Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3856: "Belle" Clip - Beauty and the Beast - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





In this latest trailer of Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson who stars as the lead protagonist "Belle" - sings a song by the same name.



























There goes the baker with his tray, like always,
The same old bread and rolls to sell,
Ev'ry morning just the same,
Since the morning that we came,
To this poor provincial town.

From the perspective of body language, in this moment (captured in the image above during the 0:10 as she sings "... always ..."), Watson's character Belle is projecting a particular impishly playful expression. When a suppressed mouth smile accompanies a unilateral, elevated eyebrow - it indicates and projects mischievousness and often flirtation.

A head tilt - elevated on the same side as the elevated eyebrow - acts to amplify this emotion message.

Whenever you see such a face, take heed - for your Emotional Intelligence should immediately tell you that this person is thinking-feeling in a "deliberately naughty" manner - and you can bet there's a clandestine plan in the works (although it's not always "Rated G").


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3855: Mike Pence regarding Donald Trump and Michael Flynn at NATO Headquarters

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3851: Donald Trump's Impromptu Press Conference - "Russia is a Ruse"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3819: Turkey's Parliament, Presidential Powers and Constitutional Amendments

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3798: Elle Fanning, Channing Tatum and Dialing Up the Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3782: Zoey Deutch, Ryan Seacrest and Embarrassment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3760: Rory McIlroy's "Little Interviews"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3688: Vladimir Putin, Phone calls, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3835: Beauty and the Beast – Official Final Trailer

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3855: Mike Pence regarding Donald Trump and Michael Flynn at NATO Headquarters - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Earlier today, US Vice President, Mike Pence gave a very strong statement in support of NATO while visiting its headquarters in Brussels. As many have noted, this stance is very different compared with Donald Trump's calling NATO "Obsolete". Moreover when asked if NATO should be "gotten rid of?", Trump responded, "It’s possible. It’s possible. I would certainly look at it..."

What follows is a portion of the transcript from Vice President Pence's press conference at NATO Headquarters (corresponding to the first 44 seconds of the above video) as well as a nonverbal analysis.

Journalist: I wanted to you about the dismissal of General Flynn, ah, recently, um, did you feel like you were misled, or, by members of the Trump administration - or were you frustrated that you were left out of the loop on this situation? And What assurances have you received from President Trump that something like this will not happen again?

Mike Pence: Let me say, I'm, I am very grateful - for the close working relationship I have with - the President of the United States and [deep inhale] um, [more inhale] and um [inhale] and it, it, I - I, I would tell that - I, I was disappointed to learn [deep inhalation, head turn+tilt] that this, the, um, [deep inhalation] the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn, ah, were inaccurate, um ... 

End of (Partial) Transcript, Nonverbal Analysis begins below:

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"Let me say, I'm, I am very grateful - for the close working relationship I have with - the President of the United States."

Just after he says, "... I'm ...," the VP begins to smile. It's not a full smile - it's suppressed. It's asymmetrical (a phenomenon very common with suppressed smiles) - and biased to his right. Importantly, it's also an insincere smile.



























Let me say, I'm, I am very grateful - for the close working relationship I have with - the President of the United States. 

This image was captured during the first syllable of "... grateful ..." Note that as Mr. Pence says this word he turns (rotates) his head away from the journalist asking the question - while maintaining eye contact. And he's still suppressing his insincere smile.

Turing our head away from the person with whom we're speaking when we're making such an important declaration indicates high anxiety and is consistent with deception.



























Let me say, I'm, I am very grateful [continued suppressed and insincere smile] for the close working relationship I have with - the President of the United States.

Smiling insincerely is something we all do - unfortunately, many of us much more compared with our frequency of smiling sincerely. Those who appear on camera often commit this nonverbal faux pas with even greater frequency - and most politicians even more so (they're always running for re-election). Yet, still a person should smile when the emotion is contextual - if it's not "normal for context" then it's a profound red flag.

The fact that the Vice President did not first answer the questions asked of him - and instead made a statement about being grateful for his close professional relationship with Donald Trump - and all the while trying to smile, but only pushing out an insincere one - is a highly suspicious cluster of verbal and nonverbal behavior.

