Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3461: Cam Newton Walks Out of Super Bowl 50 Post Game Press Conference - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Cam Newton has received a lot of criticism regarding the way he handled the Super Bowl 50 post game press conferences. The purpose of this article is not to criticize or explain this act further (yes, many are holding Newton to different standards than others and yes, the room was crowded and he could hear members of Denver's defense speaking), but to evaluate some of the key moments of this video from a nonverbal perspective. What follows is a partial analysis.


0:49

Partially closed upper lids

Head tilted down

Subtle mid-face contempt (his right side)

The head tilt and the partially closed upper eyelids both as contempt amplifiers.


1:01

Contempt is blatant














1:04

Clenched Jaw

Tight Forward lip purse

Lower lid tension

These comprise a nonverbal cluster highly indicative of Anger






1:11

Primary emotion in this second is Bitter Regret (note vectoring of mouth corners laterally) with dimpling

There is a lesser component of anger in this moment (thinning of lips)




1:35

Jaw Confessional

Quick Lateral Movement of Jaw

Just prior to Cam Newton saying, "I mean, we had our opportunities ..."






Highly indicative of embarrassment-anxiety as well as indicates honesty-sincerity.



1:38

Tongue Jut

Just before Newton says, "It wasn't nothing special that I did. We dropped balls, we turned the ball over ..."

The tongue jut indicates, "I've been bad" or "I messed up"






1:46

Regret after he says, "Threw errant passes"


















2:27

Regret and Contempt

Just prior to the Quarterback walks out of the press conference











There's one other component to Cam Newton's body language which is profoundly important to take into account. Although the wearing of a hooded sweat shirt or "hoodie" has, particularly the last 2-3 years, been assigned by some people to speak with racial overtones, that is not now, has never and will never be the case here. Without a doubt in this context, Newton's wearing of his hood during this appearance speaks volumes about his reluctance to talk and not wanting to be there. Outside of certain ethnic, religious and cultural settings (which are never to be ignored), the covering of one's face (whether conscious or subconscious with hands or with some surrogate) has very real nonverbal meanings. In this scenario, Newton's hoodie acts as an extension of his body and to some degree a mask. If, prior to his speaking at this conference, he had considered it - and then decided to not wear his hood, he would have spoke with more openness, fluidity, with less anger or contempt and certainly would have built more rapport.

This press conference was horrendous PR for the Carolina Panthers and appalling PR for Cam Newton. Indeed it's a symptom of poor crisis management. Having superior nonverbal skills is just one component of handling yourself in such a scenario - yet it's extremely an important one. Body language management is nearly always handled via a "wing-it" or "learn as you go" approach - which are mammoth psychological mistakes and awful strategies. 

Those who use nonverbal skills deftly, can (among other things) use it as a form of biofeedback and use it as a tool to help control their mood. This is not only very helpful for those with impulse control disorders, depression, etc. - but for everyone, even those who otherwise have good emotional intelligence and social skills.

Manage your brand. Control the room.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3460: Eli Manning Reacts to Bronco's Superbowl Touchdown

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3457: Chelsea Clinton refers to Bernie Sanders as "President Sanders" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3453: Marco Rubio's Hyper-Alpha, Backfiring Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3443: Donald Trump - "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and Shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any Voters!" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3438: Hillary Clinton, What's Your Relationship with Vladimir Putin? - Democratic Debates 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3428: Jenna Dewan Tatum performs Ginuwine's "Pony" - Lip Sync Battle 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3410: Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Hillary Clinton for Data Breach at Democratic Debate - Body Language Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3420: Bill Cosby's Mug Shot

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3460: Eli Manning Reacts to Bronco's Superbowl Touchdown - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





The Vine video shown above has gone viral - and it's no wonder. Eli Manning is shown here the moment as C.J. Anderson scores a touchdown with just over three minutes to go in the forth quarter - all but guaranteeing the Denver Broncos a Super Bowl 50 victory. It would also give his brother Peyton Manning a second Super Bowl ring.

