Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3917: American Airlines Stroller Incident - Anger, Contempt and Escalation (vs. Deescalation) - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






Yesterday, as American Airlines flight number 591 was boarding in San Francisco (destination Dallas), a female passenger had her stroller reportedly "violently" taken from her by an employee. During this action, she was incidentally struck - and her infant was almost inadvertently hit. The woman understandably became visibly upset and a male bystander passenger then intervened.

The video above displays only the later portion of this incident. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis with emphasis placed on the escalating-deescalating body language dynamics.

(Each description applies to the image immediately above it)







































The pilot should not be leaning against the wall/restroom door. This casual act is very much out of context and is a mistake. As the most authoritative person on the plane, by this nonverbal display, he was acquiescing and very much saying, "I am beta, would anyone else here like to take my place as the authority figure?"

By his posture and arm position, it also appears as if he very possibly has his hand(s) in his pocket(s) which, in this cluster-context, truly screams that his emotional comfort is significantly diminished  - along with low confidence.

The captain's lack of assertion in this moment created a power vacuum and he lost a window of opportunity in which to take charge and thus to prevent and/or deescalate in a controlled manner, on his own terms.





































During 0:26 - 0:27, the intervening male passenger gestures a second time (the first occasion was during 0:25), with his left thumb. We can only see a portion of his right face, but there is enough of it visible to confirm his anger.

Gesturing with one's thumb (rather than a finger) is wise in this context. It's one way to keep already escalating emotions from crescendoing too much.

Notice also too, that his arm, particularly his upper arm, is held close to his chest (although, this is in part, very natural [for most people] in a crowded environment). The mere act of keeping one's arms close to one's torso, will help tremendously in down-regulating emotions (and thus keep anger from growing).







































The intervening male passenger then turns his torso a bit more toward an unseen person as he points with his right index finger (forefinger) and his thumb.

This is a key moment in the escalation of this incident. The act of pointing with our index finger immediately up-regulates the adrenaline level in our body (whether we are the one doing the pointing or being pointed at). This seemingly simple, yet very provocative gesture, dramatically increases the chances of physical altercation.

Notice too, the male passenger's eyebrows have risen significantly along with his eyelids. We see more "whites of his eyes" (sclera). These changes are also highly consistent with higher levels of anger which instantaneously accompany his index finger pointing.













































At 0:33, the male passenger points more dramatically at the same unseen passenger (presumably the male American Airlines employee)  and "jabs" his finger as his forearm moves further away from his torso. This jabbing gesture (Illustrator) is a surrogate for, and often a preamble to a fist and/or weapon.












































The male passenger then points at his chest (a split second later, also during 0:33), re-inserting himself as a central player in an incident in which he was not initially involved. He then returns to his seat.

Individuals who have a tendency to inject themselves and behave in this manner - often will also be those who have a predilection for physical altercation, rather than solving a problem with dialog and diplomacy.




































During the 0:46 mark in the video, after the same intervening male passenger shouts out to the American Airlines employee (who was speaking to the captain), the AA employee turns to the passenger as the captain gestures for his subordinate's refrain (although still quite half-heartedly).







































During 0:47, the male passenger then begins to again point with his index finger, only this time his arm is fully extended. This full arm adjunct pointing (also with a jabbing motion) is particularly inflammatory and escalating.







































The American Airlines employee then responds in kind, mirroring the male passenger's hype-aggressive gesture (0:48).






































As the passenger aggressively approaches, the American Airlines Employee displays a palms-up gesture which is deescalating (0:51) - although it would have even more so if his hands were in a lower position.


































As the employee backs up, the captain's hand is on his shoulder, in this context, this gesture is deescalating (0:47).














































In this next moment (0:58) we see:

  • The passenger pointing at himself (re-asserting his dominance and aggressiveness)
  • A female flight attendant with a (protective and insulating) hand on the male American Airlines employee's upper abdomen/lower chest
  • The captain with a (dominant) palm-down, fingers-spread Illustrator (aka "Dominant Spider" - gesturing toward the male passenger
  • And the male American Airlines employee, with this extra protection/insulation from his co-workers - particularly with that of the captain (in addition to the passenger backing away), displays a classic "bring it on" escalating fight gesture (à la The Matrix). This is foolish - yet quite typical and predictable in order for him to "save face"













































As the male passenger's female companion/friend/wife pulls his right arm (foreground), the male passenger feels a similar "need" to save face, by issuing one last set of finger-point-jabbing escalating gestures toward the male airline employee (0:59).















































As the American Airlines employee is "herded" out of the plane with a hand on his sternum/mid-chest - with an attempt at argument re-engagement - we see an expression of contempt displayed on the employee's face (1:05).


















































A second later, his expression has morphed into a combination of anger and classic disgust. Note the extreme nostril flaring and mid-facial tension - which are common to both aforementioned emotions.














































Once the male employee disembarks, the female flight attendant and captain - who were, in large measure, the default "neutral parties" incident - approach the male passenger. Their facial expressions are relatively calm, neutral - and therefore, non-escalating (1:08).







































The captain then displays a dominant, palm-down gesture (1:10), which, in this moment is superfluous and over-compensatory.



































