Monday, October 16, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4094: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Calling the Families of Fallen Soldiers - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Earlier today, President Trump held a press conference in the Rose Garden. Along with Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell he took questions on a wide range of topics.

From a body language perspective, it's noteworthy that Donald Trump touched his face several times during this event. One of these moments is highlighted here. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

JOURNALIST (beginning at 19:48): Why haven't we heard anything from you so far about the soldiers that were killed in Niger? What do you have to say about (OFF-MIKE)? 

PRESIDENT TRUMP (beginning at 19:52): Ah, I've written them personal letters. Ah, they've been sent, or they're going out tonight, but they were - nt [stutter] written during the weekend. Ah, I will, at some point during the - the period of time, call the parents and ah, the families, because I have done that traditionally. Ah, I felt very, very badly about that. I always feel badly. It's m-, it's the toughest - the toughest calls I have to make - [deep inhalation] are the calls where, ah - this happens. Soldiers are killed. Ah, it's a very difficult thing. Now, it gets to a point - wherrrre, you know, you make four or five of them in one day - it's a very, very tough day. For me, that's - by far the toughest. So the traditional way - if you look at ah, President Obama and other presidents, ah, most of 'em - ah, didn't make calls. A lot of them didn't make calls. I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it. Ah, they have made the ultimate sacrifice. So generally I would - say that I like to call. I'm going to be calling them. I want a little time to pass. I'm going to be calling them. I have - as you know, since I've been president, I have. Ah, but in addition, ah, I actually wrote letters individually to the, ah, soldiers we're talking about, and they're going to be going out - either today or tomorrow. Yes.

Several other questions were then asked and answered. A few minutes later, a follow-up question regarding calls to families of fallen soldiers was then asked.

PETER ALEXANDER (beginning at 29:13):  “Mr. President, earlier you said that President Obama Never called the families of fallen soldiers. How can you make that claim?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I don’t know if he did. No no no. Ah, I, I was, I was told that he didn’t often. And a lot of presidents don’t - they write letters. I do, excuse me - Peter. I do a combination of both. Ah, sometimes it's, it’s a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both. Ah [stutter], President Obama, ah - I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do, all I can do is ask my generals. Ah, other, other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like, I like the combination of – I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter.

























At 29:18, President Trump began reaching - and then (during 29:19 - 29:20) he rubbed/scratched just in front of his right ear with his right index finger as he said, "I don’t know if he did. No no no. Ah, I, I was, I was told that he didn’t often ..." (Image above).

It's a Nonverbal Axiom that in the context of a voicing a denial or affirmation, an ear scratch/rub or scratching/rubbing in front of the ear (but not behind) has a very high correlation with deception. This correlation is particularly strong when this nonverbal signal is displayed during a direct response to a question.

Summary: President Trump's nonverbal behavior in the above-mentioned segment indicates, with very high probability, that he was lying when he said, "I don’t know if he did. No no no. Ah, I, I was, I was told that he didn’t often. And a lot of presidents don’t - they write letters" and thus also when he said, "The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls..."


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4093: Fear and Harvey Weinstein - Emma Watson's Reaction

Body Language Analysis No. 4091: John Kelly's Press Briefing, "I'm not quitting"/"I'm not getting fired"

Body Language Analysis No. 4089: Donald Trump's Reaction to Bob Corker's World War III Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049

Body Language Analysis No. 4079: Tom Price, Private Jets, and Nonverbal Disparity

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

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

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

Body Language Analysis No. 3988: Kim Jong-un, ICBMs, False Joy, and Fake Laughter


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4093: Fear and Harvey Weinstein - Emma Watson's Reaction - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)



































Accusations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape continue to accumulate against Harvey Weinstein. Although not currently associated with these allegations, this particular incident is quite telling. The image was captured in 2011, as then 20-year-old Emma Watson was grabbed from behind by Harvey Weinstein as they exited a BAFTA event in London. That evening they were among those at a gathering honoring the film, The Kings Speech.

Purportedly Mr. Weinstein was "escorting" Ms. Watson to their waiting car and he was "protecting" her from fans/onlookers.



























From a nonverbal perspective, this photo captures a moment of fear on Emma Watson's face. Her eyes (eyelids) are opened much wider than baseline. This is a physiologic response to a fear-associated adrenaline surge.