While a classic "Duping Delight" smile is a partially suppressed, out of context smile - it is sincere. However if when we see a suppressed smile - and it's insincere, but also out of context - it shares some of the similar suspicion.

Summary: Vice President Pence's smiling out of context is feigned. Because this occurred when he was answering a question regarding a very important matter - the controversy regarding the circumstances which led to the firing of General Flynn - in which he played a central role - it strongly suggests a high level of insincerity with his answer-non answer. His simultaneous, frequent stuttering, multiple deep inhalations and head turning away during this same statement - are all congruent with and thus reinforcing the conclusion that Mike Pence was being deceptive.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3854: Donald Trump's Press Conference - "I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3852: Donald Trump's Impromptu Press Conference - Part II - "Are they friends of yours?"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3850: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and Michael Flynn - Press Conference

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3839: Andrew Garfield, Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling - Embarrassment, Protection, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3823: Nina Dobrev, Flyboarding, Laughter and a Rapport/Bonding Amplifier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3739: Hillary Clinton's Statement regarding FBI Probe

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3699: The Tulsa Police and the Shooting Death of Terence Crutcher

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3676: Colin Kaepernick Says He Be Sitting Down During the National Anthem


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3854: Donald Trump's Press Conference - "I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life" - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





During his press conference on Thursday, President Trump was asked about, "... an uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it ...". Mr. Trump's response was immediately one of the most controversial of the entire presser.

What follows is the transcript of that portion of the event, followed by a partial body language analysis of a crucial component.


DONALD TRUMP (continuing at 1:04:01 in the above video) :  Wait, let's see who's - I want to find a friendly reporter. You [inaudible] -

JAKE TURXRight here, I'm friendly

TRUMP:  Are you a friendly reporter?

TURX:  I'm friendly

TRUMP:  Watch how friendly he is. 

TURX:  I've been, I've been - I've been good to you -

TRUMP:  Now wait, wait - watch how friendly he is. Go ahead. 

TURX:  I've been good to you the entire campaign Mr. President. 

TRUMP: Go ahead.

TURX:  So - first of all, my name is Jake Turx, from Ami Magazine and I, despite what some of my colleagues may ah, have been reporting, I haven't seen anybody in my community, ah, accuse either yourself or any, ah, anyone on your staff of being anti-Semitic. Ah, we understand that you have Jewish grandchildren. You are their zayde ("Zadye" is a Yiddish, deeply affectionate term for “grandfather”).

TRUMP: Thank you.

TURX: However - what we are concerned about - and what we haven't really, ah, heard being addressed is an uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it. There's been a report out that 48, ah, ah - bomb threats have been made against Jewish centers all across the country in the last couple of weeks. There are people who are committing anti-Semitic acts, or threatening to -

DONALD TRUMP: [over-talking] You see, said - he was going to ask a very simple, easy question - and it's not. It's not. Not a f-, not a simple question, not a fair question. OK. Sit down. I, I understand the rest of your question.

So here's the story folks. Ah, number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. Number two - racism - the least racist person. 

In fact we did very well relative to other people running as a Republican. 

TURX: Inaudible

TRUMP: Quiet, quiet, quiet. See he lied about - he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple question. So you know, it's welcome to the world of the media. But let me just tell you something, that, um - I hate the charge. I find it repulsive. I hate even the question because people that know me and you heard the prime minister, you heard, ah - Betanyahu [sic], [mispronounciation] yesterday, did you hear him? Bibi. He said, "I've known Donald Trump for a long time" and then he said - "forget it". See you should take that instead of having to get up and ask ah, a very insulting question like that.


End of (Partial) Transcript, Analysis begins below:

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1:04:14, Disgust display after Trump said, "Go ahead."



























1:04:15, Tight Tongue Jut indicating the thought-emotions of, "Disgust, Disdain and Repulsion".



























1:04:31, just prior to the "Tongue Exit" of a second "Tight Tongue Jut". Notice the tightening and forward protruding of the lips and adjacent tissue - as well as the retraction of the jaw and dimpling of the front of the chin.


























1:04:46, a hyperbolic Forward Lip Purse indicating disagreement and a plan of action (both are very often kept clandestine).


























