Sunday, August 20, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4035: Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and Phone Tells - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

























Hope Hicks, was recently named the interim White House Communications Director by President Trump. She is pictured above during a phone call in the lobby of Trump Tower.

Note how Ms. Hicks has her left arm across her lower chest/upper abdomen. This amounts to one-half of a full arms-crossed MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier). It's a body language posture which signals low confidence and low emotional comfort. People don't stand like this when they're confident - or when they are giving or receiving good news.

A nuance which may have escaped you is the position of Hope Hick's left hand. It's oriented palm-upward - which amplifies her beta emotional tone. Had her palm been directed downward, it would have been a bit more alpha.

Now look carefully at Ms. Hick's right hand - holding the phone. Notice all her fingers are relatively parallel. This also indicates her emotions, in this moment, are relatively beta.

Contrast Hope Hicks with Jared Kushner, pictured below. His index finger is held separately and directed vertically - with the other three fingers grouped together (roughly perpendicular to the index finger). This configuration is indicative of alpha emotions. Not surprisingly, this isolated/upward directed index-finger manner of holding a phone holding is virtually never seen simultaneously with one-arm across the torso.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4034: Steve Bannon's Critical Evaluation

Body Language Analysis No. 4032: John Kelly's Reaction to Donald Trump's Press Conference Regarding the Events in Charlottesville

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4002: Justin Trudeau Meets His Namesake

Body Language Analysis No. 3971: Elon Musk, Amber Heard, Affection, and Ownership

Body Language Analysis No. 3951: Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, the G7 Summit, and The Paris Agreement

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3853: Tom Hiddleston, a School Play and Eddie Redmayne


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4034: Steve Bannon's Critical Evaluation - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)



























Perhaps you've heard? Steve Bannon has been fired. Although rumors of President Trump's chief strategist's departure have been circulating for weeks, what appears to have been the last straw for Donald Trump, was Bannon's recent and very public contradiction of the President's strategy regarding North Korea.

In the image above, Steve Bannon is in the Oval Office displaying a classic nonverbal MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) known as the "Double-L". Note how his index finger (forefinger) is resting on the left side of his head and directed upward, his thumb is resting on the side/base of his jaw (mandible) pointing posteriorly, and the remainder of his fingers are angled to his right. These three groupings of digits are oriented at roughly right-angles to each other, and thereby giving this gesture its name, the "Double-L" - which is a strong signal of critical evaluation (e.g., Whatever you're selling, he's NOT buying).

Of particular note is his middle finger. It's held over his lips (see below) and it's also isolated from the other digits. And although this signal is a subconscious/edge-of-consciousness phenomenon, the middle finger placement signals Bannon's psyche is simultaneously "shushing" the speaker - as well as flipping them the bird. This is a variation of a "Partial Emblematic Slip".

Nuancing further, we can see Steven Bannon's eyebrows and lower forehead are pulled together (medially) and lowered. His lips are also stretched and very thinned. The cluster of changes is consistent with anger.

Summary: In addition to his anger in this moment, Steven Bannon's display of a "Double-L" indicates a classic and strong critical evaluation of the speaker/idea/plan being put forth. Superimposed in this moment is the display of his middle finger MAP - which is an additional, potent signal of profanity and his desire to silence them.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4033: Prime Minister Theresa May Regarding Charlottesville Violence, "I see no equivalence"

Body Language Analysis No. 4031: One Gesture to Never Use When Condemning Neo-Nazis

Body Language Analysis No. 4029: Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, and Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range

Body Language Analysis No. 4017: Elisabeth Moss, Anthony Rizzo, and a Signal of Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 3995: Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron, and the G20 Group Photo

Body Language Analysis No. 3946: Melania Swats Away Donald Trump's Hand as They Arrive in Israel

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3815: Donald Trump's first Press Conference as President-Elect


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4033: Prime Minister Theresa May Regarding Charlottesville Violence, "I see no equivalence" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





While visiting the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said, "As I made clear at the weekend, follow the horrendous scenes that we saw in Charlottesville *, I absolutely abhor the racism, the hatred, and the violence that we've seen portrayed by these groups. The United Kingdom has taken action to ban the far right groups here. We've proscribed certain far right groups here in the United Kingdom - and there's no equivalence, I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. And I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them."