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See also:


Body Language Analysis No. 4092: Rex Tillerson responds to Bob Corker's "Castration" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4090: Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, and Impulse Control Disorder

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie

Body Language Analysis No. 4086: Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and Access Hollywood Video

Body Language Analysis No. 4082: Brother of Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas Shooter)

Body Language Analysis No. 4072: "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!"

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

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

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

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


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Body Language Analysis No. 4092: Rex Tillerson responds to Bob Corker's "Castration" Comment - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTO)




This morning Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was interviewed by Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union. Among other subjects, Mr. Tapper addressed Senator Bob Corker's statement from earlier this week regarding President Trump's behavior toward Secretary Tillerson, specifically Senator Corker's statement of, "You cannot publicly castrate your own Secretary of State..."

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Secretary of State Tillerson.

JAKE TAPPER to REX TILLERSON: "I want to - ask about Senator Bob Corker who said something 'bout you. Ah, and he was referring - he's a friend of yours. He has - tremendous respect for you. He speaks highly of you all the time. He says that you're one of the best things about the cabinet. And he's dismayed. He thinks President Trump is constantly undermining you. This is a Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said, the President has, 'Castrated you before the World stage'. That's his word - not mine. What's your response to that?"

























During 0:14 (captured immediately above), as Jake Tapper says, "... He thinks President Trump is constantly undermining you...", Secretary Tillerson tilts his head to his left and displays a classic microexpression. Watch this video several times - at normal speed and again at 1/2 speed as the photo does not show its dynamic nature.

Note how the corners of Rex Tillerson's mouth evanescently move slightly down and laterally - simultaneously with a tightening of his "mustache area" along with a subtle flaring of his nostrils. This is a classic microexpression - projecting a combination of both Disgust and Regret.

Summary: In this interview, Secretary of State Tillerson displayed a microexpression of combined Disgust and Regret immediately upon hearing the words "President Trump".


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4091: John Kelly's Press Briefing, "I'm not quitting"/"I'm not getting fired"

Body Language Analysis No. 4089: Donald Trump's Reaction to Bob Corker's World War III Comment 

Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049 

Body Language Analysis No. 4085: Donald Trump's "Calm Before the Storm" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4081: Catalonia's Referendum vs. Spain's Control

Body Language Analysis No. 4078: Toddler Steals Prince Harry's Popcorn

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4039: Blue Angels, Surprise, Emotional Processing, and Empathy

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


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4091: John Kelly's Press Briefing, "I'm not quitting"/"I'm not getting fired" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Yesterday, amidst rumors of his quitting or impending firing by President Trump, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, held a press briefing. The video above is a portion of that briefing. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

JOHN KELLY (beginning at 0:00): "I would just offer to you that, ah, although I read it all the time, a-, pretty consistently, I -, I'm not quitting today. Ahhhhum, , I, I don't believe and I just talked to the President - I don't think I'm being fired today ahhhhum, and ahhhh, I am not so frustrated in this job that, ahhhh, I'm thinking of leaving. I'll tell you, this is ---- the hardest job I've ever had Ω - ahhh, this is, in my view, the most important job I've ever had. Ah, I would offer though, it is not the best job I ever had. Best job I ever had, as I've said many times, is when I was an enlisted marine, sergeant, infantryman - that was the best job I ever had. So, ah, unless things change - I'm not, ahum, quitting. I'm not getting fired . And, ahhh, I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow."



























During 0:08, as he says, "... I -, I'm not quitting today, Ahhhhum...", John Kelly first makes the expression captured in the photo above. This face shows a combination of Regret, Disgust, and Contempt.



























Only a second later (during 0:09 and notated by ), he then makes the expression of pure Regret.



























 
As he says, "... and I just talked with the President ...", Kelly interlaces his fingers in a hand-clenching variation - indicative of Frustration.



























During 0:14 - just after he says, "... I don't think I'm being fired today, ahhhhum ...", Kelly displays Regret once more.




























During 0:16, as he says, "... and ahhhh, I am not so frustrated in this job that, ahhhh, I'm thinking of leaving...", the White House Chief of Staff again displays a deep expression of combined Regret, Disgust, and Contempt.

























During 0:26, just after he says, "... this is ---- the hardest job I've ever had ..." (notated by Ω ), John Kelly displays another expression of Regret, this time combined with Disgust.




























