Thursday, September 21, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4070: President Trump Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





On Thursday 21 September, in an effort to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons development, President Trump announced new sanctions which "significantly expands" the United States' "authority to target individual companies and financial institutions that facilitate trade with North Korea."

North Korea's Foreign Minister - Ri Yong Ho, retaliated with a threat to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

On Friday, 22 September, Kim Jong-un released a statement, wherein, among other things, he called President Trump a, "Dotard", saying, "He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician" - as well as, "A frightened dog barks louder."

What follows is an analysis of President Trump's nonverbal display at the very end of his statement.


PRESIDENT TRUMP (continuing at 11:11 in the above video): So, thank you all very much for being here. We appreciate it. We'll see ya [sic] later. Thank you.

JOURNALIST: Is dialog still possible with North Korea? Is dialog still possible?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Why not? - Why Not?



























As soon as he finishes his statement, he turns off his microphone (11:15). This of course signals, among other things, that Donald Trump does not want to answer questions from the press.




























President Trump then immediately crosses his arms. However, all arm crossing is not the same. You'll notice here that the President's hands are hidden beneath his arms. This signals defensiveness, insecurity, and a lower confidence level.

At this moment he also looks briefly down and to his right - a quadrant of gaze associated with sadness, grief, low confidence/insecurity, and low emotional comfort.

It's quite unusual to see a head-of-state in this configuration - and it's exceeding rare to see this behavior displayed by a leader of this level during a public statement/press conference/debate, etc.



























This facial expression (seen during 11:18) of a "Pseudo-Pout" with his lips protruding forward, in a concave-down fashion - along with a clenching of his jaw and chin-dimpling is indicative of "Feigned Consideration". And when coupled with his arm configuration - these two words might as well be tattooed on his forehead.


























The President then displays a sequence of Contempt  followed by Disgust. This image (captured during 11:21) is primarily Contempt (note the facial asymmetry particularly his mouth along with his contracted left mid-facial region).

The left eyebrow raising, in this context, adds the additional emotion of sarcastic incredulity.


























During 11:22, he then blinks and looks to his left (amplifying his emotional display) as his face morphs into a symmetrical Disgust expression.


























Now backtrack back to 11:17 - at the initial stages of his Pseudo-pout. Notice the facial asymmetry present in this moment. This is contempt masked as False Consideration. Often a person will exaggerate an expression (in this case, as noted earlier - the concave-down protruding lips, the jaw clenching, and chin dimpling) in the psyche's attempt to camouflage the true emotion (in this example, contempt).


Summary: President Trump displays both contempt and disgust at the end of this statement. He also projects low confidence and emotional insecurity. At this time the President feels there is no hope of dialog with North Korea.

Kim Jong-un's statement, made in the first-person (the first time he's ever done so), is particularly alarming. This suggests an inflamed ego and a higher emotional component to the North Korean's decision-making.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4069: Donald Trump's United Nations Speech, Part II - regarding the "Iran Deal"

Body Language Analysis No. 4067: 2017 Emmys - Melissa McCarthy's Reaction to Sean Spicer Doing Melissa McCarthy Doing Sean Spicer

Body Language Analysis No. 4064: The Murder of Laci Peterson - Part II - A Red Flag Conspicuous by its Absence

Body Language Analysis No. 4062: President Donald Trump meets with Senator Tim Scott

Body Language Analysis No. 4035: Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and Phone Tells

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

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3873: Brie Larson's Eyes, The Bachelor, and the Edge of Consciousness


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4069: Donald Trump's United Nations Speech, Part II - regarding the "Iran Deal" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Subjectivity and objectivity each have their place. Any honest person, interested in fairness, improvement, and problem-solving should always value and seek the opinions, expertise, and experience of others. We also desire, often far too zealously, to impress upon others our own ideas.

All careful observers of human behavior will note that what is claimed objectivity - is frequently feigned. There are certain words which signal such conflicting and hidden motives. And, intriguingly, these words are very often coupled with specific nonverbal behavior. What follows is one example of this phenomenon from Donald Trump's United Nations speech yesterday.