To put her statement in a greater context, for those who may be unaware - Prime Minister May is the leader of the U.K.'s Conservative Party.

From a nonverbal perspective, Theresa May projects multiple signals in this short video segment. One crucial split-second, in particular, occurs in her first sentence.

During 0:06, just after Prime Minister May says, "...horrendous scenes that we saw in Charlottesville" - but just before she said, "I absolutely abhor the racism, the hatred, and the violence...", PM May displays an excellent example of a microexpression.

This particular microexpression is that of contempt. Note how, very evanescently, the left corner of her mouth vectors out and up (displaying more teeth on her left). Simultaneously, her left nasolabial fold deepens as her left cheek muscle is contracted upward. You may miss this dynamic and short-lived signal if you're not fairly adept at spotting microexpressions. Please view it several times, at normal and slower speeds.

While not required as part of contempt, we see that at the moment of maximum contempt, the Prime Minister's eyelids are also closed. This is an example of a "blocking phenomenon" - which serves to amplify her contempt and, for an instant, tries to "un-see" or "wipe clean from her mind's eye" - the unwanted behavior.

You may also notice that throughout this entire video, the Prime Minister's eyebrows are pulled together (medially) by the contraction of what is known as the "Corrugator supercilii muscle" (resulting in the vertical furrows between the eyebrows). Throughout most (but not all) of this segment, PM May's eyebrows are also frequently lowered (beautifully exemplified during the last syllable of her word, "horrendous"). Her lower eyelids are also tense - as is the region above her upper lip and below her nose. Included in this nonverbal cluster, we can see her nostrils are also flaring. This "nonverbal sentence" (aka "cluster") is highly indicative of anger.

Nuancing her facial expressions a bit further, we can see that during this same 0:06 microexpression of contempt, Theresa May's central forehead is also contracted and vectored upward (aka an elevated "Central Forehead Contraction" or "CFC") - as it was at multiple times during her statement. This elevated CFC is indicative of Empathy.

Summary: When assessing nonverbal communication in real-time, always be aware that more than one emotion may be simultaneously occurring. We see an excellent example of this fundamental body language principle here as Theresa May feels contempt, anger, and empathy regarding the recent violence in Charlottesville - and what she believes to be Donald Trump's mishandling of the aftermath. It's important to point out, that during this segment, the Prime Minister's sincerity quotient is high.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4032: John Kelly's Reaction to Donald Trump's Press Conference Regarding the Events in Charlottesville

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4021: Stephen Miller's and Jim Acosta's Confrontation

Body Language Analysis No. 4005: O.J. Simpson's Parole Board Hearing

Body Language Analysis No. 3986: Anthony Kennedy, The Supreme Court, and Predicting Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3927: Jimmy Kimmel's Emotional Monologue regarding His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3871: Emma Watson's Old Habit, Harry Potter Outtake and Anxiety


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4032: John Kelly's Reaction to Donald Trump's Press Conference Regarding the Events in Charlottesville - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




The following is a partial transcript of President Trump's press conference yesterday, followed by a partial nonverbal analysis of John Kelly's simultaneous nonverbal reactions.

Please note: In the transcript below, the journalist who is closest to this camera/microphone is, of course, louder than the journalist further away to whom Donald Trump is answering. Thus the 'closer' journalist's questions/words are not included here (even though you'll hear her). Moreover, this transcript does not include the full presser, but only reflects the portion included in this specific video clip.


DONALD TRUMP: I would do it the same way - and you know why? Because I want to - make sure, when I make a statement, that the statement is correct. And there was no way - there was no way of making a correct statement that early. I had to see the facts, unlike a lot of reporters, unlike a lot of reporters.

[cross talk] I didn’t know David Duke was there. I wanted to see the facts. And the facts, as they started coming out, were very well-stated. In fact, everybody said, 'His statement was beautiful. If he would have made it sooner, that would have been good.' I couldn’t have made it sooner, because I didn’t know all of the facts.

