Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4274: Ariana Grande, Jimmy Fallon, and Recalling the Manchester Bombing - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Ariana Grande was a guest Tuesday night on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show - where she sang, “No Tears Left To Cry” and talked about her upcoming album - Sweetener (to be released this summer) including songs such as, “R.E.M.,” “Raindrops”, “The Light Is Coming”, and “God Is a Woman.”

Fallon also spoke briefly regarding the Manchester Bombing. You may recall that almost one year ago - on 22 May 2017 - a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 512 in the foyer of Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. What follows is a partial analysis of Grande's nonverbal response.

During 4:57 - 4:59, Ms. Grande rubs her (right) upper arm. This is a very common anxiety signal. When you see this, you can be sure that the subject is NOT one the person wants to discuss.

In a similar Anxiety tell is seen during 5:01 - 5:07,  as Ariana crosses her arms and then rubs her left elbow.

She also breaks eye contact and gazes downward

During 5:20 - 5:21, in response to Jimmy Fallon's statement regarding her returning to Manchester to perform a benefit concert, Ariana touches/rubs/covers her lower neck - manubrial (upper sternum) region. This display represents an even higher level of anxiety. It's also a nonverbal signal which commonly foretells the appearance of tears, tear-suppression/"choking-up".

Ms. Grande is still looking down.

Toward the end of this video clip (seen during 5:38 - 5:57, 6:02 - 6:03), the singer puts both of her hands beneath her legs (thighs). This is a strong signal of a Hesitancy to Disclose information. Ariana's body language is screaming, "I don't want to talk about this!"

Summary: Understandably, Ariana Grande's nonverbal behavior strongly indicates she has significant anxiety regarding the Manchester Bombing. Moreover, she absolutely does NOT want to discuss it - and most likely had the understanding that Jimmy Fallon was not going to broach the subject.

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