Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3635: Michelle Obama's DNC Speech and a Body Language Mistake (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






By most accounts, Michelle Obama did a good job in her speech last night in her endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. However, going beyond her spoken words and looking at her body language, there were several things she could have definitely improved upon. One of these nonverbals highlighted in this post is what is known as a "Political Point".

The political point resembles what many would call an "Okay sign". It's a "softer" way to point (thus an "Alpha-Beta Hybrid) and therefore it's used instead of an index finger point (AKA a forefinger point, which should almost never be used).

Michelle Obama, to a fairly dramatic degree, overused the political point. While it is indeed an example of an "Alpha-Beta Hybrid" - and the display of this class of nonverbal signals are to be encouraged, the political point is somewhat of an exception. The reason for this is that it's a gesture that's almost exclusively used in the political realm - and while this alone makes it suspect, politicians also tend to rather naively overuse it. Anytime a body language display is overused, at the very least, it's considered a bad habit or poor form. It also can be a signal of anxiety. In addition, although it's not a reason in this particular context (we know this by Mrs. Obama's other nonverbal displays), it can also be a signal of insincerity.

This website serves as an objective reference source for the science and art of Body Language/Nonverbal Communication. In an effort to be both practical and academic, many examples from/of varied cultures, politicians, professional athletes, legal cases, public figures, etc., are cited in order to teach and illustrate both the interpretation of others’ body language as well as the projection of one’s own nonverbal skills in many different contexts – not to advance any political, religious or other agenda.

























See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2276: Michelle Obama's Eye Roll .... What was she thinking? and What Did Boehner's & Barack's Body Language Say?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3124: Michelle Obama & George W. Bush at Selma-to-Montgomery March 50th Anniversary 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2797: Michelle Obama, a Ten Year Old Girl and a Résumé - Body Language of Fear

Negotiation Secret No. 299: Michelle Obama and Silvio Berlusconi ... At Arm's Length

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3470: Taylor Swift's Speech at 2016 Grammys

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3622: Theresa May's First Speech as Prime Minister


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Monday, July 25, 2016

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
























At the end of the Democratic Convention later this week, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz will resign as chair of the DNC. This morning at the breakfast meeting for the Florida delegates she was heavily booed. The image above was captured during that meeting.

Although we can't see her mouth, from a nonverbal perspective, we know Ms. Wasserman-Schultz is feeling deep sadness. She knows she's made a big mistake - as the contents of her and others' emails at the DNC are being "submitted to a candid world" via WikiLeaks.

When emotional pain or physical pain is significant (either for oneself or for others via empathy), the central forehead is contracted and elevated (elevated CFC). Charles Darwin was the first to describe this in the scientific literature, nicknaming it "The Grief Muscle".

Note also the considerable contraction and tension of Rep. Wasserman-Schultz's lower eyelids. Along with this, her entire eyebrows (as a unit) are lowered - simultaneous with the elevation of the inner (medial) portions of her eyebrows.

In addition the muscles on the upper "bridge" of the nose and between the eyelids are also contracted.

Ms. Wasserman-Schultz is NOT covering her mouth and nose to prevent others from seeing her tears. The reason we configure our hands in this manner during times of such pain is a epiphenomenon of emotional processing. The logical brain knows what is transpiring - but the emotional brain has not yet fully grasped what is happened.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3633: David Duke's Duplicity & The US Senate

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3595: LeBron James, Disbelief and Emotional Processing

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3333: Did Bill Clinton ask Donald Trump to Run for President? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3614: Daniel Radcliffe, Imperium and a Subtle Body Language Tell

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3568: Hillary Clinton, (Low) Likability, Rapport (Destroying) and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3625: Donald Trump Introduces Mike Pence as his "1st Choice" VP Pick (Not!)


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3633: David Duke's Duplicity & The US Senate - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





David Duke is an "American white nationalist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, politician, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan"(Wikipedia). On Friday, 22 July 2016, Duke announced he is running for the republican nomination for the US Senate for the State of Louisiana.

The video above is Duke's YouTube announcement. There are several significant nonverbal signals in this ad, however one in particular stands out and is discussed below.
