Frankly, people still don’t know all of the facts. * It was very important t-, excuse me, excuse me - it was very important to me to get the facts out and correctly. Because if I would have made a fast statement — and the first statement was made without knowing much other than what we were seeing.

The second statement was made after - with knowledge, with great knowledge. There's still things — [cross talk] excuse me. There's still things that people don’t know. I wanna make a statement with knowledge. I wanted to know the facts. Okay.

JOURNALIST: Was it? - two questions: Was this terrorism? And can you tell us how you are feeling about your chief strategist Steve Bannon? 

TRUMP: Well I think the - driver of the car - is a disgrace to, himself, his family and this country. And that is - you can call it terrorism...


General Kelly's up-and-down head nod during 0:38 - 041, was his indicating his agreement to President Trump describing his delayed initial response to the events in Charlottesville in a self-deprecating manner - (quoting others) 'If he would have made it sooner, that would have been good.' 





























A few seconds later, during 0:46 - 047, just after the President says, "Frankly, people still don’t know all of the facts", we see General Kelly's eyebrows vector downward, his head shake side-to-side, his mid-face tighten, a mild flaring of his nostrils, an increasing rate and duration of his blinking, and the corner's of his mouth pull laterally and upward with tightened lips. This cluster indicates very clearly his disagreement-disapproval of the President's statement. However, the White House Chief of Staff's facial expression also indicates he's feeling strong additional elements of disgust and regret.






















Another emotion demonstrated throughout most of this segment is signaled by John Kelly crossing his arms very tightly - and crucially (throughout the first portion of this short video) his neck is also foreshortening while his shoulders are elevating. He's also looking at the floor. This is a very beta posture. More specifically, it's indicative of a highly protective mode. He's emotionally uncomfortable. This dynamic very much makes him look like a turtle going into his shell. He HAS to be there - but he doesn't WANT to be there. He doesn't want to witness the President's behavior. This nonverbal cluster indicates Kelly is in a moment of low confidence. He wants the President to speak - but to NOT say some of the things he said.





































During 1:11, just after the President says, "There's still things that people don’t know," John Kelly responds with a wince. It's as if he was getting a wound sutured without local anesthesia. Donald Trump's statement caused John Kelly emotional pain because Kelly believed, very strongly, that the President shouldn't have made that statement.




































Immediately after his wincing, it's highly probably General Kelly became aware that his expression was witnessed. This, in turn, gave him an adrenaline surge causing Kelly to square his shoulders and stand up straight.






























Just after President Trump was asked, "... was this terrorism?...", General Kelly very briefly looks up and to his left. This act was NOT an "Eye Roll". It was a signal Kelly was recalling a specific event. We have insufficient information to know precisely what it was, however, the timing of his response to the journalist's question, is strongly suggestive that he's recalling the specifics of a conversation he had with the President regarding the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville.





























General Kelly then immediately turns his head, leans his head-neck-torso slightly forward, partially closes his eyelids (squinting), and lowers his eyebrows. Most people will detect this cluster of behavior as an intense anticipation and listening for the President's response to the whether or not he will label the killing of Heather Heyer as an act of domestic terrorism - and/or what he will say about Steve Bannon.

Summary: It would be very valuable to see General Kelly's reaction throughout this entire press conference. However, this 88-second portion is very telling. John Kelly was feeling emotionally uncomfortable and in beta mode in response to President Trump throughout key portions of this video segment.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4031: One Gesture to Never Use When Condemning Neo-Nazis

Body Language Analysis No. 4029: Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, and Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range 

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement

Body Language Analysis No. 4020: Bruce Willis and the "Death Wish" Remake

Body Language Analysis No. 4018: Alexis Bledel and "The Handmaid's Tale"

Body Language Analysis No. 4006: Vladimir Putin and Melania Trump at the G20

Body Language Analysis No. 3983: Female Kurdish sniper fighting IS narrowly cheats death

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha



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Body Language Analysis No. 4031: One Gesture to Never Use When Condemning Neo-Nazis - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Palm-down gestures should be rarely be displayed by anyone in a leadership position. Illustrators that are oriented with the palm facing downward are hyper-alpha and hyper-aggressive. They're patronizing and condescending. They're rapport destroying and contempt projecting.