In the above video, beginning at 18:54, President Trump continues, "The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions - the United States has ever - entered into. Frankly Ω - that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it - believe me."

The word "Frankly" is defined as, "in an open, honest, and direct manner". And yet, any astute teenager will tell you, it's one of those words which is rarely used as Websters intended. Its undertone is both hyperbolic and sarcastic. Said another way, it's a highly subjective word that pretends to be objective.

From a nonverbal perspective, a very high percentage of the time, when the word "Frankly" is spoken, it's almost always accompanied by a display of disgust and/or contempt.

During 19:03, as he finishes saying the word, "...  Frankly ..." and immediately afterward (notated by Ω), Donald Trump displays a brief facial expression (a near-microexpression) indicative of disgust. Look at his mid-facial region. The area above his upper lip and below his nose is tightened and his nostrils are mild-moderately flared. His partial eyelid closure is also another common component of disgust.



























Summary: Donald Trump does NOT believe that the "Iran Deal" (Iran nuclear deal framework) entered into in 2015 by the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 countries "was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions - the United States has ever - entered into".

Be cautious regarding any word or phrase which professes to be objective - indeed it's often the polar opposite. Careful observation will frequently show coexisting nonverbal behavior which will act as a red flag - signaling the person's true yet clandestine beliefs.

One more thing - there's absolutely no way any speech writer would ever use the word "Frankly" in a presidential speech. This was but one of Donald Trump's multiple and impromptu additions.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4068: Donald Trump's UN Speech - Nikki Haley's Reaction to The President's Threat to "Totally Destroy North Korea"

Body Language Analysis No. 4065: The Murder of Laci Peterson - Scott Peterson's Red Flag

Body Language Analysis No. 4063: The Murder of Laci and Connor Peterson - Scott Peterson's tell

Body Language Analysis No. 4055: What Does Jessica Chastain Feel For Matt Damon?

Body Language Analysis No. 4046: Melania Trump, Hurricane Harvey, and "Destroying Empathy 101"

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

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3809: Horse Lays His Head On Coffin As He Mourns The Loss Of His Human Best Friend - Cross-Species Body Language & Emotional Intelligence


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4068: Donald Trump's UN Speech - Nikki Haley's Reaction to The President's Threat to "Totally Destroy North Korea" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Earlier today, President Trump gave his first address to the United Nations. There were many moments during his speech to the General Assembly which drew attention. One, in particular, is highlighted here.

Beginning at 1:33 in the video segment included above, President Trump continues, "No nation, on Earth, has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience - but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally, destroy, North Korea Ω Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself - and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able - but hopefully this will not be necessary. That's what the Unat'd [sic] Nations - is all about. That's what the United Nations is for. Let's see how they do."

During 1:55 -1:56, just after Donald Trump says, "... we will have no choice but to totally, destroy, North Korea..." and just before he says, "... Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself - and for his regime..." (notated in the above paragraph by the Ω symbol), the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, aligns her gaze centrally, fixating at mid-distance, blinks, and then displays a microexpression. This particular nonverbal display shows an evanescent and distinctive raising and lowering of both her eyebrows.

The camera is focused at some distance, and it's easier to see this movement on her right side due to the angle of the camera, but there is no doubt of this microexpression. Please watch this video at regular and 1/2 speed to appreciate this dynamic, as it's unable to be expressed in a still image.

Summary: Ambassador Haley was surprised to hear President Trump's words, "we will have no choice but to totally, destroy, North Korea" - and is thus consistent with some speculations that President Trump either went "off-script" - or the language of the speech was changed without Ambassador Haley's knowledge.





























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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4067: 2017 Emmys - Melissa McCarthy's Reaction to Sean Spicer Doing Melissa McCarthy Doing Sean Spicer

Body Language Analysis No. 4064: The Murder of Laci Peterson - Part II - A Red Flag Conspicuous by its Absence

Body Language Analysis No. 4062: President Donald Trump meets with Senator Tim Scott

Body Language Analysis No. 4057: Steve Bannon's "60 Minutes" Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4051: Predicting Kim Jong-un's Behavior

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4014: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Donald Trump, and Healthcare

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

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


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4067: 2017 Emmys - Melissa McCarthy's Reaction to Sean Spicer Doing Melissa McCarthy Doing Sean Spicer - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




It must have been an odd feeling for Melissa McCarthy last night at the Emmys. But as she was watching Sean Spicer portray herself portraying Sean Spicer - what was she thinking? What was she feeling?

























