The Right Side of the Face Knows What the Left Side of the Face is Doing

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Human beings communicate in a variety of ways. Facial expressions are another way human beings express themselves. Our faces are the way we figure out the way some one is feeling, but looks can be deceiving especially when it is somewhat intentional.

According to Joe Navarro, some looks on the human face makes other human beings uncomfortable. In the article, “Chirality: A Look at Emotional Asymmetry of the Face” he writes about this. If you want to check out his article on Psychology Today, the link is in the references below.

A lot of theories have come to explain, the right side of the face is known to be the true expression and the left side is the false expression of self. When both sides of the face have the same expression that is called symmetry and if you smile on one side then you smile on the other.

But this post is about hidden facial expressions and these are picked up by humans on a subconscious level. Something is fishy, is what the brain says, why? You are being deceived or someone is trying to deceive you.

While having conflicting emotions on the face does not mean deception, I think I have chosen two examples where the real emotion is attempted to be hiding with a false emotion causing a disturbing facial expression for the situation or circumstances.

Looks of Contempt on the Mug

In the article Navarro used a mug shot to illustrate his point. Using Drew Peterson as his example he showed two conflicting emotions on the convicted murderers face. I have decided to use pictures to illustrate my point as well.

But I need to give you the backgrounds for the mug shots that I will examine. These crime stories are old but relevant. The first one I will highlight is……

The Killing of XXXtentacion

On June 18, 2018 Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy otherwise known as the beloved rapper, XXX was killed during a robbery when he was aparently going to purchase a motorcycle in Deerfield Beach, Florida. This rocked the Hip Hop community,and many of his fans were shocked as people took pictures of the rapper dead on the scene in a gruesome display of indifference by the onlookers who observed the rapper fatally shot in the neck and laying in a vehicle. And if this wasn’t terrible enough, people took to social media to take credit for the killing in a shameful ploy for attention. But there was another guy who was getting attention as it was rumored that he was in fact the killer of XXXtentacion. Many fans began to direct their hate and outrage towards him and he even got many death threats and promises of harm coming to him.

Contempt/Fear

This man was known to be on the Internet showing off the money he allegedly stole from the rapper and reportedly bragged about the killing. Because of all the hate being directed toward his mug shot shows him displaying the emotion of bravery and nonchalant expression and maybe even with a hint of a smile.

Facial expressions that show contempt and sometimes fear combined look like this:

(Whole face) When you see the whole face there are conflicting emotions do you see it here?

(Left side false) Now let’s look at the left side of the face which is said to be the false side of the face. He doesn’t look bothered at all if we view the left side as if it was the whole face. Do you see that here?

(Right side true) Now let’s look at the right side of the face which is said to be the true side of the face. . He looks different at all if we view the right side as if it was the whole face. I see fear in his eyes and in the slight downturn of his lips. Do you see that here?

Now do you see? For all the contemptuous bravado that is being shown on the left side of the face, the right side of the face shows fear. After all he received so many death treats he had to be scared that in jail he would be harmed, but he couldn’t show weakness, do you agree?

Drop a comment about what exactly do you see in these pictures. You may determine that I am wrong about the emotions but as you can clearly see there is a difference in the whole face, left side and right side. Okay it’s perfectly fine if you say I am reaching, so let me present to you another example.

The Killing of James and Denise Closs

He was known to be quiet and just a guy that stayed constantly on video games, something like a recluse and awkward but who knew what he would do what he ended up doing. On October 15, 2018, after stalking and preparing and even supposedly attempting to kidnap their thirteen year old daughter, Jake Patterson killed James and Denise Closs in their Baron, Wisconsin residence. He shot through the door and killed Mr. Closs. He then forced entry into the home. He then shot Mrs. Closs who was hiding with their thirteen year old daughter, Jayme, in a bathroom.  He then after shooting her mother in front of her, he kidnaps the poor girl.