While palm-down gestures may solidify the opinions of (some of) those who already agree with you - and further alienate those who previously disagree with you - like all alpha and hyper-alpha body language, they will crucially serve distance the opinions of those who people who are undecided. Thus from a leadership or any kind of political point-of-view, palm-down gestures should be strongly avoided.

These effects are greatly amplified when they're overused - and when an outstretched arm is employed.

Fascinatingly, palm-down gestures also will result in a poorer recall of the subject matter by any members of the audience (even an audience of one) - a detail which should not be lost on politicians, professors or parents.
























On Tuesday, President Trump held a press conference where, in answering questions regarding the recent violence and loss of life in Charlottesville, he said, "there's blame on both sides". Many people, including many current high-level Republican office holders, feel Donald Trump is very much practicing a "Moral Equivalency" between Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white supremacists - and those standing up to these and other hate groups.

Summary: From a body language perspective, palm-down gestures - especially those made with an outstretched arm, should almost never be used by anyone in a leadership position. In the past several days, as Donald Trump has claimed to distance himself from the Neo-Nazi movement, this nonverbal principal is particularly germane, as it evokes memories and feelings associated with the quite similar Nazi Salute.























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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4024: Donald Trump Threatens "Fire and Fury" to North Korea

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4011: Anthony Scaramucci's First UK Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 3985: Grief, Pain, and Barometers of Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 3974: Elle Fanning, Robert De Niro, and Easter

Body Language Analysis No. 3958: Vladimir Putin interview with Megyn Kelly


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





There is one crucial expression Donald Trump never displayed during any of his statements regarding the recent violence and tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It's certainly an expression he should have made - for it's indicative of the emotions of sadness, grief - and the empathy one feels for other peoples' suffering. This is true regardless of whether their suffering is physical, emotional, or both.

Look at the image below. On the evening of 28 January 1986, Ronald Reagan gave a speech regarding the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (the entire speech is included at the bottom of this article). Note the muscles of his central forehead are contracted and vectored upward (an elevated CFC). Concomitantly, his inner (medial) eyebrows are also elevated - while simultaneously, his outer (lateral) eyebrows are lowered. The corners of his mouth are also down-turned



























Regardless of your political affiliation, if you were watching President Reagan's speech that day, you had no doubt Ronald Reagan was truly feeling grief for the families and loved-ones of those seven Astronauts. It's also not surprising (to those with modest or high empathy quotients) that just by looking at a picture or video of another person who is sad, suffering, or grieving (without even knowing any specifics) - will engender those same emotions in the viewer.

Grieving is absolutely necessary for healing. When a leader grieves, they give both a momentary and historical personification for our collective grieving. And it's in these moments when our grief is shared that perhaps we're most human.






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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4029: Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, and Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4008: Veteran Who Survived Dunkirk Reacts to Film

Body Language Analysis No. 3978: Keanu Reeves, Chuck Spadina, Sincerity, and Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 3976: Bill Conner bicycles 1,400 miles to hear his daughter's beating heart again

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2922: Evacuating Yazidis from Iraq's Mount Sinjar - A Daughter's Anguish, Empathy and Mirror Neurons  


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4029: Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, and Sincerity - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)





























Heather Heyer was counter-protesting against the White Nationalists on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was killed when a car driven by James Alex Fields deliberately sped into a crowd. At least nineteen other people were injured.

In the image above, Ms. Heyer can be seen displaying a sincere smile. Many people erroneously believe that sincere smiles must include teeth being displayed. Heather's smile is an excellent example of a sincere smile - yet where no teeth are visible.

The most crucial component of any sincere (Duchenne) smile are the eyes. The eyelids should ALWAYS be partially closed - AND there must ALWAYS be a temporary, concave-up furrows present in the lower eyelids. Heather Heyer's picture includes both of these features.