Melissa McCarthy is a skilled actor - and in this first moment she was trying to force smile - however, her true emotions in this moment were anger mixed with contempt. Notice her chin dimpling - this is a result from her chin thrusting forward - which is secondary to adrenaline from anger. Her thinned (narrowed) upper lip is also indicative of anger.

Sincere suppressed laughter or smiling would have revealed a retracted jaw and/or an "Inward Lip Roll".

Notice too, the area  above her lip and below her nose - it's tightened and in an asymmetrical fashion and elevated - more so on her right. This is a contempt display - albeit somewhat well-masked.

The fact that Melissa McCarthy had a relatively mild surprise display in this first frame (her forehead is contracted, her eyebrows and upper eyelids are elevated) indicates either any surprise had significantly diminished before the camera found her (true surprise is very short-lived, only lasting a second or two) - or she may possibly have had some foreknowledge of this skit.


























This nose touch, with her downward head tilt, in this context, indicates Ms. McCarthy's internal dialog is saying something similar to, "WTF!? I can't believe Sean Spicer is *ACTUALLY* doing this!"


























Melissa McCarthy's chin-touching with her still tightened mid-face tells us, that along with disgust, she's critically evaluating Spicer - and/or Stephen Colbert, or others who may have written this skit.


Summary: Melissa McCarthy was not impressed with Sean Spicer's short skit during the 2017 Emmys. She displayed anger, contempt, and critical evaluation in these very brief views of her reaction.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4065: The Murder of Laci Peterson - Scott Peterson's Red Flag

Body Language Analysis No. 4063: The Murder of Laci and Connor Peterson - Scott Peterson's Tells

Body Language Analysis No. 4061: Pennywise,"IT", and Bill Skarsgård's Demonic Smile - Why is IT so Scary?

Body Language Analysis No. 4057: Steve Bannon's "60 Minutes" Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4049: The Arrest of University Hospital Nurse Alex Wubbels

Body Language Analysis No. 4037: Charlottesville Protester Quits Boston University after Death Threats

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3811: Hayden Panettiere, Stephen Colbert and Personal Space


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Body Language Analysis No. 4065: The Murder of Laci Peterson - Scott Peterson's Red Flag - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



























This is an image of Scott Peterson - who was convicted of murdering his wife, Laci Peterson and his unborn son, Connor. It was taken from a video (during 9:11 in the video included below) captured during the early stages of the search for Laci. From a body language perspective, this image contains a profoundly valuable tell - so much so, that had we been there, or seen this video on the evening news - we would have immediately, and with very high confidence, made him the prime suspect.

Notice Scott Peterson's right arm. We can see from this camera angle that his upper arm (humerus) is parallel with the ground. This is extremely significant.

























Note also the angle his upper arm makes with his torso. Imagine, for a moment, we were viewing Peterson from directly above. The angle his arm makes with his torso - is approximately 70° (with 0° being straight ahead and 90° oriented directly laterally). This angle is also critical.

When talking on a phone, the vast majority of people, the vast majority of the time - will position their "phone holding-arm" close to their torso, with the elbow pointed down toward the floor/ground.  

However occasionally, when any of us hears good news - or when we assume an alpha/hyper-alpha role (e.g., reprimanding a subordinate) - scenarios which are both temporarily high adrenaline states - we will configure our arm in a manner similar to Mr. Peterson.

Yet there are some individuals who will talk on their phone a high percentage of the time with their "arm-holding phone" held in this same manner. When performed frequently, this behavior has a very high correlation with Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Impulse Control Disorder.

Moreover, men who display this phone behavior will also have a higher likelihood of inflicting abuse on their partners.

This association is even higher when the room is relatively small, relatively crowded, or when standing close to another person.