During 0:48, as he says, "... So, ah, unless things change - I'm not, ahum, quitting....", we see yet another display of Regret combined with Disgust.


























During 0:50, just after he says, "... I'm not getting fired ..." (notated by a ), COS Kelly displays a "Loose Tongue Jut", indicating the thought-emotions, of "I've been bad", "I've been caught", and similar. In this context, this indicates either deception, over-stepping on Kelly's part - and/or his feelings toward making such a declaration on the record (Take care not to confuse this with a "Tight Tongue Jut" - which has a completely different meaning).


Summary: At multiple times during his press briefing yesterday, Chief of Staff John Kelly displayed Disgust, Contempt, and Regret. He also either told a lie, felt he was over-stepping, and/or doing something wrong when making the statement, "... I'm not getting fired ...".

It's profoundly important to correlate nonverbal signals with paralanguage and verbal behavior. In that light, it's noteworthy that many of John Kelly's body language signals occurred simultaneous with the filler words, "ahum" or "ahhh". This interrelationship is no coincidence. As you increase your nonverbal prowess, these auditory markers will help you better recognize the accompanying nonverbal signals.

Prefacing statements such as, "I don't think" (I'm being fired today) and "unless things change" (I'm not, ahum, quitting. I'm not getting fired) - as well as his qualifying uses of the word "today" - are non-declarative, lack confidence, and are particularly telling - signaling John Kelly's feelings of unpredictability with the Trump Administration.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4090: Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, and Impulse Control Disorder

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie

Body Language Analysis No. 4086: Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and Access Hollywood Video

Body Language Analysis No. 4084: Senator Corker Reacts to Secretary Tillerson's Statement (and President Trump)

Body Language Analysis No. 4082: Brother of Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas Shooter)

Body Language Analysis No. 4073: Prince Harry and Melania Trump Meet in Canada for Invictus Games - Harry's Hand Signal

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

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

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


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4090: Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, and Impulse Control Disorder - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)


























Certainly not all people who have impulse control disorder are sexual predators - far from it - however, a very high percentage of sexual predators have impulse control disorder.

In the last several days, Harvey Weinstein has had numerous allegations of sexual harassment and even rape raised against him.























From a nonverbal perspective, Mr. Weinstein exhibits a profoundly important red flag. He CHRONICALLY displays a facial expression of contempt.

There are several expressions of contempt, the most common of which, is colloquially described as a "snarl". The area above the lip and below the nose on one side of the face is contracted and it's accompanied by the flaring of the nostril on that same side.

While we all feel contempt on occasion, those individuals who experience it - and thus make the face of contempt CHRONICALLY - will virtually all have impulse control disorder. The same is true for the emotion of disgust.

All three of these facial expressions are examples of a contempt display.


























Summary:  Those individuals who display contempt and/or disgust on a chronic basis have a very high incidence of impulse control disorder - and a high percentage of sexual predators will also have impulse control disorder.



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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4089: Donald Trump's Reaction to Bob Corker's World War III Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049

Body Language Analysis No. 4085: Donald Trump's "Calm Before the Storm" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4083: President Trump, Puerto Rico, and Meeting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

Body Language Analysis No. 4075: Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith Steps Down After Massive Hack/Data Breach

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

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

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

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


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4089: Donald Trump's Reaction to Bob Corker's World War III Comment - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTO)





Earlier today, during an appearance with Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office, Donald Trump was asked about Senator Bob Corker's statement regarding the President moving us “on the path to World War III.

The President responded, "We were on the wrong path before — all you have to do is take a look — if you look over the last 25 years — with numerous administrations, we were on a path to — a very big problem. A problem like this World has never seen. We’re on the path right now, believe me."

But just before he answered, during 0:04 to 0:05, he shook his head laterally (e.g., "No") as he made the expression captured in the image below.



























Notice the President's lips. They are stretched horizontally - almost in a straight line - nearly disappearing in their extreme thinning. This is not an inward lip roll, although a nonverbal novice may confuse the two signals.

His "mustache area" is very tightened while simultaneously his nostrils are flaring.

The President's jaw is clenched (betrayed by his chin dimpling) and jutting forward (a "Jaw Jut").

