaneously displace their jaws' to their right. Neither could see the other person's face - but they were feeling precisely the same thought-emotions at exactly the same time.

This nonverbal display is known as a Jaw Confessional.  A jaw confessional is a brief lateral thrusting of the jaw which accompanies the beta emotions of embarrassment. It's also seen during apologies - as well as scenarios such as we see here - e.g., as if to say (in confession), "Look at this stupid thing I (we) did".

Summary: Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson are both feeling embarrassed, more than somewhat stupid, and sheepish for performing this stunt in the latest Mission Impossible film.

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