The caption on the video reads, "Eli Manning is SO EXCITED for his brother, Peyton." However in its sarcasm, this description dramatically misses the mark - for "Non-excitement" is definitely not what Eli Manning is feeling.


Although not fully manifested, this is a classic expression of fear.

Eli's Eyelids (particularly on his right) is opened wider than baseline. Note also the unmistakable expression of the "Mouth of Fear" as the corners of Manning's mouth are pulled back and down.






This is a classic "Thousand Yard Stare" of a person in emotional shock - who's processing negative information quicker than his emotional brain can handle.










Here Eli is displaying subtle-to-mild level of contempt. This is more easily seen when viewed in the context of the video looping.

It's very likely however that his contempt is not directed at his bother as it has been suggested.



Eli Manning has a high sincerity quotient. Moreover he also has high empathy displayed in the many hours of video available for anyone to watch. So what is behind this moment? Many have made this into a sibling rivalry issue - and perhaps it is. Yet Eli's fear, sudden shock and contempt - may have an explanation in the expression of a man who has just lost a lot of money (e.g., self-contempt). The suddenness of this display and out-of-character nature of these emotions are particularly striking.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3459: Miscues on the Introductions to New Hampshire Republican Debate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2988: How did John Elway feel about Peyton Manning's Touchdown Record?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2690: Peyton Manning Explains the Meaning of "Omaha" Call  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3224: Jordan Spieth, the U.S. Open, and a Classic Fear Expression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3399: Donald Trump, a Bald Eagle and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1752: Wearing Red and Sexual Attraction - What are You Marketing?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3077: Caroline Wozniacki & Rory McIlroy - One Reason Why Relationships Fail - and an Important Warning Sign


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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3459: Miscues on the Introductions to New Hampshire Republican Debate - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






As with all debates, there were literally thousands, if not tens of thousands of body language moments during Saturday night's Republican debate in Manchester - just three days before the 2016 Primary in New Hampshire.

Below are but four body language moments which occurred during the introduction. Apparently the applause was so loud, that several of the candidates didn't hear their names being called. Ben Carson was the first to make this mistake.


While waiting, Ben Carson made the profound mistake of standing in a configuration that no Presidential Candidate should ever do during a debate (or indeed anywhere with the rare exception of a religious ceremony, meeting a major religious figure, a wedding, a funeral, while at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, etc.).

As seen in this image, while waiting for his name to be called (and it already had been) - Dr. Carson is standing with his feet together while his hands are held in a fig-leaf variation. This stance carries with it an extremely beta emotional tone. Not only will this send signals of acquiescence to his opponents, but it also will down-regulate the all the alpha qualities of confidence, strength, assertiveness, etc., which are needed during a such a high level political debate (or any debate). It's impossible to believe any debate coach or body language expert ever recommended this behavior to the brain surgeon. The damage done by this nonverbal faux pas cannot be over-emphasized. There's simply no way a person who stands in this manner will ever win a high-level debate.


When Jeb Bush passes by Donald Trump, Bush of course, touches Trump's upper arm. Most of the candidates committed this or a very similar intimate space invasion - which in almost any other setting should be strongly discouraged - yet here it serves to help disturb their opponents and displace them from their emotional "game face" baseline.


Here the former Florida Governor displays a classic, Social Fear Face - which is nonverbally shouting, "I'm glad you guys screwed up and not me."

It's important to note that those who display this expression for others (even here, Bush for his own opponents) have higher empathy quotients.





After Bush passes him, Trump displays a classic contempt display with a component of regret.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3458: Marco Rubio and Donald Trump Shake Hands at Debate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3449: Natalie Portman's Hands 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2322: Jeb Bush & Matt Lauer - Which one is the Narcissist? Body Language Red Flags

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3434: Donald Trump and the Verbal vs. Nonverbal Disparity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3274: Chris Christie, Rand Paul, The Republican Debate and National Security

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3253: John Kasich Formally Announces His Candidacy for President

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3446: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Body Language

Dating & Romance Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1010: Rashida Jones - What Makes the Twinkle in Her Eye?