In this last image, as the captain begins to turn away, we see a primary expression of regret with a secondary one of disgust (1:11).


Summary: Although the details of the entire event are not currently available in the form of a video, what is viewable in this recording shows a very typical confrontational escalation behavior on the part of both the American Airlines employee and the male passenger.

The captain could have largely prevented a good portion of this incident by being more assertive earlier. 

Being aware of one's own nonverbal behavior (as well as the others involved), in real-time, during such emotional moments, are of profound benefit in deescalating confrontational situations. Relying on verbal-only techniques will result in a high degree of failure and loss of tempers (loss of impulse control).


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3916: Marine Le Pen's Anger and The French Election

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3914: Mike Pence's Recent Statement regarding Trump, "He's a Man of His Word"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3911: Simone Biles gets Pranked on "Ellen"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3909: North Korea's Parade - Projecting Power and Control

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3884: One Important Expression James Comey Displayed Often During His Testimony Before the House Intelligence Committee

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3847: Stephen Miller (Senior Advisor to Donald Trump)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3812: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & La La Land - Backstage Interview Golden Globes 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3789: Felicity Jones, Jyn Erso and Tattoos


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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3916: Marine Le Pen's Anger and The French Election - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)
























The first round of the French Presidential Elections will be held on Sunday 23 April. If no candidate should win a majority, a run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on 7 May 2017. Marine Le Pen is the leader of the National Front (FN) and is one of the favorites.

As with many people - politicians in particular, Le Pen's persona changes quite profoundly when she speaks in front of an audience (even a small one). When this occurs, the speaker is usually very unaware of just the dramatic nature of this phenomenon (or even that it exists at all).

Le Pen tends to default, rather frequently, into anger. Note that in all three of these images, her mid-face (the area below her nose and above her upper lip) is under considerable tension. Her upper lip is horizontally very stretched and thinned-out.























Also quite prominent is her forward jaw jutting - a configuration strongly correlated with high adrenaline states (which is elevated true during anger).

Another pattern in all three photos is seen with Le Pen's nostrils. These are flared - especially those in the first and third images. This is also associated with the emotion of anger.

When only (or primarily) the lower teeth are visible, it projects anger and often feels threatening. Le Pen's speaking style follows this pattern quite regularly. It's almost as if she's a character actor trying to "jump start" herself into an emotional state of aggression and anger (or even at times rage).



























 

Now try this exercise:
  • Bare only your lower teeth
  • Jut your jaw forward
  • Tighten the area between your upper lip and nose
  • Flare your nostrils 

The mere act of adopting this nonverbal facial cluster will increase both your adrenaline and your cortisol - and make you angry. By facially-defaulting in such a manner during her speeches, Le Pen increases her energy, her aggression - and her anger. 

Conversely, if a person has difficulty with ‘Anger Management’ (Impulse Control Disorder), becoming more aware of muscle tension in these facial structures (and other parts of the body) — and thus relaxing these areas, will go a long way to curtailing crescendos of anger.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3915: Donald Trump Greets Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3910: Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago, Easter Weekend - Disparate Conscious vs. Unconscious Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3908: Kim Jong-un's Mask of Insincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3887: Why Does Donald Trump Point at People So Often?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3835: Beauty and the Beast – Official Final Trailer

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3750: Bill's Reaction to Hillary Clinton's Concession Speech

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3676: Colin Kaepernick Says He Be Sitting Down During the National Anthem


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3915: Donald Trump Greets Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Earlier today, President Trump received Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House. The two leaders also conducted a joint press conference.

One particularly interesting body language moment in their day came while the two men were in the Oval Office.























Paolo Gentiloni sat with his ankles crossed - with the bottoms of his feet NOT flat on the floor. While this foot configuration may appear to some to be relaxed - it's certainly not. Mr. Gentiloni is in a beta emotional state. Note also the position of his hands - this is a seated analog of a fig-leaf (aka genital guarding).