Summary: Scott Peterson's phone behavior, in the midst of actively conducting a search for his recently missing wife, indicates a high alpha emotional tone which is extremely out of context. This is a polar opposite display from a husband who normally we would expect to be worried, panicking, distraught, grieving, etc. Even a husband who is hopeful and "level-headed" would not be exhibiting this crucial nonverbal tell.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4064: The Murder of Laci Peterson - Part II - A Red Flag Conspicuous by its Absence

Body Language Analysis No. 4062: President Donald Trump meets with Senator Tim Scott

Body Language Analysis No. 4060: Ted Cruz's Default Facial Expression

Body Language Analysis No. 4058: Cara Mund - Miss America 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4048: Lady Di - Ambassador of Empathy

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4016: Anthony Scaramucci - Faux Pas and Harbingers

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

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


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4064: The Murder of Laci Peterson - Part II - A Red Flag Conspicuous by its Absence - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




This is the second consecutive article regarding the Murder of Laci Peterson on this website. It has been almost 15 years since she and Connor (her unborn son) were killed. Scott Peterson - Laci's husband and Connor's father - was convicted of these crimes in November 2004.

What follows is a very telling signal described by Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha.

SHARON ROCHA (beginning at 7:43 in the above video): "I remember, the last time I saw Laci. She and I were sitting side-by-side. Scott was sitting on the floor. And we were watching TV and she said, 'The baby was kicking'. So I put my hand on her stomach because I never felt him - kick. She leaned over to me and she said, 'Mom', she said, 'Mom, Scott doesn't like to do this.' She said, 'I've asked to - you know, feel my stomach when - ahum, when the baby kicks and he never wants to touch my stomach'. 

That really, really bothered me. And that was the last time I saw her."





Scott Peterson's behavior pattern of not touching and/or not wanting to touch his wife's stomach is profound. This is almost unbelievable distancing behavior and signals an enormous lack of affection for his unborn child and a diminishing affection for Laci.

Obviously, we have the advantage of knowing the unfortunate course of events. Yet, if you could travel back in time and speak with Laci Peterson (or if you ever come across a similar scenario), you would tell her that this specific lack of touching of her abdomen and/or Scott Peterson's lack of desire to feel his baby moving - are both dramatic signals of "affection drop-off". These tremendous red flags - tell us that (at best) Scott was actively in the midst of an affair - and he was already was planning on abandoning Laci and Connor. Moreover, this astounding lack of affection for both his wife and son were dramatic warning signs indicating the increased likelihood that they were both in danger.













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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4063: The Murder of Laci and Connor Peterson - Scott Peterson 

Body Language Analysis No. 4061: Pennywise,"IT", and Bill Skarsgård's Demonic Smile - Why is IT so Scary?

Body Language Analysis No. 4059: Steve Bannon Interview - Part II - "60 Minutes"

Body Language Analysis No. 4057: Steve Bannon's "60 Minutes" Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4050: Lady Di - Alpha vs Alpha-Beta Hybrids 

Body Language Analysis No. 4045: Rex Tillerson Regarding Donald Trump, "The President Speaks for Himself" 

Body Language Analysis No. 4009: Donald Trump regarding Jeff Sessions - "Time Will Tell"

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3873: Brie Larson's Eyes, The Bachelor, and the Edge of Consciousness


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4063: The Murder of Laci and Connor Peterson - Scott Peterson - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





It's been almost 15 years since the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Connor. On 14 September 2017, ABC aired a program reviewing her murder and the ensuing investigation - a segment of which is included in the video above.

Scott Peterson (Laci's husband, Conner's father, and the killer) displayed a myriad of very telling nonverbal signals. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

SCOTT PETERSON (beginning at 5:58): There is a lot of questions on why I have not been in the media. Media will put, I believe, emotional stuff out there for a couple days - and then the story would get dropped for something else. It was our thoughts, that if - 'f I was to hold back from the media, the media would continue to come because, frankly, cameras, reporters want something they Ω they can't get right away. So this was our way of keeping the media coming back for us. 

and 

DIANNE SAWYER (beginning at 6:37): So many people said, 'Christmas Eve, you have a very pregnant wife * and you decide to go fishing?'  