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3458: Marco Rubio and Donald Trump Shake Hands at Debate - Body Language (PHOTOS)





















The above image of Marco Rubio and Donald Trump shaking hands was captured during the recent Republican debate in North Charleston, South Carolina. The photo below was taken a fraction of a second earlier. Tonight the two republicans (along with Cruz, Bush, Kasich, Christie and Carson) are on a similar stage in New Hampshire - just three days prior to the 2016 Presidential primary there.

Politicians virtually always try to "out-alpha" each other when shaking hands. Note the Senator's right hand is on top of Trump's. Because Trump didn't fully turn toward Rubio - Trump's body configuration puts him at a natural disadvantage - allowing the other person's hand to be on top (the alpha position during a dominant handshake) as well as a weakened grip strength. This disadvantage is further amplified by Trump's near 90 degree twisting of his own right wrist - and is very beta.

Rubio also displays another very high-alpha handshake maneuver - by gripping Trump's right arm, just above his elbow with his left hand. Politicians perform this as a counter-move to dominate and subtly intimidate their opponents (Candidates often make the mistake of doing the same thing with those they meet on the campaign trail. In such a setting, they are committing a major faux pas of false intimacy by invading another person's intimate space. Corporate executives and other "leaders" often use the same nonverbals with their subordinates - and thus loose major rapport points by touching another person out-of-context. In each example, the "leaders" are completely unaware of their off-putting body language). It's very possible that in this particular example, Sen. Rubio is deliberately performing this left arm, elbow-gripping in an effort to prevent Mr. Trump from pulling his hand/arm (toward Trump's chest) - a hyper-dominant, intimidation handshake variation that this businessman has a history of doing

The primary motion expressed on Rubio's face is that of partially-suppressed disgust.

Trump, of course, then performs the expected counter-maneuver of placing part of his left hand on top of Rubio's right hand in and effort to increase his alpha tone in this moment. Yet Donald makes a mistake here too, by only using the distal ends of his fingers - rather than placing his whole hand on top of Rubio's. Then he could have further sandwiched Marco's hand between his - and turned up his alpha even more by grabbing Rubio's right wrist. By touching with only his fingers - Trump lost an opportunity and comes off as demure.

This of course, is a not a normal or common situation for shaking hands - as the vast majority of the time a greeting should be sincere. This handshake however, is heavy with insincerity.


























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3457: Chelsea Clinton refers to Bernie Sanders as "President Sanders"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3210: Matteo Renzi, Christine Lagarde, Barack Obama and Up-Regulating Alpha Emotions 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3227: Bobby Jindal's, "... I am tanned ..." remark - What does his Body Language tell us?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3330: Vladimir Putin on 60 Minutes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3363: Chris Christie's Viral Video - Why do even Democrats love it?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3267: Jeb Bush, Emotional Dissonance and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2829: Respect, Funerals, Memorials and Alpha vs. Beta

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2896: Hillary Clinton - Vladimir Putin Bears Some Responsibility for the Downing of Malaysia Air Flight MH17

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3457: Chelsea Clinton refers to Bernie Sanders as "President Sanders" - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Whom among us hasn't misspoke before - even with regard to very important issues? Most of us however, are not running for President or speaking directly on their behalf - particularly in such a public forum.

In the above video, while campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton mistakenly refers to Senator Sanders as "President Sanders". And while republicans or those supporting Bernie Sanders, may find her mistake humorous - in the context of this blog, the video of this recent incident is included as a real-world teaching example of body language.

Beginning at 0:29, Chelsea says, "... We also need to strip away the immunity that President Sanders  - [inaudible] - excuse me, that Senator Sanders, I hope not President Sanders [crowd laughing and jeering ], that Senator Sanders, that Senator Sanders voted for ..."


0:35 as she says, "... President Sanders ...", Chelsea's eyelids open in a "White and Wide" configuration - a  classic example of a nonverbal manifestation of fear.