(Sometimes the lower lid furrow is reduced with Botox treatments - which is not the case here.)

Also, notice that Ms. Heyer's forehead is not contracted, but relaxed - which is another required element of a true, joy-happiness smile.

Heather's cheek muscles, along with the corners of her mouth, are vectored primarily upward. In distinction, with insincere smiles (aka social, acted, feigned) - there is a primary lateral (sideways) direction of the mouth's corners - and while the cheek muscles may contract - they barely move upward.

Whether or not teeth are visible is the least important component of any true smile - and, again, the exposure of teeth is NOT required in order for the smile to be sincere. Moreover, when teeth are visible - they should only the upper teeth (exceptions to this rule include a downward angle of the viewer/camera - or if the person is either beginning to, or just finishing with sincere laughter [for the lower teeth are exposed during sincere laughter - just not with sincere smiles]).

Notice too, that Ms. Heyer's head is tilted slightly to her left - and it's leaning somewhat forward. In this context, these features are "Sincerity Amplifiers". That is to say, a tilting and forward leaning of her head and neck up-regulate the warmth of her smile. These are green light signals - further "allowing us in" to a person's heart and mind. They are features which build rapport over and above that of a (baseline) sincere smile.

My deep condolences to the loved-ones of Heather Heyer. Stay strong.


See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4024: Donald Trump Threatens "Fire and Fury" to North Korea

Body Language Analysis No. 4022: Jessica Alba's Rules for Naming Her Baby 

Body Language Analysis No. 4018: Alexis Bledel and "The Handmaid's Tale"

Body Language Analysis No. 4010: Lisa Murkowski Responds To Donald Trump's Criticism

Body Language Analysis No. 3992: Angela Merkel's Eye Roll for Vladimir Putin's Mansplaining

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3921: Kim Jong-un, North Korea, Alpha Status, and Clapping

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

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


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Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





President Trump spoke briefly on Saturday after the violence and death during protests in Charlottesville. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of a crucial portion of his statement.

PRESIDENT TRUMP (continuing at 3:49 in the above video): ... But we're closely following, the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides...




























During 3:59, immediately after President Trump says, "... we condemn in the strongest possible terms ...", he tilts his head to his left. This is a profound Red Flag.

The tilting of President Trump's head just after making such a declarative statement is a highly reliable signal of contradiction. His beliefs/convictions are not consistent with his statement. The words are not at all congruent with his body language.

Notice also the tone (paralanguage) of the President's voice - for it's not at all consistent with strength of belief

The President's lack of eye contact in this context is also very telling. As president, there are certainly speeches when one must read from a script or teleprompter - and perhaps that principle applies to portions of this speech - but not this portion. This particular sentence was the most important one of his entire statement.
























During 4:05 - 4:06, Donald Trump performs a back-handed, hand sweep, as he says, "... on many sides ..."

























And immediately following, during 4:06 - 4:07, he repeats a truncated version of the hand sweep gesture, as he also verbally repeats, "... on many sides ..." at a lower volume and lower pitch.

Hand sweeping signals low priority, dismissive, and contemptuous emotional tones. It's a very much nonverbally saying, "This is beneath me" and "What does it matter?".


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement

Body Language Analysis No. 4023: Mike Pence, The 2020 Presidential Race, and Anger

Body Language Analysis No. 4021: Stephen Miller's and Jim Acosta's confrontation

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4006: Vladimir Putin and Melania Trump at the G20

Body Language Analysis No. 3983: Female Kurdish sniper fighting IS narrowly cheats death

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2313: Elisa Lam Video in Elevator at Cecil Hotel - What Her Body Language Tells Us


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





There are numerous body language (and common sense) red flags in this video. When behavior is "Out of Context" for a given scenario, it's always a warning sign. Some of these behaviors are obvious and some are more subtle, but the ramifications are all quite serious.