The White House and the especially the Oval Office were designed to intimidate. Thus it's not too surprising that PM Gentiloni is in protection-mode. Yet it's never wise for a head-of-state who's experiencing low emotional comfort and low confidence to show them for the World to see.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3914: Mike Pence's Recent Statement regarding Trump, "He's a Man of His Word"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3911: Simone Biles gets Pranked on "Ellen"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3909: North Korea's Parade - Projecting Power and Control

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3907: Donald Trump Shows His Cards regarding North Korea

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3878: Sean Spicer, White House Briefing, Donald Trump's Wiretapping Allegations 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3841: Tom Brady's and Roger Goodell's Handshake after Super Bowl LI

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3691: Natalie Portman's Emotional Tell 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3595: LeBron James, Disbelief and Emotional Processing 



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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3914: Mike Pence's Recent Statement regarding Trump, "He's a Man of His Word" - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






On Wednesday, Vice President Pence was interviewed by CNN's Dana Bash. During the exchange, the VP was asked a question regarding Donald Trump's recent geopolitical decisions, how many people view these as major policy shifts, and what he (Pence) would tell 'voters, back home' about these recent decisions.

As is typical, there's a lot of nonverbal behavior being exhibited in a short amount of time. In this post, however, only the first 1:03 is being evaluated. Please watch just this portion first - and then return. Here is the corresponding dialog:


DANA BASH: "Mr. Vice President, a lot of voters supported the President, a, a, and you, a, because they liked the fact that he was explicit, that 'The US is going to stop being the World's policeman'. Ah, but now, it hasn't even been a hundred days and we've seen military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan - y, y, you talking pretty tough, ah, vis-à-vis, ah, North Korea. Maybe holding out the possibility of military strikes with or without China's help - what do you say to voters, back home, who say, 'Wait a minute, this is not what I signed up for?' "

MIKE PENCE: "I say to voters that President Trump, is a man of his word, and he is the kind of strong leader that is going to pursue vital national interests of the United States of America, ah, and has demonstrated an ability and willingness to use force where necessary. Ah, the President's decision, ah, to launch, ahmm, Cruise Missiles into Syria - to the very airbase that launched that horrific chemical attack against men, women, and little children was the right decision...."


Now watch it once more, this time paying close attention to the frequency of Mike Pence's blinking.

The same dialog will be repeated here, only with VP Pence's blinking notated with red asterisks, *. These are placed in between or in midst of words - regardless of whether Ms. Bash or the Vice President is speaking - but only Pence's blinks are notated.

The camera did not show the Vice President's face the entire time, however, when Pence was on camera, it will be notated by an underline in the following dialog:

DANA BASH: "Mr. Vice President, a lot of voters supported the President, a, a*, and you*, a, because they liked the fact that he* was explicit, that* 'The US is going to stop being the World's policeman'. Ah, but now, it hasn't even been a hundred days and we've seen military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan - y, y, you talking pretty tough, ah, vis-à-vis*, ah, North Korea*. Maybe holding out the poss*ibility of military strikes with or without China's help - what do you say to voters, back home, who say, 'Wait a minute, this is not what I signed up for?' "

MIKE PENCE: "I [begins to shake his head-neck from side-to-side] say to voters that President Trump [pause, deep inhalation, shoulders raise], **is a *man *of his w*ord, a*nd he is the k*ind of strong leader *that is g*oing to pursue* v*ital national interests of the U*nited States of America, ah*, and has demonstrated an ability and willingness to u*se force where necessary. Ah, the President's d*ecision, ah, t*o launch, ahmm, C*ruise M*issiles into Syria - to the v*ery airb*ase that launch*ed that horrific ch*emical attack a*gainst men, w*omen, and* l*ittle ch*ildren was the r*ight decision...."


The highest frequency, by far, of Pence's blinking is 11 blinks in 5 seconds (during 0:36 - 0:41) when he is saying (regarding President Trump), "**is a *man *of his w*ord, a*nd he is the k*ind of strong leader *that is g*oing to pursue* v*ital...". The subject associated with the next most frequent blinking is that of the chemical attack on the men, women, and children of Syria.

The rate of blinking in humans varies. However, for a healthy adult male, it's once every 7 - 9 seconds which is 7.5 blinks per minute. Yet, the Vice President's blinking rate during this statement regarding President Trump was about 27.3 blinks per minute. This increase is not a coincidence.

Summary: Assuming no medical condition is present, blinking frequency is a function of anxiety. More anxiety leads to increased blinking, more relaxation leads to less frequent blinking. If one is speaking (and/or thinking) of innocent people dying of a chemical gas attack - it's natural, and very expected, to exhibit increased anxiety (and thus also, increased blinking). However, one must ask, Why was the Vice President experiencing increased anxiety when making a positive verbal declaration regarding Donald Trump's character? The conclusion: Mike Pence's nonverbal behavior strongly suggests that, during this portion of the interview, he was being deceptive.

