Friday, October 24, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2990: Jaylen Fryberg - alleged School Shooter - Washington's Marysville-Pilchuck High School - Body Language Tells & Warning Signs (PHOTO)

This is an image of Jaylen Fryberg taken from his social media. He is alleged to have shot five students, killing one before shooting himself earlier today. The shooting occurred at Washington's Marysville-Pilchuck High School, near Seattle where Fryberg was a freshman.

From a behavioral and nonverbal perspective, this image is highly notable for the emotion of contempt Fryberg is so prominently displaying. In addition, his posting the picture on social media carries additional signaling ... and warning. While every person experiences contempt and thus displays its expression occasionally - it is profoundly important to note that those who commit mass shootings, terrorism and other violent acts display chronic expressions of contempt and/or disgust - and must not be ignored or discounted.

My condolences to those affected by this tragedy.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2989: Jessica Chastain, "Interstellar", David Letterman and a Partial Emblematic Slip

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2828: Elliot Roger, Isla Vista/U.C. Santa Barbara Mass Shooting & Threat Assessment - Body Language and Threat Assessment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2639: Denver School Shooting and a Body Language of High Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2231: A Common Facial Expression of Mass Killers - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2989: Jessica Chastain, "Interstellar", David Letterman and a Partial Emblematic Slip (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Jessica Chastain was on the Late Show with David Letterman recently promoting her new film, "Interstellar". Observing actors during interviews and talk shows are very good settings to watch when endeavoring to learn body language. Watch this short with the sound off and then a second time with regular volume. When great actors using the Stanislavski Method are "in character" - their nonverbals tend to be much more accurate, e.g. their words, vocal qualities and nonverbals are congruent. However when interviewed, and when they're "just being themselves" - they are often no better than average (even the Oscar winners).

What follows are two moments of Jessica Chastain's nonverbal reaction just after David Letterman spoofs "Interstellar" with a clip from a circa 1930's movie.

In this first moment during 1:17, Ms. Chastain's primary emotion is disgust. This is shown by tightening of her mid-face region and nostril flaring. It is amplified by her extended blinking.

Jessica's left arm and hand configuration are both blocking/forming barriers to Dave - yet more importantly her hand is signifying critical evaluation.

Here, less than a second later, Ms. Chastain continues yet refines her critical evaluation. Note her middle finger is both telling Dave to "shut up" and more importantly flipping him off. This is just one - yet a very classic example - for what in body language terminology is known as a "Partial Emblematic Slip" (Ekman) and is highly reliable signal. It is partial because it's not the fully displayed bird. This example is subconscious while a full bird is very conscious. An emblem is a nonverbal sign, often but not always involving the hands, the meaning of which is widely known.

Jessica is proud of her work and she believes this was a cheap shot. Note Dave is somewhat mirroring her behavior - not giving her the middle finger, but covering his own mouth with a surrogate finger (his pencil). Dave thought it was a cheap too and is regretting the low-grade jest.

See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2268:  Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Kathryn Bigelow & Jessica Chastain - Body Language at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2640: Disgust at Denver area School Shooting

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2603: Sarah Palin's Body Language - She Feels Disgust toward Pope Francis and ... She Tells a Fib

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1818:  Political Correctness, a Partial Emblematic Slip  at a Falcon, Colorado Elementary School

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2817: Rep. Joe Garcia Picks His Ear & Eats it - What his Body Language Really is Saying

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2971: Not Giving Good Actors an Easy Pass - Interstellar Trailer - When the Body Language is Not Congruent with Real Life


Monday, October 20, 2014

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

Those of you who are American football fans are of course fully aware that last night Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's career record for touchdown passes. By the end of his play he had added another as well finishing the night with 4 touchdowns and with 510 for his career.

Of course, the Denver Broncos General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations is John Elway. Elway captained the Broncos to five Super Bowl appearances of which two were victorious - and also had 300 career touchdown passes (fifth all time in the NFL). Manning thus far has three career Super Bowl appearances - one with Denver and two with Indianapolis, however his only victory was with the Colts.

The following is a brief nonverbal analysis of John Elway captured immediately after Peyton's record 509th touchdown pass.

Obviously, Elway is clapping in the image above as well this second photo which shows his final clap - which is very conscious body language behavior. Evaluating his face however, even at this low resolution, we can see his thinned lips, an inward lip roll (partial), downward directed mouth corners, his mid-face tension, nostril flaring, eyelids partially and tightly closed, downward vectored eyebrows and, in the first image above, we can see the eyebrows are pulled together as well.