It's surprising at the high percentage of people misinterpret this expression when it's directed at them in the everyday world. This nonverbal cluster is highly indicative of anger with a secondary component of frustration.

Summary: Senator Bob Corker's recent statements regarding President Trump, where he said the President is like "a reality show" and leading us on the "path to World War III" (not surprisingly) elicits a high level of anger in Donald Trump.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie

Body Language Analysis No. 4086: Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and Access Hollywood Video

Body Language Analysis No. 4084: Senator Corker Reacts to Secretary Tillerson's Statement (and President Trump)

Body Language Analysis No. 4082: Brother of Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas Shooter)

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

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

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

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

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


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





During Kit Harington's recent guest appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Jon Snow's alter ego recounted an April Fools' Day prank he played on his fiancée, Rose Leslie. It's quite the spoof.

Mr. Harington displayed a particular and highly characteristic nonverbal tell during his interaction with Mr. Ross. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of this moment.

JONATHAN ROSS (beginning during 0:00 in the above video): We have ah, a video prank -

KIT HARINGTON: Yeah

ROSS: - that you played on your on, ah, your intended - on Rose. Ah, and, um, we're going to show this and then perhaps you can talk us through ...



























Very early in the video, during 0:02, just after Kit Harington says, "Yeah" (notated by ), the actor displays a "Forward Lip Purse". This is brief, lasting less than a second (technically classified as a "near-microexpression).









Only three seconds later during 0:04 - 0:06, as Mr. Ross is saying, "... your intended - on Rose. Ah, and, um, we're going to show ...", Mr. Harington once again made this same Forward Lip Pursing (It probably lasted a bit longer, however, the camera switched to back to Ross).

A Forward Lip Purse indicates either the presence of secret - and/or a withheld disagreement (partially or fully withheld). Both of these situations encapsulate the nonverbal manifestation of an emotion which is clandestine in nature.

[Be careful not to confuse a forward lip purse with a lateral lip purse - which has a completely different meaning]

In this scenario, although the audience does know an April Fool's joke was pulled - we are not yet privy to what, specifically, is about to happen. Thus, from Kit Harington's point-of-view, he's very much pulling the same prank on us. He's keeping a secret. And the presence of this secret is manifested via his forward lip purse.

Keep in mind, that although Mr. Harington is a skilled and accomplished actor - when he's "just being Kit" - he's not any better at suppressing his nonverbal signals than the rest of us.

Summary: In this setting, we're let in on the complete secret in short order. However, in the everyday real world, forward lip pursing tells us that a person is keeping their full opinion to themselves - and very possibly a plan of action from our knowledge. Forward Pip Pursing a profound red flag and should never be ignored.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049

Body Language Analysis No. 4085: Donald Trump's "Calm Before the Storm" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4083: President Trump, Puerto Rico, and Meeting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

Body Language Analysis No. 4081: Catalonia's Referendum vs. Spain's Control

Body Language Analysis No. 4075: Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith Steps Down After Massive Hack/Data Breach

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3917: American Airlines Stroller Incident - Anger, Contempt and Escalation (vs. Deescalation)

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


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049 - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling star in the recently released film, Blade Runner 2049. As you may have heard, Mr. Ford mistakenly punched Mr. Gosling during its filming. The image immediately below captures both of their faces a split-second after impact. What follows is a nonverbal analysis of this moment.


























One very telling nonverbal signal is seen in this instant (less than a second after he received Harrison's punch) is Gosling's elevated right forehead and eyebrow. This dynamic indicates disbelief.




























The actor's mouth is also in the initial stages of a surprise display - Gosling's lips are drawn in and protruding and we don't see any teeth. If we had another image from only 0.1 - 0.3 seconds later, his mouth opening would still be configured in an oval shape - only with tighter lips and with the long-axis of the oval oriented vertically.




























Harrison Ford's mouth is also in the early stages of surprise - however, his mouth also has the overlying emotion of fear. As mentioned above, a mouth of surprise will display no teeth, lips oriented vertically (albeit very briefly) - but a mouth of fear orients more laterally - with each corner pulling back and downward. In this instant, these two emotions are competing against each other (with respect to the dynamics of Mr. Ford's mouth) - and the fear component is winning.

It's difficult to see the surface of his left eye - yet we can see enough to know that his eyelids are opened significantly wider than baseline. Both fear and surprise will cause widely opened eyelids.

