Is Tiger Woods Being Honest?

By Dr. David Matsumoto

Tiger Woods had been under constant public scrutiny for some time now.

Ever since his news of infidelity and erratic behavior, Tiger has rarely been seen until he made a public apology to his family, friends and fans in February.

When Tiger first came out with this apology, I believed he was being genuine and sincere. At this point, he really didn’t have anything to hide. Although his speech did sound a little artificial because he probably rehearsed it, I didn’t take that as a sign of him being deceptive.

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Tiger has also apparently made a decision to go back to competing in golf, which his recent announcement that he will compete at The Masters next month.

On March 21, 2010 Woods gave his first interview in 4 months to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi. The complete interview can be seen here.

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I still don’t see Woods being insincere, although he seems much more relaxed than when he gave his public apology.

What do you think?

13 responses to “Is Tiger Woods Being Honest?”

  1. Max C says:

    I can’t see it due to me being in England so if someone could kindly tell me the dates of such videos so i can search them

  2. Hi Max, His first interview was February 19, 2010 and his second interview was on March 21, 2010. Hopefully you can find them on CNN or ESPN.

  3. Actually, please note that the first video wasn’t an interview, but rather a public apology. The second (March 21) was when he first took questions from a reporter in 4 months.

  4. Gianluca says:

    I agree. he’s sincere and more relaxed than the public apologizes but not totally relaxed.
    Maybe i’m wrong but when he answer at the question about what kind of reception he expects from fans (around 3:00), does he shows contempt while he’s saying “I don’t know..”?
    Sorry for my english 😛

  5. WC says:

    I talked to my buddy at the time of this interview about possible deception leakage and we both agreed that he was pretty well rehearsed. We thought he was being sincere but we both agreed that he didn’t appear sincere. The reason of not seeming sincere might have been due to rehearsing, but we took into account the entire world was going to be watching. There were a few points where his speech sped up possibly due to anger but other than that it was alright.

  6. Markus says:

    I dont think he is sincere.

    In the public apology he obviously have had help with both writing and bodylanguage. His bodylanguage is so stiff that it almost seems like even that was scripted. What seems most insincere to me in his public apology is the actual apology.´The way he delibrately looks in to the camrera and deliberate swallowing. Its when he says “for all that i have done(looks into the camera and swallows) im so sorry”. It just seem like bad acting, to me at least.

    The same goes for the resent interview. He is more relaxed, mabey because its all out there and he have given his “apology”, mabey its because on the situation? He doesnt really have to appear sad and regretful here as opossed to the puplic apology. Futhermore several of the answears he gives and other things he says, he is just repeating from the public apology. If you were sorry and truly felt remorse, you should be able to put that regret and sadness in your own words, not keep repeating a written speech.

    If this kind of apology was amied at me, i would not feel it was genuine.

  7. Pintorider says:

    I watched the interview video without listening to the sound. My over all impression was sincerity. Tiger looked sad and ashamed. But he’s really hard to read in my opinion, rather stony faced. And his hat obscured his forehead and his eyebrows.

  8. Maggie says:

    There have been varying reports from a variety of body language experts. Most state that he is not being sincere. However, I too believe he is sincere in his apology and what is coming across as insincere to others may be his nervousness and discomfort of the overall situation that he has put himself and others in. In addition his first public apology was a scripted one and prepared which also made him look artificial.
    I have noticed a smiliar affect from several including A-Rod when their apology is read from a script.

  9. Scott B. says:

    I agree with Maggie. Scripted apologies, or well-rehearsed ones, come across as insincere and they aren’t, necessarily… See also the NFL Commissioner and medical experts before Congress on the issue of long-term effects of traumatic head injury in the league.

  10. Amy says:

    I talked to my buddy at the time of this interview about possible deception leakage and we both agreed that he was pretty well rehearsed. We thought he was being sincere but we both agreed that he didn’t appear sincere. The reason of not seeming sincere might have been due to rehearsing, but we took into account the entire world was going to be watching. There were a few points where his speech sped up possibly due to anger but other than that it was alright.

  11. George says:

    I can’t see it due to me being in England so if someone could kindly tell me the dates of such videos so i can search them

  12. Jonathan says:

    I agree with Maggie. Scripted apologies, or well-rehearsed ones, come across as insincere and they aren’t, necessarily… See also the NFL Commissioner and medical experts before Congress on the issue of long-term effects of traumatic head injury in the league.

  13. Tony says:

    Actually, please note that the first video wasn’t an interview, but rather a public apology. The second (March 21) was when he first took questions from a reporter in 4 months.

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