Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4342: Alleged Jacksonville Shooter David Katz - Threat Assessment and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTO)

David Katz was in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday. He had traveled from his home in Baltimore to participate in a Madden video tournament. Tragically, and with motives yet unknown, a lone gunman - allegedly Katz, shot and killed two people while injuring ten others before taking his own life.

From a nonverbal perspective, the above image of Katz, captured last year after he won a tournament, is worth analyzing in greater detail.

Note that Katz's central forehead is both contracted and vectored upward. In nonverbal parlance, this is termed an Elevated Central Forehead Contraction (Elevated CFC). In addition, Katz is displaying a simultaneous slight mouth "smile". However, this "smile" is no smile at all. It's insincere. It's a ruse.

Now, this particular combination of an elevated CFC, together with a partial mouth pseudo-smile is an expression we all exhibit - every emotionally healthy person - once in a while. On these relatively infrequent occasions, one (or more) of the following three emotions is being experienced:

• Arrogance
• Contempt
• Disbelief (more specifically, a Smug-Disbelief with Impatient-Dismissal)

It's important to stress that all three of these emotions may be conveyed with other facial displays. In addition, these emotions also may overlap. We all will, of course, experience these feelings from time to time but - hopefully not too frequently. So it follows that, now and again, we also will make this facial expression.

However, individuals who frequently display this facial expression, have a very high correlation with Antisocial Personality Disorder (Abbreviated as APD and includes both Sociopathy and Psychopathy [which are somewhat common/colloquial terms]).

Two key personality traits common to both sociopaths and psychopaths are:

Very low or nonexistent Empathy 

combined with:

Low Sincerity Quotients (e.g., people who aren't necessarily lying IN THAT MOMENT - but they have a strong pattern of frequent deception)

Please see Robert Hare's psychopathy checklist for additional characteristics.

SUMMARY: The particular facial expression of an Elevated Central Forehead Contraction together with a Simultaneous Partial Mouth "Smile" (often suppressed and subtle) - when frequently displayed - has an extremely high correlation with Sociopathy and Psychopathy.

Low Empathy Quotients combined with Low or Absent Sincerity (Chronic Lying) - are characteristics common to Sociopaths and Psychopathy (Antisocial Personality Disorder).

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See also:

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Body Language Analysis No. 4323: Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference 

Body Language Analysis No. 4325: Part II - Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference 

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