1:04:49, Disgust + Anger


























1:04:50, yet another Tight Tongue Jut




























1:04:52 - 1:04:53, Tight Forward Lip Purse - a signal for clandestine disagreement/clandestine plan mixed with a secondary, lesser component of anger



























1:04:53 - 1:04:54, Contempt

























1:04:55, Looking away during contempt (or disgust or anger) amplifies the contempt (a "Contempt Amplifier").

























1:04:58, Palm down gestures - leads to lower audience recall - it's authoritative, dismissive and rapport destroying.


Summary: President Trump's rapid sequence of nonverbal displays are profoundly non-contextual relative to the question being asked.


See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3851: Donald Trump's Impromptu Press Conference - "Russia is a Ruse"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3849: Donald Trump's and Justin Trudeau's Relative Confidence Levels During Yesterday's Press Conference

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3829: Mary Tyler Moore - Flirtatious, Sexy, Alpha Female Smile 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3794: Racist Rant at Jefferson Mall in Louisville

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3765: Conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald - See each other directly for the first time

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3655: Rescue In Baton Rouge Floodwater

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3710: Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte Compares Himself With Hitler


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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3853: Tom Hiddleston, a School Play and Eddie Redmayne - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





It seems that once upon a time, Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne were in a school play together. In this video, Hiddleston recounts the childhood experience.

Although we often tend to think of them as 'good liars' - for we want them to suspend our disbelief - when they are not 'in character' (when they are 'in their own skin') actors are no better at fooling us than the average person.
























In the first few seconds of the above video, Hiddleston develops anxiety when Graham Norton brings up the subject of the school play. Tom rapidly becomes embarrassed - evidenced by his blushing (easy to see despite the orange-red background) and a sincere smile - albeit a suppressed one.

In this image captured above Hiddleston displays relaxed forehead muscles, partially closed eyelids, lower eyelids with concave-up dynamic furrows, upward vectored and contracting cheek muscles. And yet none of his teeth are on display, for his lips are tighten while he tries not to laugh (or fully smile).

Hiddleston is also reaching for his nose.
























The most common cause for touching of one's face is anxiety (regardless of its degree or the specific cause) - and the vast majority of times (98+%), we are not even aware we're doing so.

While the touching of the nose may be correlated with deception - this is not true for all hand-to-nose contact. When the nose is pulled or pinched between the thumb and forefinger (index finger) it too indicates anxiety - but more specifically it signals a 'dialing up of alpha qualities'. The psyche recognizes the need for an up-regulation to stronger, more assertive qualities - and the action of this MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) helps us to do so. It's analogous to a slap in the face or a splash of cold water causing one's emotions to be 'jump started' and thus redirected.

The nose pinch/nose pull is but one many examples of alpha up-regulators. What others can you name?


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3852: Donald Trump's Impromptu Press Conference - Part II - "Are they friends of yours?"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3850: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and Michael Flynn - Press Conference

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3848: Donald Trump's and Justin Trudeau's Handshake

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3836: President Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch for The Supreme Court

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3821: Alicia Keys Sings for Charlie Rose - Sincerity Amplifiers

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3510: Lindsey Graham - The Senator Picks His Poison: Ted Cruz vs. Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3485: Chris Christie's Facial Expressions standing behind Donald Trump - Bad Body Language on Super Tuesday

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


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3852: Donald Trump's Impromptu Press Conference - Part II - "Are they friends of yours?" - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





One of the most controversial portions of Donald Trump's impromptu press conference on Thursday occurred when he spoke in what many have said was a prejudice and patronizing manner to April Ryan. Ms. Ryan is a journalist and White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks. She who also happens to be African-American.

This post includes, first a partial transcript from that portion of the presser - followed by body language analysis.


TRUMP (continuing at 1:12:45): ....We have to help African American people that, for the most part, are stuck there. Hispanic [longer pause] American people. We have Hispanic American people that are in the inner cities - and they're living in hell. I mean, you look at the numbers - in Chicago. There are two Chicagos, as you know.

There's one Chicago that's [in]credible, luxurious and all - and safe. There's another Chicago that's worse than - almost any of the places in the Middle East that we talk about, and that you talk about every night on the newscasts. So, we're going to do a lot of work on the inner cities.

I have great people lined up to help with the inner cities. OK?

RYAN:  Well, when you say the inner cities [tight tongue jut at 1:13:27] are you going - are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President [eyebrow flash x 2 at 1:13:30] in your conversations with your - your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as -

DONALD TRUMP:  Am I going to include who?

