Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial and the Psychology of Emotions

January 5, 2023 imentiv

The verdict for the dramatic defamation case going viral where Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50m for her 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post has finally been decided. This case is the epitome of socio-psychological theory because this is a story of relationships, feelings, and emotions. Here both parties have admitted in their respective statements that at some point in time, they both became the victim as well as the assailant of domestic violence.

If we analyze this high-profile case, we can see that people give different reactions and emotions. We have here Aquaman’s girl’s overacting and Captain Jack Sparrow’s perplexing body language and gazes. This domestic violence between these decoupled stars of Hollywood makes people understand that stars too have powerful emotions in their real life like all other human beings. There were video clips, audio tapes, and powerful statements given to try to prove both sides of the case to the world and to get justice.

Paul Ekman’s theory says that basic human emotions like joy, anger, fear, surprise, etc are shared across the globe by universal facial expressions. So micro expressions are essential factors to be considered in detecting lies, especially within law and order.

From Dr. Shannon Curry, a clinical and forensic psychologist, it is evident that Amber Heard has a kind of personality disorder called Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) as well as Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD). The affected person delivers an impressionistic speech and displays quick shifts in emotion. The technology of imentiv AI lets you identify facial emotions and give you a full report on emotions expressed by the characters in the video. Sometimes this may minimize the difficulty of studying facial emotion when people have constantly fluctuating moods.

Another conclusion from Janine Drive, the Body Language, and Deception Detection Expert, is all about facial expressions and body language that the couple made at the courtroom trial. According to Janine Drive, in the courtroom where she was present, she could only figure out the emotion ‘contempt’ from Heard’s facial expressions rather than sadness or fear. She adds, “the occasional smile of Depp is not a sign of happiness, instead it’s an expression of saying ‘I’m uncomfortable,”.

We have seen different reactions from people, who were standing outside the Fairfax county courthouse when Depp and Heard took their leave after the trial.

Finally, the jurors concluded that Depp will receive more than $10 million in damages. It is a great moment for Depp and he expresses his gratitude to the jurors for giving him his life back. On the other hand, Heard leaves an emotional note on social media that she was heartbroken, disappointed, ashamed, humiliated, and also sad that she lost the case.

In a nutshell, identifying people’s emotions not only helps make wiser decisions within a court of law but also improves human relationships.

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