A fraction of a second earlier (earlier during 0:35 as she said, "... I hope not ..."), we see Chelsea's eyebrows drawn downward and together along with a contraction and lowering of the central forehead muscles in a classic expression of critical evaluation.

Ms. Clinton's squirming/re-adjusting/sitting-up in her chair is a very telling body language signal - and not surprisingly, indicative of anxiety.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3456: Martin Shkreli Pleads the Fifth before Congress

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3454: Donald Trump - Buying the Farm after 2nd Place Finish in Iowa Caucuses

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3453: Marco Rubio's Hyper-Alpha, Backfiring Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3021: Barack Obama's Executive Action on Immigration - What the President's Body Language Said Before He Even Spoke

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3442: Jennifer Lawrence Scolds Journalist at Golden Globes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3255: Donald Trump and a Body Language Signal of Social Fear and Hesitancy 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2274: The Eyes & Mouth of Fear - Body Language of Ahmed Dogan during Attempted Assassination

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1106: Subtle Fear Display of al-Assad

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3446: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Body Language


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3456: Martin Shkreli Pleads the Fifth before Congress - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Martin Shkreli appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee today. The (recently) former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals is infamous for hiking the price of the antiparasitic drug, Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill (a 5,556% increase) after his company obtained the manufacturing license last summer. In December 2015, Mr. Shkreli was arrested by the FBI and charged with securities fraud. He has since been released on bail.

The hearing today was focused on efforts in controlling the prices of some medications. In addition to Turing Pharmaceuticals - another company, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, had also acquired the rights to older, established drugs and then suddenly increased their prices by vast amounts.

Today Mr. Shkreli repeatedly exercised his Fifth Amendment Constitutional right in an effort to avoid self-incrimination. The members of the committee were infuriated by Shkreli's behavior. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of some key moments of his appearance (for there are truly hundreds in this short video).


5:44

This is perhaps one of the best examples you'll ever see of a blend of both
Contempt along with an element of Duping Delight.








The emotion of contempt always involves the act of putting a person or group of persons below you.

Note that after his appearance today Shkreli tweeted, "Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government."

Moreover, Mr. Shkreli sincerely believes he will not be not suffering any punishment for what he's accused.


After Rep. Cummings says, "You can look away if you like ...", and Mr. Shkreli quickly looks back toward the Maryland Congressman (6:55). Note his upper eyelids are partially closed along with a elevation of his forehead and eyebrows.


This is a classic and pronounced contempt amplifier display along with a component of feigned aloofness.


7:00

Central Forehead Contraction with partial (Insincere) Mouth Smile - is indicative of Disbelief, Arrogance and/or Contempt. Although we all make this expression occasionally - when displayed chronically, this facial cluster is highly correlative with Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopath).






















During 7:55  (immediately above), Shkreli displays what is known as a Microexpression of increased eyelid tension (and partial closure) indicative of a anger as well as another contempt amplifier.

Please watch this segment several times to fully appreciate the evanescent nature of this nonverbal signal.

As mentioned earlier, this is just a tiny fraction of the nonverbal signals contained in this video. What other key body language did you see displayed?


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3455: Jerry Rice Undercover - Lyft Super Bowl 50 Commercial

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3448: Ted Cruz's Challenge to Debate Donald Trump One-on-One; Cruz's Default Facial Expression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3451: Angelique Kerber defeats Serena Williams in Australian Open

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3443: Donald Trump - "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and Shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any Voters!" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3438: Hillary Clinton, What's Your Relationship with Vladimir Putin?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3431: El Chapo, Sean Penn, an Interview and a Handshake 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3412: Affluenza Teen Ethan Couch is on the Run

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3398: Orangutan Sees a Magic Trick - Bonding, Rapport and Laughter 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3455: Jerry Rice Undercover - Lyft Super Bowl 50 Commercial - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





If you're a Jerry Rice fan, you'll love this commercial for Super Bowl 50. It features the record setting 49ers wide receiver going undercover (as "Jay") disguised as a Lyft driver. And although he eventually reveals his identity, the intervening moments provide some fantastic nonverbal teaching examples. One passenger's body language in particular is highlighted here.