SCOTT PETERSON (beginning at 6:43): My day was open to - um - y'know - play golf or go fishing. I chose fishing that day, which was - you know, ahum, choice I made, and I, obviously regret now. You know if I could - § and this would not have happened. 


 


























During 6:23, just after Scott Peterson says, "... because, frankly, cameras, reporters they want something they - but immediately before says, they can't get right away ...", Scott Peterson displays a partial (suppressed) mouth smile (notated with Ω).




























During 6:42, just after Diane Sawyer says, "So many people said, 'Christmas Eve, you have a very pregnant wife" and just before she completes her sentence with, 'and you decide to go fishing?' " - Scott Peterson displays a quite subtle, but very telling microexpression (notated by *). Again this is a mouth smile out of context. Watch this portion at regular-speed and at half-speed several times as the still images don't capture the dynamic motion of this nonverbal signal.



























During 7:01 - 7:02, just after he says, "You know if I could - just decided to stay home" and just before he says, "and this would not have happened" - Scott Peterson again displays a partial mouth smile (notated with §).

Smiling out of context (and importantly these are suppressed smiles) should always throw up red flags. Of course, the cause may very well be something innocuous - such a gaffe in church or with an impending practical joke - but it is always a signal there is some emotion being withheld. Nowhere is this nonverbal axiom truer than during a discussion regarding the disappearance and/or murder of one's spouse.

Suppressed smiling and/or subtle smiling out of context are forms of "Duping Delight". This phenomenon occurs when a person takes sincere pleasure in the belief that they are successfully deceiving someone. Of course, you may very well not agree with their actions, motives, or feelings - but of course, it's their emotions and perceptions controlling their nonverbal behavior.

Learning to spot subtle smiles, suppressed smiles, microexpression smiles, and smiling out of context will save you time, money, hassle - and maybe even your life. While these behaviors are certainly not always nefarious, sincere emotions are being experienced - and yet they're being squelched. And there are times you should always endeavor to learn the reason.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4062: Donald Trump meets with Tim Scott

Body Language Analysis No. 4060: Ted Cruz's Default Facial Expression

Body Language Analysis No. 4058: Cara Mund, Miss America 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4056: Ed Sheeran and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Body Language Analysis No. 4052: Hitler's Cryptorchidism and Emotional Dissonance

Body Language Analysis No. 4047: Joel Osteen, Houston, and Hurricane Harvey

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4014: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Donald Trump, and Healthcare

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


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4062: Donald Trump meets with Tim Scott - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)
























On Wednesday, President Donald Trump met with Senator Tim Scott in an apparent effort to gain some understanding and much needed political ground from what has been, thus far, the low point of his presidency - the equating of violent white supremacists and neo-Nazis protestors in Charlottesville last month with counter-protesters.

After the meeting, The White House made the double faux pas of calling the Republican Senator from South Carolina "Tom Scott".

Today, the President once again suggested a moral equivalency between the two viewpoints.

On Air Force One, when asked about his meeting with Senator Scott, President Trump said, "I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what's going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that's what I said. Now, because of what's happened since then with Antifa - you look at really what's happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying and people have actually written, 'Gee, Trump might have a point.' I said, 'You've got some very bad people on the other side also,' which is true."

In the image their meeting (above), several things should immediately jump out at you.

1. Donald Trump's "Low Steeple" (more specifically, a "Low Conventional Steeple"):

President Trump has a longstanding habit of configuring his hands in a low conventional steeple (as he is doing here). This body language display is historically virtually nonexistent in any US president - and there's a good reason for this. When used only in very small doses (for literally half a second) it's an alpha, assertive, and dominant gesture (illustrator). However when over-used (which requires little frequency or duration) it rapidly becomes hyper-alpha, over-bearing, and aggressive. It's over-kill multiplied by a thousand. This is particularly true when you're president - because everyone already knows who you are, your power, your influence, etc.