RYAN:  Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional -

DONALD TRUMP: Well, I would. I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?

RYAN:  - Hispanic Caucus -

DONALD TRUMP:  Do you want to set up the meeting?

RYAN:  No - no - no. I'm not -

DONALD TRUMP:  Are they friends of yours?

RYAN:  I'm just a reporter.

DONALD TRUMP: Well, then set up the meeting.

RYAN:  I know some of them, but I'm sure they're watching right now.

DONALD TRUMP:  Let's go set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it's great, the Congressional Black Caucus.  I think it's great. Ummm [intermediate tongue jut at 1:13:53] I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings and he was all excited. And then he said, well, I can't move, it might be bad for me politically. I can't have that meeting.  I was all set to have the meeting. You know, we called him and called him. And he was all set. I spoke to him on the phone, very nice guy.

End of (Partial) Transcript, Analysis begins below:


























During 1:13:26 (as April Ryan is saying, "Well, when you say"), Trump's mouth and the region around his mouth tightens (image immediately above). This very brief configuration of the mouth is similar to what an infant's face will display, just as he's about to spit out food he dislikes.
























A second later, during 1:13:27 (as April Ryan is saying, "the inner cities"), Trump's eyelids almost completely close as he displays a "Tight Tongue Jut". A tight tongue jut is an indication of disdain, disgust and feelings of being repulsed by a person, thing or idea (e.g., "I want to spit it out").


























President Trump displays another Tongue Jut during 1:13:53 just after he says, "I think it's great. Ummm" and just before he says, "I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings and he was all excited". His mouth is not held as tightly this time - thus this tongue jut is intermediate between a "Tight Tongue Jut" and a "Loose Tongue Jut".

While a tight tongue jut indicates disdain, disgust and repulsion. A loose tongue jut indicates "I've been caught" or "I've been (or about to be) bad". Thus a loose tongue jut often is seen just prior to a lie being spoken. Intriguingly, this correlates with what Representative Cummings said shortly after President Trump made this statement. Cummings went on the record saying he, "... didn’t know why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today."
























Now lets go back a few seconds to when Ms. Ryan spoke this passage:

RYAN:  Well, when you say the inner cities, are you going - are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President [see below] in your conversations with your - your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as -

Just after she says the word, "President", Trump turns toward Ms. Ryan and displays two quick eyebrow flashes (during 1:13:30). An "eyebrow flash" is a very quick and brief upward movement of the eyebrows. There were also simultaneous partial (almost complete) eyelid closures. This points strongly to Trump not knowing what Ms. Ryan had meant when she used the acronym "CBC". Some people have suggested (including Ms. Ryan) that the President may not have heard her. However if, when a crucial word is not heard in the context of an important conversation, the eyebrows don't just flash - rather they stay elevated. And importantly, in such a scenario the eyelids don't move in the opposite direction of the eyebrows resulting in partial closure (e.g., eyelids moving down, while eyebrows moving up). This opposite motion dynamic is correlated with insincerity (as well as contempt and disgust).

Please watch this exchange at 1/2 speed and then at full speed to more fully appreciate this somewhat subtle and evanescent nonverbal display.

The implication that one black person must know all black people is certainly an example of prejudice. Such statements also indicate an overall low empathy quotient. Moreover, the dramatically out-of-context suggestion that Ms. Ryan should "set up a meeting" is both prejudice and patronizing.


Yet the specific reason - the trigger - which caused Mr. Trump to act in this manner and in this moment was precipitated by his desire to draw attention away from the fact he did not know what "CBC" had meant. It was as a loud, rude and prejudice act of misdirection in order to avoid this from being discovered.