This nonverbal facial cluster configuration is consistent with anger-disgust - and is subconsciously generated.

Here all the above facial features persist with the exception of the addition of a greater degree of inward lip roll - consistent with a subconscious attempt to suppress his negative emotions - as his hands go in his pockets.

When a man puts his hands in his pockets (with the exception of deliberately posing for a picture) - it signals lower levels of emotional comfort, lower confidence and disengagement. Here Elway is a turtle wanting to go into his shell.

In this moment Elway's hands are fully inside his pockets - with the expression of disgust very clearly demonstrated.

In summary, John Elway has anger-disgust during the celebratory moments of Manning's record breaking performance. Although other possibilities exist, the context of this moment strongly suggests these emotions are either self-directed - e.g. Elway is feeling he could have and should have done better in his career - or they are being projected at Peyton Manning as a manifestation of jealousy.

It is also profoundly important to note that whenever a conscious body language act (e.g., clapping) is seen with unconscious nonverbals - it is the unconscious behaviors which betray the true emotions. Gloss over this caveat at your peril.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2987: Tristan Thompson Kisses Sideline Reporter Allie Clifton 

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2622: Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, What Faces Reveal - Body Language in Foxborough

Negotiation Secret # 146: Anthony Weiner's Inward Lip Roll

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2443:  Kristen Wiig's Disgust & Fear Face -  Graham Norton, Chris O'Dowd and Fly Eating

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2912: Gerald Ford Pardoning of Richard Nixon

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2074:  Mitt Romney and Senator Kelly Ayotte  What Body Language Tells?


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2987: Tristan Thompson Kisses Sideline Reporter Allie Clifton (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Some find this video disrespectful while others find it humorous - however Tristan Thompson's kiss of sideline reporter Allie Clifton (who he erroneously calls "Tina") is included here because it is very illustrative of several nonverbal signals.

Here we see the Cleveland Cavaliers power forward with his mouth configured in what is known as a "Loose Forward Lip Purse." This is significant for either clandestine disagreement or, as is exemplified here - clandestine plans. This is the moment he is deciding to kiss Ms. Clifton.

Moreover, those who make a forward lip purse believe they are a relative alpha to those with whom they're interacting/thinking about - AND they also believe they have a high probability of executing their plan successfully. It is important to differentiate this from other similar body language/facial expressions such as a "Tight Forward Lip Purse" or a "Lateral Lip Purse".

Here we see a low grade, social fear face - sometimes called a social etiquette fear face. It occurs during moments of embarrassment (although certainly there are many other nonverbals for this emotion). In this setting as well as with other subtypes of lower levels of fear - we see the mouth corners pulled backwards - but not as far and with much less downwards vectoring of either lip compared with high levels of fear. In the initial seconds of dramatic fear, the upper lip covers the upper teeth as it is pulled down and as the lower lip pulls down as well - exposing the bottom teeth.

This image also shows the tightening of Thompson's neck muscles - the dynamics of which are best appreciated by viewing the video above. 

The fact that Thompson's eyes are turned toward the camera during the kiss tells us where he is placing his priority - with being a showboat, not with Ms. Clifton.

Additionally, the fact that his eyes are open during a kiss betrays that he is in a moment of low affection.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2986: Fury (2014 Film) - Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Acting & Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2819: Erik Spoelstra, Loose Forward Lip Purse and Clandestine Disagreement

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2900: Lionel Messi and the Lateral Lip Purse

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2974: André Benjamin on Playing Jimi Hendrix - Body Language of Embarrassment - David Letterman

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2122:  Eyes White and Wide -  Three Body Language Examples with  Two Different Emotional Causes

Dating & Romance Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1010: Rashida Jones & What Makes the Twinkle in Her Eye?


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2986: Fury (2014 Film) - Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Acting & Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Too often we give actors a free pass because of their fame, the accomplishments of the director, the plot of the film, the level of action, the realism of the set/props, etc. "Fury" starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood - was released yesterday in U.S. theaters. What follows is a nonverbal analysis from just two moments of the movie. Does the body language of the actors fit the context? Are they accurate and proportional to the scene?

Here Pitt's character (Don "Wardaddy" Collier) just learns about a new assistant driver for his tank crew (Norman "Machine" Ellison - played by Logan Lerman).