1. Walking away from a police officer when commands are being given:
    This is, of course, always highly suspicious behavior

2. The nonchalance, casualness, and bounce of the suspect's gait/walking pattern:
    Highly out-of-context behavior when confronted by Law Enforcement

3. Persisting in talking on the phone (or faking a call) while being given commands by an officer:
    Classic decoy/camouflage/misdirection behavior 

4. Only turning his head and neck - and then only partially, with his back to the officer - 
    when being threatened with tasing:
    More non-disclosing, clandestine implying, and non-acquiescing behavior -
    All highly out-of-context

5. Right hand in his pocket:
    Yes, it may be cold, and there could be a benign reason for it, however, this is a warning sign
    any cop, street-wise adult, or even child knows - and it's particularly suspect when a command
    is being given to "Get Your Hands Out of Your Pockets" by an officer

6. Index finger of the opposite hand extended (whether talking on a phone or pretending to):

    If this particular signal was not present, then, of course, all of the above behaviors would 
    easily carry sufficient threat assessment weight which should have indicated to the officer
    that the suspect was very probably armed.

   Yet, it's a profound nonverbal sign which very much adds nonverbal evaluation ...

    This extended index finger signal (with or without a feigned or real phone call) is one,
    which, even if you're a cop, that you probably missed. An index finger extended in this setting
    carries a lot of meaning. It's a high alpha, high adrenaline, dominance display - when, in this
    particular context, the vast majority of people would normally be feeling very beta.
  
    It's also a nonverbal gun metaphor - to have one's index finger (forefinger) extended 
    with the other fingers contracted. At times, he was even pointing this "body language gun"
    symbol toward the officer prior to the literal gun was exposed.

    His left index finger is in a high adrenaline state because his right index finger was also in a 
    high adrenaline state (preparing to pull the trigger). One hand will mirror the other hand -
    especially in moments which are far from emotional baseline.

 
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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4024: Donald Trump Threatens "Fire and Fury" to North Korea

Body Language Analysis No. 4022: Jessica Alba's Rules for Naming Her Baby

Body Language Analysis No. 4020: Bruce Willis and the "Death Wish" Remake

Body Language Analysis No. 4012: Anthony Scaramucci's and Reince Priebus' First (and Last) Photo in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4000: GarbiƱe Muguruza, Wimbledon, and Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 3982: Bangkok Police Officer's De-Escalation Genius

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3922: Vladimir Putin and Michael Flynn in Moscow


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





During her recent guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, Aubrey Plaza displayed some classic (albeit rarely recognized) nonverbal behavior.

She was there promoting her most recent film, Ingrid Goes West - a movie in which she both acted and produced.

During 4:46 in the above video, just before the camera cut to the teaser segment, note that Ms. Plaza displays the following nonverbal cluster:
  • Inward Lip Roll (partial)
  • Thumb Twiddling
  • Knee Pulling/Hamstring Dissonance
An inward lip roll (ILR) is a subconscious effort to suppress further facial displays of outwardly manifested emotions as well as squelching the growth of inward feelings.

Thumb Twiddling is a common, nonspecific, anxiety indicator.

The display of "Knee Pulling" or its synonym implies, "Hamstring Dissonance" is a signal of conflicting emotions. It's as if to say, "I'm excited, but I'm nervous" - or "I want to show you, but don't want to show you". This is a very telling behavior, as it betrays conflicting emotions which are usually not indicated verbally.

Summary: Despite the fact that Ms. Plaza is a very accomplished actor, when "Aubrey is just being Aubrey", she's not nearly so skilled at projecting desired emotions - and her body language - in context.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement

Body Language Analysis No. 4023: Mike Pence, The 2020 Presidential Race, and Anger

Body Language Analysis No. 4021: Stephen Miller and Jim Acosta confrontation 

Body Language Analysis No. 4019: John Kelly and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4003: Donald Trump, "Let Obamacare Fail"

Body Language Analysis 3988: Kim Jong-un, ICBMs, False Joy, and Fake Laughter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3802: Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey and UFC 207 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3771: Tom Hanks Reenacts Iconic Forrest Gump Scene

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3558: Jack Whitehall, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Lawrence and Body Language



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