88 days later a brave, Jayme Closs waited for her captor to leave and then she pushed through items barricading her in her hiding spot, and escaped the residence where Patterson kept her. Her bravery led to the Police being able to catch Patterson who has now been convicted for his horrible crimes. And surprisingly, Jayme received part of the reward money for rescuing herself from Patterson, which to me is appropriate but ironic.

Contempt/ Sadness

Possibly being socially awkward led to Patterson having contempt for human life, but its not his actions I want you to focus on as much as I want you to focus on the strangeness of his facial expressions. Do you see two conflicting emotions once again being displayed here?

(Whole face) When you see the whole face there are conflicting emotions do you see it here?

(Left side false) Now let’s look at the left side of the face which is said to be the false side of the face. He doesn’t look bothered at all if we view the left side as if it was the whole face. Do you see that here?

(Right side true) Now let’s look at the right side of the face which is said to be the true side of the face. . He looks different at all if we view the right side as if it was the whole face. I see sadness in his eyes and in the slight downturn of his lips. Do you see that here?

Now do you see? For all the contempt that is being shown by Patterson is showing on the left side of the face, the right side of the face shows sadness. Its like he now realizes the gravity of what he has done. From reading about him and some of his responses he shared with the media, I gather it was a fantasy he had to kidnap a girl for whatever reason and not leave witnesses. That was a bad plan. His captive was brave and he was a coward, so his plan was bound to fail.

I hope Jayme goes on and has a happy, healthy and fulfilled life….

The Killing of Yolanda Holmes

By all accounts successful Chicago businesswoman, Yolanda Holmes spoiled and lavished money and material goods on her son Qaw’mane Wilson, but it wasn’t enough. Despite having the love of his mother and living a comfortable life, he plotted to have his mother killed. In 2012 a hitman killed his mother in her home and at first it was thought Ms. Holmes was just another victim of the senseless gun violence gripping the city of Chicago. Wilson is shown speaking on a televised broadcast at a demonstration against gun violence ironically denouncing the killing of his mother publicly. But privately onlookers noticed that something wasn’t right. For someone greiving his mother’s death, he seemed quite happy as he went through her money like crazy.

Contrite/Happiness

There are videos of him seeming to celebrate at time when he should be mourning, but instead he is seen in public “making it rain” on total strangers that he called “fans”, because he was a known personality and aspiring rapper called, Young QC.

This occurred all at a time when police were investigating the murder of his mother, business owner, Yolanda Holmes. Even after he was caught according to witnesses he showed no remorse. Check out his face.

(Whole face) When you see the whole face there are conflicting emotions do you see it here?

(Left side false) Now let’s look at the left side of the face which is said to be the false side of the face. He somewhat looks contrite if we view the left side as if it was the whole face. Do you see that here?

(Right side true) Now let’s look at the right side of the face which is said to be the true side of the face. He looks different at all if we view the right side as if it was the whole face. I see happiness in his eyes and he is definitely smiling, the true look of a person who is enjoying the attention which supposedly he had the reputation of always seeking attention. Do you see that here?

Now do you see? For all the fake contriteness that is being shown on the left side of the face, the right side of the face shows happiness. Young QC had just been living up his life; he doesn’t really feel sadness over the death of his mother. After orchestrating the killing of his mother he could care less that she is dead because that was what he wanted, do you agree?

Have you ever got the feeling someone were trying to deceive you with their facial expression? What was the expression? Was it a smirk or another look of contempt?

(To get the results I downloaded the whole face pictures onto my cell phone. I have the app “Facial Symmetry”. It allows you to see the left side and right side of the face as the whole face.)

I have decided that this is a pretty interesting way to see more into polpular crime stories so you can expect me to do more on this subject.

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References:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/spycatcher/201605/chirality-look-emotional-asymmetry-the-face

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2020/1/31/21117549/qawmane-wilson-sentencing-hitman-mother-matricide-yolanda-holmes-eugene-spencer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_XXXTentacion

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