Harrison's forehead is also very telling. A Central Forehead Contraction together with his particular mouth and eye expressions indicate that Mr. Ford is, in part, experiencing empathy for Mr. Gosling.

Significant physical pain will also result in a central forehead contraction - which Ford is certainly experiencing in his right hand (Note how he's holding/covering/rubbing his right hand with his left - as he's also doing months later as he re-lives the event on Norton's show). The retracted and protected positioning of his right shoulder and arm is highly characteristic of pain.

Although he may have been trying to be humorous, it's interesting to note that Graham Norton asks if Harrison Ford's expression is one of regret - and Ford says, "No, that's the face of 'Oh, Shit! I'm in deep doo doo.' "

Summary: When this accident occurred, each actor was transported back into the real world. Textbooks will often give the false impression that we experience feelings in an isolated and linear fashion. Yet the natural world is rarely so simple. Here we see both Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford - the people, not the actors - displaying classic examples of simultaneous and competing emotions.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4086: Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and Access Hollywood Video

Body Language Analysis No. 4084: Senator Corker Reacts to Secretary Tillerson's Statement (and President Trump)

Body Language Analysis No. 4082: Brother of Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas Shooter)

Body Language Analysis No. 4079: Tom Price, Private Jets, and Nonverbal Disparity

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

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

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

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

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


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Body Language Analysis No. 4086: Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and Access Hollywood Video - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




On Thursday, 5 October 2017, The New York Times broke a story regarding allegations of decades worth of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein. A number of women have made accusations, including Ashley Judd.

On Saturday, 7 October, President Trump was asked about Mr. Weinstein and he responded. Immediately after his answer, the same journalist followed up with comparing Mr. Weinstein situation with the President's own Access Hollywood video scandal. Before she could fully ask her question, the President interrupted her - reiterating his original "locker room" analogy. However, if you know what nonverbal signals to look for - you'll see Trump telegraph his true emotions.

What follows is a partial body language analysis.



























During 1:05, the President displays a Tight Tongue Jut - which indicates feelings of Disdain, Disgust, Repulsiveness (Don't confuse this with a Loose Tongue Jut - for it has completely different meaning). It's helpful to think of this microexpression in the context of one dynamic of which we were guilty as infants: When we didn't like our creamed asparagus - we pushed it out with a tongue in a very similar motion.


























Immediately thereafter, still during 1:05, President Trump makes a pronounced Jaw Jut (forward thrusting microexpression of the jaw consistent with an adrenaline surge). Simultaneously he retracts his upper lip creating dramatic tension in "Mustache Area". This nonverbal cluster is indicative of a high level of Anger.


























In rapid succession, during 1:05 - 1:06, the President displays an Inward Lip Roll (an attempt to suppress strong emotions). With continued Tension in Mustache Area along with the prominent bulging in tissue below Lower Lip demonstrates a combination of Anger with Frustration. These emotions are amplified by his prominent Jaw Clenching and Chin Dimpling.



























Just before he says, "That's locker room, that's locker room, yeah", during 1:06, Donald Trump's Inward Lip Roll and Clenched Jaw are rapidly transitioning to a Suppressed Smile. At the same, time the President displays a Head Snap, (a quick twisting and tilting of his head and neck) Bilateral Eyebrow Flash, and a Prolonged Blink. This nonverbal cluster is indicative of High Confidence and Self Righteous emotions.


Summary: President Trump feels dramatic disdain when the subject of the Access Hollywood video is broached. He has deep anger and even hatred for this scandal. However, he also feels that the content and ramifications of the Access Hollywood Video are battles he has already fought and won. 


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4085: Donald Trump's "Calm Before the Storm" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4083: President Trump, Puerto Rico, and Meeting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

Body Language Analysis No. 4081: Catalonia's Referendum vs. Spain's Control

Body Language Analysis No. 4079: Tom Price, Private Jets, and Nonverbal Disparity

Body Language Analysis No. 4072: "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!"

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3747: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dark Chocolate and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3718: Donald Trump's "Access Hollywood" Hot Mic Video



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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4085: Donald Trump's "Calm Before the Storm" Comment - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




On Thursday 5 October 2017, just prior to a dinner with high-level US military personnel and their spouses, President Trump made a cryptic and rather disconcerting statement alluding to, "The calm before the storm".