Yet this is one of Trump's defaults positions. He constantly does this 90+% of the time when he's sitting. For him, it's "normal" (a statistical definition, but not a recommended or relationship-healthy body language). Therefore, in this moment, President Trump's low conventional steeple is not out of context.

2. Donald Trump's legs are crossed:

The President almost never crosses his legs. It's very rare for him. Importantly, his left leg is crossed over his right leg in a "European Style" - toward Senator Scott. This is a relatively relaxed position - especially for Donald Trump. It also demonstrates an attempt at engagement, respect, and recognition which is rare for Trump.

Note that Scott is not mirroring Trump's leg point. Scott's legs are crossed in the opposite direction. Moreover, he's crossing his legs in a manner halfway between the European style and an American "Figure 4". This is both a relatively uncomfortable position - as well as demonstrating his dislike and poor rapport for this President.

3. The President's Torso is Turned toward Senator Scott:

Trump's torso turning is engendered by his leg crossing (while Scott's manner of crossing works against it). This also shows relative engagement and respect. Senator Scott's psyche is not letting him do the same.

4. Head Turning:

Both men have their head turned toward each other - but Trump a bit more so. This is not surprising given the position of The President's torso and legs.

5. Eye Contact:

At the moment of this photo - both men have eye contact. Again, this is relatively rare for The President. Good eye contact skill is the single most important component of building rapport. Of course, eye contact is not simply a manner of "looking" - it's a dance, it's improvisational, and a tree with many branches.

6. The President's Clothes Don't Match

Much has been made of the President's suit jacket and pant's not matching. Many of us have done something like this on occasion. Yet it's profoundly hard to believe this wasn't caught before he entered the West Wing - let alone prior to appearing on camera.

Summary:

As with all body language, a simple image is but one moment in time and may lead us astray in our interpretation of the emotional dynamics. A video of the entire event, would, of course, yield much more accuracy. Having said that, President Trump's nonverbal displays in this photo appear to indicate he was quite relaxed during this meeting. However, Senator Scott's non-engaging nonverbal behavior suggests it's possible/probable that this image may have been "cherry picked" and not representative of the meeting's emotional Gestalt.

The President's considerably relaxed and engaging body language may have been more reflective of his emotional state in anticipating his upcoming meeting (later the same day) and a possible agreement with Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi regarding DACA or possible new DACA-related legislation.

The President's non-matching of his clothes speaks as much or more as to the emotional state of the West Wing's staff. The further we are from emotional baseline, the less observant we become. This phenomenon is often profound. When you think of the many people who saw the President prior to this meeting, it makes one question their collective situational awareness and willingness to speak truth to power.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4061: Pennywise,"IT", and Bill Skarsgård's Demonic Smile - Why is IT so Scary?

Body Language Analysis No. 4059: Steve Bannon Interview - Part II - "60 Minutes"

Body Language Analysis No. 4057: Steve Bannon's "60 Minutes" Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4051: Predicting Kim Jong-un's Behavior

Body Language Analysis No. 4041: Former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding Secrets from Donald Trump

Body Language Analysis No. 4015: Reince Priebus' First Post-Resignation Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 3989: Peter Sagan Regarding his Disqualification from the Tour de France and Mark Cavendish's Crash

Body Language Analysis No. 3980: Mitch McConnell Delays Health Care Bill Vote

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


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Body Language Analysis No. 4061: Pennywise,"IT", and Bill Skarsgård's Demonic Smile - Why is IT so Scary? - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

 



During his recent guest appearance Conan, Bill Skarsgård - made a particularly creepy face for his host. Mr. Skarsgård plays "Pennywise" in the recently released adaptation of IT - a film based on Stephen King's 1986 novel.



























But why is his face so frightening? While he does have an unusual ability to protrude his lower lip, this is not the freakiest part of his face.

What you probably first noticed are his eyes. Human beings are the only primates with white sclera on the front surface of their eyes. This gives us a heightened ability to accurately gauge how widely opened are other peoples' eyes. Skarsgård's upper eyelids (and to a lesser degree his lower eyelids) are opened much wider than baseline. You don't have to be an ophthalmologist to notice this either - you truly feel it. More specifically - you feel it in your Amygdala.