Body Language Summary: Donald Trump displayed nonverbal signals of disdain, disgust and repulsion during this exchange with journalist April Ryan. President Trump's body language indicates he lied he spoke of Representative Cummings cancelling a meeting with him for political motives. Trump was unaware that "CBC" is an acronym for the Congressional Black Caucus.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3851: Donald Trump's Impromptu Press Conference - "Russia is a Ruse"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3849: Donald Trump's and Justin Trudeau's Relative Confidence Levels During Yesterday's Press Conference

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3847: Stephen Miller (Senior Advisor to Donald Trump)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3841: Tom Brady's and Roger Goodell's Handshake after Super Bowl LI

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3806: The Bachelor Nick Viall Awkwardly Reunites with Ex-Girlfriends Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe on Jimmy Kimmel

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3634: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic National Convention, Emails and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3563: Ariana Grande, Lip Stick, Microexpressions and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3504: Raúl Castro Lifts Barack Obama's Arm at Press Conference


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3851: Donald Trump's Impromptu Press Conference - "Russia is a Ruse" - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





If you haven't heard the news - today, Richard Nixon's infamous press conference was eclipsed. You remember that one, don't you? - the one when he declared, "... I am not a crook!"

What follows is a partial transcript concentrating on a portion of President Donald Trump's impromptu press conference (16 February 2017) - when subject of alleged communications with Russian officials during the presidential campaign (and prior to Mr. Trump's inauguration) were discussed, followed by a body language analysis - as well as some statement analysis.

DONALD TRUMP (Beginning at 1:01:57 in the above video): Ahhh, Yes? Go ahead.

QUESTION:  Thank you. I was just hoping that we could get a yes or no answer on one of these questions involving Russia. Can you say whether you are aware that anyone who advised your campaign had contacts with Russia during the course of the election?

DONALD TRUMP:  Well I told you, General Flynn obviously was dealing. So that's one person. But he was dealing, as he should have been [Loose Tongue Jut]. (1:02:17)

QUESTION:  During the election?

DONALD TRUMP:  No. N- [stutter], Nobody that I know of. Nobody...

QUESTION:  So you're not aware of any contact during the course..

DONALD TRUMP:  Look, look, look...

QUESTION:  ... of the election?

DONALD TRUMP:  How many times do I have to answer this question?

QUESTION:  Can you just say yes or no on that?

TRUMP: Russia is a ruse.

Yeah, I know you have to get up and ask a question. It's so important.

Russia is a ruse [lack of palmar touch to chest]. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven't made a phone call to Russia in years. Don't speak to people from Russia. Not that I wouldn't. I just have nobody to speak to.

I spoke to Putin twice. He called me - on the election. I told you this. And he called me on the inauguration, a few days ago.

We had a very [pause] good talk, especially the second one, lasted for a pretty long period of time. I'm sure you probably get it because it was classified. So I'm sure everybody in this room perhaps has it. But - we had a very, very good talk.

I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my ta- [stutter] knowledge no person that I deal with does. [Looks down to his right. Eyelids closing while eyebrows elevating].


Now, Manafort has totally denied it. He d - [stutter] denied it. Now people knew that he was a consultant over in that part of the world for a while, but not for Russia. I think he represented Ukraine or people having to do with Ukraine, or people that - whoever. But people knew that. Everybody knew that.

QUESTION:  But in his capacity as your campaign manager, was he in touch with Russian officials during the election?

DONALD TRUMP:  I have - You know what? He said no. I could only tell you what he - now he was replaced long before the election. You know that, right?

He was replaced long before the election. When all of this stuff started coming out, it came out during the election. But Paul Manafort, who's a good man - also by the way, Paul Manafort was replaced long before the - election took place. He was only there for a short period of time.


End of (Partial) Transcript, Analysis begins below:
























During 1:02:17, immediately after he says, "Well I told you, Gen. Flynn obviously was dealing. So that's one person. But he was dealing, as he should have been" - Donald Trump displays a Loose Tongue Jut. A loose tongue jut indicates the thought-emotion of "I've been bad" or "I've been caught" (Navarro). (It's important to not confuse this with a "Tight Tongue Jut" which has an entirely different meaning).

























During 1:02:31 - 1:02:32, as he says, ".... I have nothing to do with Russia ...", Mr. Trump touches his chest. If you look carefully though, you'll see he places only his fingers and thumbs on his chest - while his the palms of his hands are not touching it. This lack of "Palmar Touching" is a strong indication of insincerity. Indeed this gesture (MAP - Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) is often used in a deliberately hyperbolic fashion when people are satirizing an accusation of which they are obviously guilty - but pretending (exaggerating) to be innocent (e.g., "Who? Me?"). This gesture is so often used in this manner - that it's long since become a cliche'.



