What other nonverbal displays did you see which are congruent with the VP's increased blinking?

























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3910: Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago, Easter Weekend - Disparate Conscious vs. Unconscious Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3908: Kim Jong-un's Mask of Insincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3905: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, and Deep Joy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3868: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, The West Bank and Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3857: Taunting a Snowplow Driver - Belleville, Ontario

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3833: Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson and a Yacht

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3652: Simone Manuel & Penny Oleksiak Win Olympic Gold

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3506: Jake Gyllenhaal Bombed His Lord of the Rings Audition


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





There was a very curious exchange between Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys during their recent guest appearance on Watch What Happens Live - and much of it was their body language. The two are "real-life" partners and as well as portraying a married couple as co-stars (who are also undercover KGB agents) on the television series, The Americans.





















Notice the couples' positioning as a caller just begins her question, "When did you two realize you were more than just colleagues, and that you both had the hots for each other?"

At this moment note, the couple has their legs crossed toward each other.




















 

As Keri Russell turns to put her drink down, for about two seconds (0:07 - 0:08), she displays a very specific expression.

























In this cropped, close-up of this same instant, we see this is a combination of what is a bit of disgust mixed with can be described as Schadenfreude. Some would define schadenfreude as a form of malice - or a pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.

Her nonverbal expression is very much saying, "I'm going to enjoy watching you get yourself out of this one".


























In this same instant, Matthew Rhys displays a mild amount of fear.























Mr. Rhys then maneuvers in an excellent of a "Butt Adjust" (or Butt Adjustment) as he lifts it off the chair an inch or two in a moment of considerably heightened anxiety (0:11).

Notice that Russell's torso is now leaning away from Rhys.






















Rhys then crosses his leg away from Russell in addition to also leaning away with his torso.






















Andy Cohen (beginning at 0:38): And then did it re-kindle when you were making The Americans? 

Rhys: N-, wel-, well.... Yes. 

Russell: [Laughs Loudly]

Rhys: Took a while -

Cohen: Do you have a different story? (pointing to Russell)

Rhys: Took a while

Russell: No, basically we, we did all the readings together, and then all the things ...

From 0:42 - 0:48, Matthew Rhys rubs/scratches beneath his right thigh with his right hand. This signals Significant Anxiety and more specifically a Hesitancy to Disclose the Truth. It's important to note how this nonverbal tell occurs simultaneously with Rhys first beginning to say "No" - then switching his answer to, "Yes".

Meanwhile, Russell is leaning even further away from her partner (this signal alone is screaming, "You are lying").


Summary: This nonverbal exchange is notable for its heightened anxiety, a hesitancy to disclose the truth - as well as outright deception. The whole story is not being told. Moreover, Russell's schadenfreude for Rhys in such a public setting is suggestive of a significant rift in their relationship.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3911: Simone Biles gets Pranked on "Ellen"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3909: North Korea's Parade - Projecting Power and Control

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3907: Donald Trump Shows His Cards regarding North Korea

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3901: Jared Kushner in Iraq

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3875: Children Interrupt Dad During BBC News interview

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3822: Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3704: Hillary Clinton, Likability and Presidential Debates

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3541: Chris Christie's Wife - Mary Pat's, Reaction to Donald Trump's "Woman Card" Comment


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3911: Simone Biles gets Pranked on "Ellen" - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






Simone Biles was recently a guest on Ellen - and leave it to Ellen, she pulled a prank on Simone. Ms. Biles' partner on Dancing with the Stars, Sasha Farber, popped out of a false table - giving Simone a scare.






















What we see in the above image (captured during 3:56) is largely not body language though - it's an example of what is known as a startle reflex. As the name suggests - it's a reflex (involuntary and not processed in the cerebral cortex). When we become startled (which occurs very rapid after the stimulus), we look toward that which is startling us - in order to see it, blink forcefully, and we pull our limbs in toward the center of the body, as well as contracting the jaw - and flexing the neck, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knee, ankles and toes - all to varying degrees, depending on the source and severity of the stimulus.























However - one second prior (3:55) we see Ellen display some classic body language - as she scratches her left neck and pulls her collar.




























Both the pull and the scratch are very common - and textbook nonverbal tells frequently manifested in the midst of an anxiety surge.





























Just after the prank - and indeed before Simone has even begun to recover - Ellen displays two "Tongue Juts" in rapid succession (more specifically these were "Loose Tongue Juts"). The image above is from 3:57.


