0:35

Here, Steven begins to display disbelief with his slightly elevated central (medial) eyebrows along with a mild mouth smile.





0:37

Continued and increased Elevated Central Forehead Contraction (E-CFC) with an additional pulling together of his eyebrows (for which the common idiom, "Knitting of the Brows" is often used).

Steven is showing a continued incredulity with focused and concentration (e.g., "What's going on here? Is that REALLY who I think he is?").


0:39

Mildly elevated CFC with a partial mouth smile continues (This expression of incredulity almost NEVER involves a Sincere [Duchenne] Smile and it's very often Unilateral [e.g., in this example more pronounced on Steven's right]). Note also Steven pulling or pinching his left ring finger (a common generalized anxiety tell).



1:46

Jaw Confessional

At this moment Steven had decided to openly ask "Jay" his real identity.

This  quick, short-duration, lateral movement of the jaw indicates an embarrassment component to his thought-emotion. Of course, Steven's not 100% sure he's correct, so he's feeling embarrassment-anxiety prior to vocalizing his suspicion (and he fears he may be wrong). The jaw confessional is seen in the context of a person telling you something for which they have a significant component of embarrassment. This commercial is, of course, edited - so we don't see Steven's guess.

When the jaw is maintains a prolonged thrust to one side, it indicates a completely different thought-emotion - which one?


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3454: Donald Trump - Buying the Farm after 2nd Place Finish in Iowa Caucuses

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2314: Naomi Watts Pre-Oscar Interview and her Body Language of the "Jaw Confessional" and the Sincerity Quotient

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3426: Barack Obama, Executive Action, Gun Control and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3321: John Boehner Announces Resignation During Press Conference 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No.1696: George Zimmerman's Testimony - Fear, Incredulity, Regret & Contempt 

Negotiation Secret No. 335 & 353: Incredulous with Contempt - Amanda Knox Redux 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2129: Barack Obama's Body Language, Misspeaks "Export More Jobs" Displays Incredulity and .....  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2831: "Walking Contest", Anxiety, Mirroring and False Intimacy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3089: Walter White as "Sorta Greg" - "Say My Name" - Esurance Super Bowl Commercial

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3454: Donald Trump - Buying the Farm after 2nd Place Finish in Iowa Caucuses - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Yesterday Donald Trump came in second to Ted Cruz in the Iowa Caucuses. The video above features the speech he gave afterward - and while it wasn't a concession speech, it does certainly contain elements of emotion consistent with losing.

This short speech is loaded with nonverbal tells, yet one segment is particularly worthy of scrutiny. Many have noted the phrase beginning at 2:47, "... I think I might come here and buy a farm ..." and have labeled it a Freudian Slip.


Primary thought-emotion is Anger

Secondary thought-emotion of Disgust

Both displayed during Trump speaking the word "... think ..."


A few seconds later as he says the word, "... farm ...", Trump manifests these same thought-emotions only with emphases in the reverse order.



Primary emotion of Disgust and his secondary emotion is that of Anger

Trump's display of both anger and disgust during this verbal overture-praise for the people of Iowa betrays his true feelings indicative of his profound insincerity.

See also:


Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3453: Marco Rubio's Hyper-Alpha, Backfiring Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3451: Angelique Kerber defeats Serena Williams in Australian Open

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3448: Ted Cruz's Challenge to Debate Donald Trump One-on-One; Cruz's Default Facial Expression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3437: Donald Trump Defends New York Values accusations from Ted Cruz 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3436: Is Hillary Clinton Intimidated by Donald Trump?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3409: Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Reaction to Bernie Sander's Criticism of the DNC 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3380: Adele at the BBC, When Adele was disguised as Jenny

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3420: Bill Cosby's Mug Shot


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3453: Marco Rubio's Hyper-Alpha, Backfiring Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





On this day of the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, take a moment to view the above video segment from the most recent republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Senator Marco Rubio is featured three times during this clip. In each of these segments, especially the first two, the junior senator from Florida uses one particular nonverbal signal far too much.