This image shows Pitt in a moment of combined frustration and anger. The mouth alone has several components. Note the how thinned his lips are - this is highly characteristic of anger. Pitt's teeth are clenched - otherwise we would be additionally seeing a full Inward Lip Roll (ILR) - this is a partial one because of his clenched teeth. A full ILR expression is a nonverbal which is unfortunately very rarely utilized in acting. Pitt's jaw is also jutted forward along with nostril flaring. His bilateral near-complete eyelid closure signifies a highly emotional processing of new information and its associated anger-frustration. The additional MAP (manipulator, adaptor, pacifier) of Pitt wiping his hand tightly backwards over the top of the head is highly correlative to frustration-anger.

Pitt's Nonverbal Grade in this acting moment: A

Here Lerman's character is firing his machine gun. His character initially hesitated because of fear and that is what emotion he's trying to project. However higher levels of fear are difficult for most actors to replicate accurately.

One thing that is nearly impossible to for any actor to perform is to consciously make their pupils dilate - as they would in moments of great fear. Photoshop/CGI can be used to replicate this, but great care must be used so as not to misplace or eliminate the corneal reflections.

Pupils aside, Lerman's eyelids should be opened wider than we see here. His nostril flaring is being performed well (accurate for this level of fear) - however his mouth's morphology is not acting nearly as good. The corners of his mouth, while they are being pulled back here and somewhat downwards - are a bit off. When the mouth corners are pulled backwards but primarily the upper teeth are exposed - with little or no exposure of the lower teeth, this is consistent with lower levels of fear (such as social embarrassment). However when the fear is dramatic (such as for the very high levels of fear as would be occurring in this moment of life and death), the lower lip is pulled down much more so - thus we should see no upper teeth - but his lower teeth should be dramatically exposed.

Logan Lerman's grade for this moment: B-

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2985: Penélope Cruz is Esquires's 2014 Sexiest Woman Alive - Body Language of Flirting

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 353: Brad Pitt's Smiling Eyes - Sincere and Insincere Smiles

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2434:  Brad Pitt's Tongue-in-Cheek regarding  Reasons for Choosing to Work on "World War Z"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2983: Shia LaBeouf on His Arrest on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1858:  What the Eyes Do - Transitioning from Mild to Severe Anger

Nonverbal Communication Quiz-Analysis No. 2869: Barack Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Reform, The Rose Garden 30 June 2014 - Sincere or Insincere?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2274: The Eyes & Mouth of Fear - Body Language of Ahmed Dogan during Attempted Assassination

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2874: Truck Driver Calls Out Cop for Speeding and Talking on Cell Phone


Friday, October 17, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2985: Penélope Cruz is Esquires's 2014 Sexiest Woman Alive - Body Language of Flirting (PHOTOS)

Earlier this week Esquire Magazine named Penélope Cruz as their 2014 "Sexiest Woman Alive". The body language cluster that the Spanish beauty displays in the above image is one that most men find particularly provocative and one all women can use to allure.

This configuration is classically flirtatious and irresistible - looking backwards over a mildly raised shoulder with the head tilted down so that the eyes are looking up. This make the eyes appear larger and is a nonverbal combination that will captivate many males while engendering feelings strength and dominance. Her slightly open mouth, with hair partially covering her eyes as well as bare shoulders all amplify this "come hither" look. The stroking of her hair and lower back arching completes this seductive series.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2984: Florida Gubernatorial Debate (Fangate) - Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2981: Wendy Davis, the Governor of Texas, Book Covers and Projecting the Wrong Emotions

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2877: Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez Dating - Thumbs Forward Arms Akimbo

Romance, Flirting & Dating  Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1752:  Wearing Red and Sexual Attraction  What are You Marketing?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2422:  Amy Adams on Jimmy Kimmel -  Body Language, Flirting and Dating

Romance, Marriage and Dating - Body Language Secret # 609: Going from High Heels to Flats and then back to Heels

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2982: Politicians Should Never Do This If They Want To Be Elected - Hillary Clinton's Body Language Faux Pas


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2984: Florida Gubernatorial Debate (Fangate) - Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Last night, Florida's current Governor (Rick Scott, republican) and former Governor (Charlie Crist, now a democrat who previously served the same office as a republican) participated in a debate which had a bizarre beginning. It took Crist about two minutes to get on stage while it took about another five minutes for Governor Scott to show up.

I've prepared many a politician for debates, yet I've never seen this ultimate body language error - no "body" present. Wow. Both camps made mistakes, although Scott made the bigger one here. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis:

Many in the military or former military personnel would take offense to a lazy salute in a non-military context (0:39 - 0:40). Although he intended it to be friendly, this was not wise of Gov. Crist in a debate scenario.

After the moderator first addresses the issue of the fan Gov. Crist, clears his throat and covers his mouth (1:23) and then (see below) ....

