Sunday, February 11, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4203: Mikaela Shiffrin and the R2E2 Expression - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Note: The original video has, since the original post, been removed from its online source. The images below however, were captured from this video.

Mikaela Shiffrin is a three-time World Champion and a Sochi Olympic Gold Medalist Alpine (Slalom) Skier. Ten months ago (above video), she was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Ms. Shiffrin is a favorite to possibly repeat her Gold Medal performance in a just a couple days in PyeongChang. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of a key portion of this interview.

The above image was captured during 1:59. This is a classic Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression (R2E2).

A Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression may last just a split second (thus a microexpression) but it can be of longer duration (several seconds). Nonverbal novices will often confuse the R2E2 with that of disgust - however, the two expressions have very different meanings (How do these two emotions and facial manifestations differ?).

Every single emotionally healthy person makes the R2E2 from time-to-time. Yet, when a person displays it frequently, you should always ask yourself the following questions:

What was their primary emotion as they spoke?
• What, specifically, are they trying to convince me of/Trying to Gain my Rapport?
• What are my gut feelings of their motive(s)?
Do they truly believe what they, themselves, are saying?
How do you feel about their overall level of sincerity (What's their Sincerity Quotient)? 
Are they feigning a weakness?/Trying to Gain my Empathy? If so, what is it? Why?

The vast majority of the time, those who make the R2E2 expression are trying to rationalize - to convince themselves of something - AND, more importantly, they're also trying to recruit you/convince you as a Co-Rationalizer.

Summary: When you see the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression - be careful - for it's frequently seen when others are trying too hard to gain your co-rationalization, rapport, empathy, and trust.

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Body Language Analysis No. 4200: Mike Pence re: Rob Porter and Why It Seems Pence is "Out Of The Loop" on Major News

Body Language Analysis No. 4198: Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther, and Attention to Detail

Body Language Analysis No. 4196: Trey Gowdy on "Face The Nation"

Body Language Analysis No. 4190: Serial Killer Bruce McArthur - and a Common Nonverbal Pattern of Sociopaths

Body Language Analysis No. 4175: Senator Dick Durbin Regarding President Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remarks

Body Language Analysis No. 4143: Billy Bush regarding Donald Trump on the "Access Hollywood Tape" (Stephen Colbert Interview)

Body Language Analysis No. 4134: Hope Hicks, Emotional Intelligence, and Communicating Nonverbally

Body Language Analysis No. 3978: Keanu Reeves, Chuck Spadina, Sincerity, and Empathy