The above video ad of David Duke's ends with this expression (which appears on the video from 2:22 - 2:25). Note how the right side his mouth is down-turned in what many would label a slight frown (yet it's not), while his left side is up-turned in an attempt at a "social smile". This mouth configuration is in no way indicative of a sincere smile. This "smiling out of one side of the mouth while frowning out of the other" (aka a "Twisted Smile") is highly characteristic of duplicity and deceit and thus a profoundly valuable red flag.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3632: Hillary Clinton formally introduces Tim Kaine as her VP Choice

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3630: Ted Cruz Refuses to Endorse Donald Trump

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3605: John Kennedy, Hands on Podium and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2942: Vladimir Putin's & Recognizing Duplicity in Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3462: Donald Trump calls Ted Cruz a "Pussy"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2959: The Hunger Games Mockingjay - What makes Donald Sutherland (as President Coriolanus Snow) look so Evil?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3482: Donald Trump Refuses to Disavow David Duke and the KKK



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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3632: Hillary Clinton formally introduces Tim Kaine as her VP Choice - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






Today Hillary Clinton formally introduced Senator Tim Kaine as her pick for VP. Kaine has also held the offices of the Governor of Virginia as well as the Mayor of Richmond.

This was his first speech as a Vice Presidential candidate and although many felt he performed well, he did show several significant nonverbal signals of anxiety - two of which are discussed here.

Tim Kaine displayed a relatively rapid shifting back and forth from foot to foot, swiveling his weight and turning his body as he did so. While this can certainly be associated with an inexperienced speaker, here it is a signal of what many would call "nervous energy" - a byproduct of his temporary hyper-adrenaline state. Most probably in the upcoming weeks, this relatively high frequency shifting and turning will slow down considerably.

Another signal of anxiety is Kaine's frequent placing of his left hand in his front pant pocket. More specifically, this behavior signals a momentary "Beta-flux" (more beta, less alpha) - projecting a temporary lower emotional comfort and a short-lived shift to lower levels of confidence.

While occasionally placing one or both hands in the back pants pockets (overly the buttocks, with the elbows pointed out and vectored slightly backward - see example below) is a good example of an alpha-beta hybrid and should be employed from time to time (as long as it's not practiced too frequently or for relatively longer duration) - placing either or both hands in the front pants pockets should never be practiced. This is particularly true during a speech while seeking (or holding) a position of leadership.

This website serves as an objective reference source for the science and art of Body Language/Nonverbal Communication. In an effort to be both practical and academic, many examples from/of varied cultures, politicians, professional athletes, legal cases, public figures, etc., are cited in order to teach and illustrate both the interpretation of others’ body language as well as the projection of one’s own nonverbal skills in many different contexts – not to advance any political, religious or other agenda.



























See also:


Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3631: Donald Trump's Acceptance Speech at the GOP Convention

Negotiation Body Language Secret No. 831: Santorum's Hands and the Alpha-Beta Hybrid

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3628: Donald & Melania Trump's interview with Matt Lauer Prior to Her Speech at Republican Convention

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3626: Mike Pence's Wikipedia Profile Picture says "WTF"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3611: Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo and a Tattoo

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3551: Donald Trump, Body Language and an Alpha-Beta Hybrid

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3534: Taylor Swift's (Vogue's) Rapid-fire 73 Q & A Session

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2605: President Obama and Health Insurance Cancellation Fix - and an Alpha-Beta Hybrid Body Language Illustrator



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Friday, July 22, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3631: Donald Trump's Acceptance Speech at the GOP Convention - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTO)






Last night Donald Trump accepted his party's nomination as the 2016 Republican candidate for President. He gave a long speech (73 minutes) and there are thousands of body language signals to evaluate, however three in particular are analyzed here.

Beginning at 0:01 Trump says, "America is far less safe - and the World is far less stable, then when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America's foreign policy. Let's defeat her in November, 'K? [Tight Forward Lip Purse, Whole Body Turn Left, Lapel Pull] I am certain - that it was a decision that President Obama truly regrets ..."



























During 0:50 we see Donald Trump configure his mouth and lips in what is termed a "Forward Lip Purse". This is an indication of a clandestine plan and/or a clandestine disagreement. It is displayed only by a person who perceives himself to be an alpha relative to the people with whom he is speaking/interacting. Moreover it also signals that he believes he has a relatively good chance of implementing and succeeding in his plan.
