Using any body language excessively (regardless of the type), just as with speaking or writing any word too frequently, will strongly suggest lack of vocabulary (spoken language, written language or body language), lack of experience (at least in this example, on such a large and important national stage) - or anxiety (the brain has difficulty multitasking during times of distress so it resorts to using the few "default settings" with which it has grown accustomed).

Sen. Rubio's intention is to project his assertiveness, determination and anger - by using a downward index finger (forefinger) point with the added hand chop dynamic. This is most certainly a high alpha body language display. The trouble is, as with most politicians and almost everyone using alpha nonverbal signals - is that they go overboard and use them far too dramatically and much too frequently. When over-used, alpha body language is, by definition, hyper-alpha and will polarize and destroy rapport rather than creating or building it.

In the political realm we will see hyper-alpha body language displays by members of the opposing party challengers (in this case the republicans opposing President Obama) much more often than members of the incumbent party running for the same political office. Moreover, hyper-alpha displays are also seen more often before the respective national conventions and a final party representative is then chosen. After the republican and democratic conventions the candidates will of course be trying to win the middle third of the electorate who are undecided - thus their nonverbals (intuitively or coached) will become more diplomatic/rapport building and less hyperbolic/less polarizing.






















Did you notice Rubio's additional mistake? He wasn't really using an index finger downward point as much he was pointing directly toward the audience/camera. This is a profound faux pas, as pointing with an index finger towards anyone, even if they otherwise like you (and will vote for you) will alienate them. Index finger pointing is viewed world-wide as extremely offensive and patronizing.

As with any athlete after a game, Senator Rubio (and his staff) should take time to view and critique his performance, alerting him to this and other mistakes.






















See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3452: A Ted Cruz Rapport Destroyer

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3450: Kanye West reacts to Paparazzi's questions regarding Wiz Khalifa

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3446: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3443: Donald Trump - "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and Shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any Voters!"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3258: Hillary Clinton speaks out on "inaccuracies" of private email controversy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3410: Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Hillary Clinton for Data Breach at Democratic Debate - Body Language Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3371: John Kasich at the Republican Debate 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2840: Shailene Woodley, Jon Steward Show and a Body Language of Sexual Interest Display 


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3452: A Ted Cruz Rapport Destroyer - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Two days ago the last republican debate prior to the Iowa Caucuses was held in Des Moines. Currently Ted Cruz is running second to Donald Trump in the Iowa polling. It's well noted that Mr. Cruz is not well liked among his colleagues. Likability has, of course, has many components - and an often completely ignored yet profoundly important ingredient of likability is nonverbal communication.

Between 4:06 - 5:45 in the above video segment of this most recent Republican debate, Mr. Cruz answers a question regarding ethanol. Four times during his answer, Senator Cruz displays his hands configured in what is known as the "Pseudo-prayer". In body language lingo, the pseudo-prayer is an example of an Illustrator-MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) Hybrid. The pseudo-prayer does not build rapport, nor is it neutral - rather it's a significant rapport destroyer. It projects a patronizing and condescending emotional tone. Moreover the arrogance transmitted by this body language is further amplified when it's clustered with a chopping motion - a faux pas the Texas senator commits several times here.






















See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3451: Angelique Kerber defeats Serena Williams in Australian Open

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3448: Ted Cruz's Challenge to Debate Donald Trump One-on-One; Cruz's Default Facial Expression 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3443: Donald Trump - "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and Shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any Voters!" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3438: Hillary Clinton, What's Your Relationship with Vladimir Putin? - Democratic Debates 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3410: Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Hillary Clinton for Data Breach at Democratic Debate - Body Language Faux Pas 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3404: Bush to Trump, "You're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3401: Jeb Bush and Anxiety 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3371: John Kasich at the Republican Debate 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1866: Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth are Engaged - An Affection-Love Sincerity Signal


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