.... during 1:23 - 1:24, he exhibits a very brief eyebrow flash along with a contraction of his entire forehead width.

This throat clearing, mouth cover, eyebrow flash, forehead contraction body language cluster indicate an embarrassment-anxiety of Gov. Crist.

Because Crist had walked over to the opposite side of the stage, he was not prepared when Scott finally walked out on stage and he shook Scott's hand. Crist turned his back to the audience - which is a major body language mistake. He also did not have his body parallel to Scott's which is also a significant hand shake faux pas.

Governor Crist received the first question, "Why did you insist on bringing a fan here when your campaign knew this would be a contentious issue?"

Crist answers, "Why not? <laughter> You know it's ah, is there anything wrong with being comfortable? I don't think there is. Having compassion with other people? <tongue jut> We, we did fine. Thank you Elliott."

This tongue jut signifies Crist believes, he almost got away with bad behavior - yet he was caught (5:15).

Maps and Surrogate MAPs (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) - rubbing his fingers and playing with pen - during 5:20 - 5:23. A significant anxiety indicator, particularly within the context of a high level political debate.

The Moderator asks, "And Governor Scott, why the delay in coming out over a fan?"

Gov. Scott answers, "He said, he said he was going to come to the debate - so why come out until he's ready? Well I waited, see, p- (inaudible), tell til we figured out if he was going to show up. He said he wasn't going to come to the ah, ah he was he said he was going to come to the debate - so why come out until he's ready?"

Then (5:31) Gov. Scott immediately looks down to his right - the quadrant where we tend to look when we're sad or feeling shame.

His mouth simultaneously assumes a configuration of regret

Gov. Scott's verbal explanation simply does not make sense. With lots of stuttering and misspeaking, this is highly congruent with the high anxiety of of his nonverbal behavior. This congruency is another strong indicator of deception, shame and regret.

Immediately following, during 5:33 - 5:35, Governor Scott's eyes then open very widely, with a relaxed forehead and a false mouth smile.

This nonverbal cluster indicates an extremely insincere smile. It is not to be trusted even in an otherwise honest person. If seen often - it is a huge red flag. Stay away.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2983: Shia LaBeouf on His Arrest on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1907:  Governor Rick Scott tells a Lie

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2725: Ted Nugent: Calls Barack Obama, "a Subhuman Mongrel" - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1706: Amanda Knox Interview after Guilty Verdict - Body Language Tells 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2586: Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game" - Microexpression and Macroexpression of Regret - Harrison's Brand and the Stanislavski Method

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2408:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte's Anxiety & Regret via  Senators Graham & McCain -  Republican Body Language in Response to  President Obama's National Defense University Speech


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2983: Shia LaBeouf on His Arrest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Shia LaBeouf was on Jimmy Kimmel Live on this past Monday night. During his appearance he gave a lengthy version of his June 2014 arrest in New York City.

During the 4:48 - 4:49 segment, LaBeouf can be seen briefly sitting on his hands. This particular nonverbal signal is a variety of MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier). It's anxiety indicator and more specifically it signals a momentary shift toward a significantly beta emotional tone. Of course, LaBeouf is an alpha male - yet all dominant personalities have their demure moments. And talking about getting arrested on National T.V. will bring out the beta in most of us.

Depending on the other nonverbals with which it is clustered, sitting on one's hands can also indicate an attempt to keep a secret or outright deception.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2982: Politicians Should Never Do This If They Want To Be Elected - Hillary Clinton's Body Language Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2427:  Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik -  Body Language & Beta Behavior

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2534: Bill and Hillary are going to be Grandparents; President Clinton's Body Language is Telling Us that Chelsea is Pregnant

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2821: Sara Bareilles, A Broken Wing, Emotional Comfort, and High Heels

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2591: Chris Christie on Romney's Campaign Vetting Leak, Body Language Tells  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2751: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp, Gina Meyers and Body Language

Negotiation Secret # 70:  Denial & Anger - The Sting - Body Language Tells


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2982: Politicians Should Never Do This If They Want To Be Elected - Hillary Clinton's Body Language Faux Pas (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

If you want to build rapport with an audience or the voting public, don't do what Hillary Clinton does throughout much of this video clip. She is being poorly coached regarding her body language. While it is true that a conventional steeple does project power along with assertiveness and an alpha persona - it should be used extremely sparingly, only for a second or two and at very specific and important moments of a speech, interview or debate.