The second Loose Tongue Jut is seen during 3:58. These nonverbal displays are extremely commonly exhibited by the perpetrators of pranks - at the payout moment - being indicative of the emotions of: "I've Been Bad" and/or "I've Been Caught" (Navarro). Thus, in this context, these are in part, a form of self-deprecating behavior.

See also:


Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3910: Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago, Easter Weekend - Disparate Conscious vs. Unconscious Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3908: Kim Jong-un's Mask of Insincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3905: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, and Deep Joy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3903: Rex Tillerson Disagrees with Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3897: Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3885: Vogue's 73 Questions with Selena Gomez

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3850: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and Michael Flynn

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3812: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & La La Land - Backstage Interview Golden Globes 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3693: Grace VanderWaal Wins America's Got Talent Season 11


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3910: Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago, Easter Weekend - Disparate Conscious vs. Unconscious Body Language - Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)























The image above shows President Trump disembarking Air Force One as he begins his 2017 Easter weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

His "Thumbs-Up" illustrator is, of course, an extremely common gesture - particularly for politicians. It's an almost universal emblem meant to indicate optimism, an affirmation of a good decision, a positive judgment of what just occurred/is occurring, and other similar thought-emotions. The thumbs-up display is also a very conscious action.

Now contrast this hand-arm configuration with that of Donald Trump's face. The President's facial expression is highly indicative of both Contempt (his primary emotion in this moment) as well as Disgust (secondary). These emotions are, in this instant, very unconsciously displayed.

Whenever there is an apparent disparity in body language - it's a signal you must dig deeper. In such cases, it is the nonverbal signal which is subconsciously initiated which indicates the true thought-emotions.

Summary: President Trump's thumbs-up display, is in this image, is a deception - yet his face tells the truth.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3909: North Korea's Parade - Projecting Power and Control

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3907: Donald Trump Shows His Cards regarding North Korea

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3904: Sean Spicer Draws Criticism with Hitler-Assad Comparison and Denial of Use of Chemical Weapons in WWII

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3902: Donald Trump and Xi Jinping - Power, Control, and Handshakes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3884: One Important Expression James Comey Displayed Often During His Testimony Before the House Intelligence Committee

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3843: 84 Lumber Super Bowl Ad - "The Entire Journey"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3814: Claire Foy's recounting of Meeting Kate Winslet

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3791: Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassinated in Ankara


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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3909: North Korea's Parade - Projecting Power and Control - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
























Every year on the birthday of Kim Il-Sung, North Korea conducts a parade projecting military power. This year more eyes were watching, the festivities were more extravagant, and the missiles were more massive. The DPRK does possess nuclear weapons - and according to some sources, they may now be miniaturized enough to be carried by aloft by missiles. Their ballistics are "limited" to intermediate ranges - however these are certainly powerful enough to strike all of South Korea and Japan. 

If you watched any of the major news reports, you probably saw the North Korean soldiers - both men and women marching in a particularly highly-stylized manner known as "Goose-Stepping" (Both still images exampled here were captured during Saturday's parade).






In the video above, the dynamics of goose-stepping soldiers can be seen during 1:23 - 1:41.

What is the significance of goose stepping?

This military march originated in Prussia in the mid-18th century. At that time it was termed, the Stechschritt (which literally meant, "piercing step") or Stechmarsch. The name "Goose Step" was later given to this marching movement by the British Military.

Of course, this, or virtually any military marching is choreography. It both engenders and demonstrates a high degree of group-think. If one can achieve this level of physical coordination and synchrony - a similar amount of mental molding and mind-melding will also occur (and vise versa).

Although many militaries still use Goose-Stepping, because of its strong association with WWII and Nazi Germany, a good number of nations have long-abandoned this practice. The term has become strongly connected with very visceral and negative emotions/images/associations of dictators, strongmen, fear, intimidation, oppression, and death.

From a pure body language perspective (without historical biases), Goose-Stepping projects strong emotional signals of:

  • We will NOT accommodate you
  • We will NOT bend for you
  • You WILL DO as we wish
  • You are one with us
  • You are part of the group
  • You are no longer an individual
  • We are all of one mind
  • We will control you
  • You will conform
  • We are powerful
  • Fear us


























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3908: Kim Jong-un's Mask of Insincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3907: Donald Trump Shows His Cards regarding North Korea

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3905: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, and Deep Joy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3896: Did Matthew Perry Really Beat Up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3888: Paul Ryan's Response to the House's Failure to Overturn Obamacare and Pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017 - "This is a disappointing day for us"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3864: Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick Arguing with an Uber Driver regarding Falling Fares - Escalation v. De-Escalation, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3856: "Belle" Clip - Beauty and the Beast

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3833: Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson and a Yacht



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