What follows is that brief dialog followed by a partial nonverbal analysis. 


PRESIDENT TRUMP (beginning at 0:00): You guys know what this represents?

JOURNALIST A: No.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don't kn - Maybe it’s the calm before the storm. Ω  µ

JOURNALIST B: What’s the storm of?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Could be - the calm - the calm before the storm.

JOURNALIST C (over-talking): What is it?

JOURNALIST D: On Iran? On ISIS? On what?

JOURNALIST E: What storm Mr. President?

PRESIDENT TRUMP (over-talking): We have the world’s great military people in this room - I will tell you that. And, ah, we're gonna 've a great evening. Thank you all for coming. Thank you.

JOURNALIST F: What storm Mr. President?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: You'll find out


























• During first three seconds of video
• Sweeping Upward Finger (notated by )
• Suppressed Smile

This image is of lower resolution due to movement of both the camera and President Trump - and in addition, the photo is magnified.

He calls attention to not only the place and event - but within the context of military personnel being present. The use of his index finger is hyper alpha - and its upward vectoring is - from his point of view - optimistic and favorable.

His suppressed, partial smile (many people would call a "smirk") and is indicative clandestine/non-disclosed information.

























• Head Tilt
• Palm Up
• Head Tilt
• Unilateral suppressed smile
• Elevated Eyebrows
• Vocal Tone

All these signals occur during 0:04 second, as he says, "I don't kn- ..."

This nonverbal cluster indicates a direct yet deliberately sarcastic contradiction to his verbal and self-truncated statement of, "I don't kn - ..."


























• Unilateral Suppressed Smile (smirk)
• Head beginning to tilt back 
• As he says, "... before ..." (the first time he says "before", during 0:05)


A suppressed smile almost always indicates meaningful information which is not fully shared.


























• Contempt
• Disgust
• Head Tilting further back during 0:06 just after he says, "... "I don't kn - Maybe it’s the calm before
   the storm."..." (the first time, notated by Ω)

His head tilt in this body language cluster is, in part, a distancing phenomenon. Clustered with his contempt and disgust is a nonverbal way of saying, "I know something that you don't know - and you are beneath me".


























• Tongue Click
• Unilateral Suppressed Smile
• Elevated Eyebrows

During 0:06 second (notated by µ) less than a half a second after the immediately preceding image, just after he says, "I don't kn - Maybe it’s the calm before the storm."

This unilateral suppressed (false) smile together with a Tongue Click - is patronizing and bodes ill for the receiving person/group who is the recipient of "the storm".  The Tongue Click a hyper-alpha nonverbal-paralanguage signal.



























• False Smile (Disgust Smile)
• Dynamic Head Tilt - emphasizing his Disgust.

During 0:13 (notated by )



























• Elevated Central Forehead Contraction
• Suppressed Mouth Smile
• Bouncing up and down on feet

- during 0:27 as he says, "You'll find out". This particular suppressed smile is subtle - watch the video several times as the still image does not capture the dynamic nature of this nonverbal tell. An elevated Central Forehead Contraction together with a Partial Mouth Smile (even a subtle one) in this context indicates Arrogance or Contempt (although both of these emotions may be manifested by other facial expressions).

His bouncing up and down on his feet/toes indicates an adrenaline surge indicated by excitement.


Summary: Most people are interpreting The President's "Calm Before the Storm" statement - as an ill omen for either Rex Tillerson or Kim Jong-un/North Korea.

President Trump's disgust and contempt may be directed at the recipient of "the storm" - or the members of the press (or both groups). The context, personnel present, and the President's reference suggests "the storm" is a military metaphor.

Donald Trump is excited about the ramifications of his secret. It's a particularly hyper-alpha moment for him. A partial/suppressed smile is nearly always indicative of withheld information - and this phenomenon is classically exemplified in this short video.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4084: Senator Corker Reacts to Secretary Tillerson's Statement (and President Trump)

Body Language Analysis No. 4082: Brother of Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas Shooter)

Body Language Analysis No. 4080: Getting Under Donald Trump's Skin - San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Reacting to Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke

Body Language Analysis No. 4078: Toddler Steals Prince Harry's Popcorn

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

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3918: The Image of Kim Jong-un He Most Prefers the World to See - and What It Tells Us

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


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