As with most alpha signals, those who use them tend to over-use them - which is exactly what Mrs. Clinton is doing during this speech. The logic that "more is better" absolutely does not apply here. So what in very small doses is an alpha nonverbal, when used just a bit more becomes a rapport destroyer. Too much conventional steeple projects arrogance, condescending and patronizing emotional tones. It destroys likability. And likability is THE primary influencing factor when it comes to winning over the swing-voter. The largest component of likability is the nonverbal portion followed by vocal qualities (aka paralanguage) with the actual words being spoken counting for a distant third.

When we like someone, we strongly tend to minimize our disagreements. And when someone is disliked, we artificially hyper-inflate those same points of contention. Likability is of course a commonly polled metric in the political world - yet essentially no one breaks it down to its components or has any systematic way of improving upon it. Thus politicians who rely on their autopilot will often crash and burn.

Mrs. Clinton's prolonged eyelid closure further amplifies her negative emotional projection. This nonverbal cluster is extremely disengaging and distancing.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2981: Wendy Davis, the Governor of Texas, Book Covers and Projecting the Wrong Emotions

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2304: It Came from Outer Space - Russian Meteor Event over Chelyabinsk - Don't Confuse this Reflex with Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2782: Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe - Body Language ... and Not

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2919: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - Friends? - will they Hug it Out?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2949: Hillary Clinton at Maya Angelou's Tribute - a Body Language Signal of ....  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2847: Eric Cantor, Concession Speeches and Low Affection 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2414:  Sen. John McCain after his Trip to Syria -  Body Language of Regret and Contempt  


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2981: Wendy Davis, the Governor of Texas, Book Covers and Projecting the Wrong Emotions (PHOTO)

Wendy Davis is running for Governor of Texas. She's an underdog - currently polls say she's about 12 points down vs. Greg Abbott.

As do many who run for high office, she recently published her memoir, "Forgetting to Be Afraid". The story of her life to date has been a difficult one and many would not have overcome similar adversity. Yet the nonverbal messages as well as other components of her book cover works against her.

Let's look a couple of the easy issues first. Having two negatives words in the title has a destructive psychological effect. Alternatives such as: "Another helping of Courage", "Backbone", "Texas Courage" or "Texas Grit", etc. would have a much stronger message - and also one consistent with positive leadership.

Another amateur and basic mistake here (a' la the first of the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy Presidential Debates) is a background which is almost the same shade as Ms. Davis' shirt. This is a nonverbal metaphor for lack of strength, low definition and a beta personality. Nixon blended in, Kennedy stood out. This is a classic lesson in American political circles - learn from history.

Her smile is also insincere. This is a specific example of what in body language parlance is known as a "social smile" and what most everyone will label as "she doesn't really want to be here" or "she doesn't like me but she's pretending to" or "I belong here and you don't" or "insincerity/fake/inauthentic" or worse. From a strict nonverbal analysis perspective, what additional specific emotion is being projected here? When it comes to book covers, certainly not everyone has to be smiling. However in the context of a book, the purpose of which is to get her elected - the emotions her face is projecting are profoundly important. This is not the face of a person who you would want to baby sit or from whom you would buy a house. Nor is it one any politician should adopt who wants to get elected.

Most all nonverbal novices oversimplify "hand(s) in pockets" signals. A politician should NEVER have their hands in their pockets. NEVER. At best it projects signals of passive, beta, and unassertive emotional tones. Depending on the other nonverbals with which it is clustered, it can also send feelings of deception and cowardice. In this particular pose, secondary sexual signals suggest additional ambivalence. This and similar hand-in-pocket configurations have in the last several years become more popular for male actors posing on the red carpet. If you want to project strength, action, assertiveness, and alpha qualities - get your hands out of your pockets.

In summary, Wendy Davis' nonverbal signals on this book cover are not building rapport or engendering a leadership image - but destroying them. With regards to the book's cover and in other political nonverbals and behaviorals - she has been ill-advised.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2980: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Thinks Women Should Not Ask for Raises and should Trust in Karma

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2424:  Giada De Laurentiis on Conan O'Brien  Beautiful Teeth but Insincere Smiles and  Some Body Language Signals of Waning Love

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2596: What Motivates Ted Cruz's Regarding Anti-Obamacare, Body Language Tells on Jay Leno

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2705: Congressman Michael Grimm Apology - Sincere or Not? Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2546: Miss America Nina Davuluri, A Beautiful Woman - but What of Her Smile?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2870: Cate Blanchett and a Subtle Body Language Signal of Insincere Laughter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2331  Sheryl Sandberg on Time Cover - Magazine Brass Picked Completely Wrong Image - Her Body Language has the Opposite Message of the Article