During multiple and particularly telling occasions, Donald Trump looks down and to his right when denying any involvement with him or his campaign staff communicating with Russian officials. Perhaps the most crucial occasion occurs during the 1:03:04 - 1:03:5 segment, as he says, "To the best of my ta- [stutter] knowledge no person that I deal with does."

Eye contact has a strong tendency to either increase or decrease while telling a lie (rather than keeping steady at the statistically 'normal' intermediate percentages [roughly 30 - 70%]). When eye contact does increase during deception - it tends also to be a stare - eye contact that is held for a few seconds 'too long' - and may very well feel emotionally uncomfortable or suspicious to its recipient.

However, in the other extreme, when eye contact does decrease during deception - the direction of gaze in which most people look is down and to their right (Notice Nixon also looks down to his right as he says, "... I have never obstructed justice.").

Another profound detail to note here is the eyelid - eyebrow dynamic. For while Trump's eyebrows elevate upward, the eyelids are momentarily mostly closed (please watch on 1/2 or even 1/4 speed to catch this detail as it cannot be fully appreciated in a still image). This opposite motion of these two adjacent tissues looks unnatural and is strongly indicative of insincerity and deception.

The stuttering of the President should also not be overlooked - for it's correlated with anxiety (thus overlapping with deception behavior) occurring in this important sentence and several other times in this particular passage.

From a paralanguage perspective (more specifically a "Statement Analysis" point-of-view) there are several key tells in Trump's statements.

The phrases, "To the best of my knowledge", "How many times do I have to answer this question?", "Nobody that I know of" as well as Trump's simple lack of directly answering the question either "yes" or "no" - are all strongly correlated with deception.

Moreover, while the occasional consecutive use of the word "very" is faux pas of which all adults may occasionally be guilty - when "very, very" is used with any kind of appreciable frequency, it's not only a repetition of an adverb - it's also a profound indicator of insincerity and will often be accompanied by simultaneous nonverbal insincerity signals.

And while it's common knowledge that Donald Trump spoke on the phone recently with Vladimir Putin - his statement regarding these conversations was immediately juxtaposed with his declaration of the opposite: "Haven't made a phone call to Russia in years. Don't speak to people from Russia." This very literal contradiction is also correlative with deception and is what some refer to as a "Freudian Slip".


See also:


Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3850: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and Michael Flynn - Press Conference 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3848: Donald Trump Hosts Justin Trudeau - Alpha Behavior and Handshakes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3846: Donald Trump, Shinzō Abe and Handshake Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3839: Andrew Garfield, Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3823: Nina Dobrev, Flyboarding, Laughter and a Rapport/Bonding Amplifier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2814: Claire Foy's recounting of Meeting Kate Winslet

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3799: Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia - Full Lips and Lip Pursing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3657: Abbey D'Agnostino, Nikki Hamblin and the Olympic Spirit

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 323: I am Not a Crook! 


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3850: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and Michael Flynn - Press Conference - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





On Wednesday President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. The two heads-of-state also held a press conference, from which an entire semester's worth of nonverbal behavior could be cited and studied. The following includes but one example (yet an intriguing one).

Donald Trump (beginning at 10:29): We'll take a couple of questions. David Brody, that's - Christian Broadcasting. David?

David Brody: Thank you, Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister.  Ah, Both of you have cra- criticized [stutters] the Iran nuclear deal and at times even called for its repeal. I'm wondering if you're concerned at all, a, a, as it relates to not just the um, national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who is recently [stutters] no longer here, but also some of those events that have going on with communication of Russia - if that is gonna hamper this deal at all and whether or not it would keep Iran from becoming a nuclear state?...























During 10:56, as Mr. Brody says, "... here, but also ...", President Trump displays a facial expression that is brief - yet not quite as short as a microexpression

Specifically, the left side of his mouth pulls up and laterally. This is a combined emotional expression of Contempt (approximately 60%) - amalgamated with some Regret (about 40%).

Contempt can be best described colloquially as a unilateral "snarl" with the corner of the mouth pulling primarily upward - along with a unilateral, mid-facial tension (e.g. the region between his left upper lip and his nose) as well as a component of unilateral (his left again) nostril flaring (dilation).