First, your eyes see his eyes - and send signals to two areas of your brain - your amygdala (which is the brain's fear center) and the visual cortex (the brain's primary and higher-order area of sight processing). You're wired this way so that you don't have to intellectualize everything you see. If something is dangerous, the amygdala (usually) overrides the visual cortex. One take-home point with this anatomy lesson is to never ignore any feelings of fear. Just feel and react. If you think too much - it often will be too late.

Widely opened eyelids will also have a dramatically reduced frequency of blinking. Again, you don't have to count someone's blinks - you just feel it. This also sets off our internal alarm bells, as diminished blinking signals a high adrenaline surge. Those individuals with such high hormonal bursts, with great predictability - are dangerous. So without even thinking about it, we avoid people who don't blink as often as they should.

Another feature on Skarsgård's face which elevates our fear level is his relaxed forehead. At first this may seem ironic, however, when the eyelids are opened wide, the vast majority of times, both the forehead and the eyebrows also move upward. But not in this case - the actor's forehead is relaxed. Our brain senses this out-of-context pattern - which adds an extra creepiness factor.

Now look at his mouth - it's pulled primarily laterally, and only slightly upward. With sincere smiles, the corners of the mouth have a definite upward vectoring while contracting the cheek muscles. And even if his lower lip were not protruding outward, his mouth projects a peculiarly feigned feeling.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4060: Ted Cruz's Default Facial Expression

Body Language Analysis No. 4058: Cara Mund, Miss America 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4056: Ed Sheeran and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Body Language Analysis No. 4054: Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4048: Lady Di - Ambassador of Empathy

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4001: Jodie Whittaker, Dr. Who, and Flirting from a TARDIS

Body Language Analysis No. 3965: Manspreading, Madrid, and a Business Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3872: "Fearless Girl" Statue in Manhattan's Financial District


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4060: Ted Cruz's Default Facial Expression - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)



















 


There are people who, rather than maintaining relatively neutral faces - default to a few expressions which they nearly constantly "wear". These are very literally "physiologic masks". Ted Cruz is one of these people.

The image above shows the Texas Senator with his most common facial default.

The three key components of Cruz's expression are:

1. Elevated Central Forehead Contraction (Elevated-CFC)
2. Elevated Inner (medial) Eyebrows
3. Partial Mouth "Smile" (an insincere smile)

It's important to stress that his mouth is configured in an insincere smile and, as it is here - nearly always suppressed.

Of course, we all make this expression occasionally when we're feeling:

1. Arrogant
2. Contempt
3. Smug Disbelief

All three of these emotions may also be manifested by other facial expressions. It's also crucial to remember that we're all allowed to feel arrogant, contemptuous, or smug incredulity - after all, we're human (But hopefully we don't feel these too often).

While ninety-six percent of us make this expression once in a while, four percent of the population displays this expression quite often.

Other than the fact we don't like others to project arrogance, contempt, or disbelief in our direction - there's another reason we are repulsed by this expression: for most of the time when the central forehead and inner eyebrows are elevated - the mouth is configured in a painful or saddened manner. But when we see a bit of a smile with an elevated central forehead - it sends out red flags. It doesn't feel right. It's alienating. But not everyone catches this warning sign.

Summary: The frequent display of this expression (elevated central forehead contraction, elevated inner eyebrows, with a partial mouth smile) is, among other things, an extremely reliable signal for chronic insincerity.


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 See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4059: Steve Bannon Interview - Part II - "60 Minutes"

Body Language Analysis No. 4057: Steve Bannon's "60 Minutes" Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4055: What Does Jessica Chastain Feel For Matt Damon?

Body Language Analysis No. 4053: Donald Trump Regarding DACA - "I Have a Love for These People"

Body Language Analysis No. 4049: The Arrest of University Hospital Nurse Alex Wubbels

Body Language Analysis No. 4047: Joel Osteen, Houston, and Hurricane Harvey

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

Body Language Analysis No. 3994: Vladimir Putin at G20 - Donald Trump agreed with me

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


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