Regret can at first glance look similar to contempt - however in the case of regret, the corner of the mouth and mid-face vector primarily laterally (as opposed to mostly upward with contempt).
























Summary: It's not possible here to determine whether Donald Trump's contempt is directed at the journalist (David Brody), Michael Flynn (somewhat doubtful, since he's also feeling regret) or other personnel (or issues, such as communications with Russia) involved with Flynn's situation.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3849: Donald Trump's and Justin Trudeau's Relative Confidence Levels During Yesterday's Press Conference

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3847: Stephen Miller (Senior Advisor to Donald Trump)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3845: Kellyanne Conway's Commercial for Ivanka Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3833: Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson and a Yacht

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3674: Drake Presents Rihanna with Vanguard Award - 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3508: Batman V Superman - Sad Affleck? (NOT!)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3707: The Presidential Debates Part III - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton and Sniffing

 
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3849: Donald Trump's and Justin Trudeau's Relative Confidence Levels During Yesterday's Press Conference - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





On Monday, Donald Trump welcomed Justin Trudeau in his first official visit to the United States. The two leaders held a joint news conference, each making statements and then answering a few questions.

There were multitude body language signals displayed - and one of the most intriguing one was a barometer for the Canadian's and the American's relative confidence levels.

Throughout virtually the entire joint news conference, Justin Trudeau's feet were planted considerably further apart than were Donald Trump's. Sometimes Trudeau's feet were separated by a distance slightly closer than a shoulder's width - and sometimes a bit less. In distinction - President Trump's feet were much closer, side-by-side and at times almost touching.

Standing with one's feet slightly less than a shoulder's width apart not only PROJECTS more confidence, strength and assertiveness - it also ENGENDERS these same feelings. That is, standing in this manner will change your brain chemistry to up-regulate these alpha emotions.

Standing with one's feet closer together will lower one's confidence, projects weakness and makes a person more tentative and acquiescing. Thousands of years ago, military leaders instinctively recognized this phenomenon and thus made their subordinates stand "at attention". Such "feet close together" configurations also alter the neurochemistry in the brain thus changing the emotions in the opposite direction (vs. relatively wider stances).

Another profound ramification of this relative foot position, is that standing with one's feet a bit less than a shoulder's width apart, will truly facilitate increased fluidity of both thought and speech. Thus you will truly "think better on your feet" by standing in this manner.

























But let's look even closer ...

Trudeau fields a question regarding his belief on President Trump's moratorium - and if it has any merit on national security grounds (beginning at 19:36 in the above video). Trudeau responds, "Canada and the United States have been neighbors a long time and - Canadians and Americans have stood together, worked together, ah, at home and around the world. Um, we've fought and died together - 'n battlefields in World War I and World War II, Korea and Afghanistan. But there have been times, ah, where we have differed in our approaches - ah, and that's always been done firmly and respectfully. The last thing Canadians expect, ah, is, ah, for me to come down and, ah, lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves. Ah, my role - our responsibility is to, ah, continue to, ah, govern in such a way that, ah, reflects Canadians' approach and, ah, be a positive example in the world".
























Beginning at 20:14 (corresponding with dialogue highlighted in red), as Trudeau is speaking - Trump's toes elevate while the remainder of both of his feet stay planted. This occurs to a greater degree with his left foot. As soon as Prime Minister Trudeau's statement is completed, his toes go back down. This upward flexion of the toes (dorsiflexion) and distal foot is a strong indicator of anxiety. While we do not have a view of his feet throughout the entire presser, we can be sure that in these moments, Trump was experiencing significant anxiety.

This post has concentrated on only the two men's difference in their stance - as well as Trump's toes. What others signals of relative alpha and beta body language did you observe? (There were many.)


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3848: Donald Trump Hosts Justin Trudeau

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3846: Donald Trump, Shinzō Abe and Handshake Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3843: 84 Lumber Super Bowl Ad - "The Entire Journey"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3820: Mr. Trump: "Who would you trust more, Angela Merkel or Vladimir Putin?"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3821: Alicia Keys Sings for Charlie Rose - Sincerity Amplifiers

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2814: Claire Foy's recounting of Meeting Kate Winslet

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3710: Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte Compares Himself With Hitler

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3612: Sam Querrey defeats Novak Djokovic at Wimbeldon


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