During 0:50.8 - 0:53, Trump rotates to his left and then back forward again.
























 The Republican Candidate then pulls forward his lapels in a false straightening gesture (0:54 - 0:55). This is an example of a hyper-alpha body language maneuver. It has the same emotional tone as if he were patting himself on the back, flexing his muscles in the mirror and marking his territory - all at the same time. This is a truncated version of our distant cousins - a dominance display of a silver back gorilla pounding on his chest. It's a wonderful example of how nonverbal behavior is so deeply rooted in our brains (yes, all of us - both republicans and democrats).

The earlier tight forward lip purse, the brief sideways turn and the lapel pull are all clustered together - grouped, congruent and reinforcing.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3630: Ted Cruz Refuses to Endorse Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3628: Donald & Melania Trump's interview with Matt Lauer Prior to Her Speech at Republican Convention

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3621: Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3609: Emma Watson, Tina Turner, Ring Tones and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3385: Adele, "Hello" and SNL - Body Language Tell

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3481: Gordon Ramsay Tries Girl Scout Cookies for the First Time

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


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3630: Ted Cruz Refuses to Endorse Donald Trump - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Last night Ted Cruz spoke at the GOP Convention. He also refused to endorse Donald Trump for President and was booed in the closing moments of his speech.

This morning Cruz spoke to the Texas Delegates. He also spoke his mind and explained his reasoning for not following the party line. What follows is an excellent example of a very telling and particular nonverbal display.

Beginning at 0:28 in the video above, Cruz says, "I am not in the habit - of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father. [audience applause and booing] And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi - that I'm goin' to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father."


























During 0:50 as he says, "... goin' to ...", Senator Cruz begins an evanescent display of Disgust which lasts just slightly longer than a textbook microexpression (thus termed a near-microexpression).


























The junior Senator from Texas continues his disgust expression as he says, "... nonetheless ...". 

There were certainly other body language tells displayed here by Ted - yet this one in particular stands out. And while his verbal message matches his nonverbal behavior in this particular moment - tens or hundreds of times a day in the typical, professional or personal life - they won't. In such cases of verbal-nonverbal disparity - it's the nonverbal message which always tells the true thoughts and emotions.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3629: Donald Trump's interview regarding Melania's Speech and Plagiarism

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3626: Mike Pence's Wikipedia Profile Picture says "WTF"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3621: Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton


Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3619: Lone Protester, Baton Rouge Police and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3615: Store Owner Abdullah Muflahi Interview regarding the Shooting of Alton Sterling

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3598: Gary Johnson, Donald Trump's Wall and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3565: Adolf Hitler, Jesse Owens, Archie Williams and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3538: Barack Obama, David Cameron, Number 10, Brexit and Body Language


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3629: Donald Trump's interview regarding Melania's Speech and Plagiarism - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






Wednesday morning Donald Trump spoke directly for first time regarding Melania's speech and the issue of plagiarism.

What follows is a nonverbal analysis of the Republican Presidential Candidate at some key moments during this exchange.

George Stephanopoulos (beginning at 0:10): "How 'bout this speech by Melania? We learned today that ah,  someone that works with you, a Meredith McIver, offered her resignation. Why not accept it? Weren't you angry?"

Trump: "She [j]ust made a mistake. And I thought it was terrific they way she came forward and just said, 'Look, it was a mistake that I made' - aaaand she thought it was very unfair to Melania. Although [hard swallow] - interestingly, the press treated Melania very well, because they didn't think it was her."






















 0:12 - Donald Trump displays a Jaw Jut with a prolonged blink as George Stephanopoulos is saying, "... learned today ...". This nonverbal cluster indicates Anger coupled with "Blocking Behavior". 

























Candidate Trump displays a Tongue Jut (more specifically a "Tight Forward Tongue Jut) during 0:15 as George says, "... Meredith McIver ...". This is similar both in appearance and emotion to an infant pushing out food with his tongue he doesn't want to eat - he is repulsed and disgusted.






















 

During 0:15 - 0:16, Mr. Trump makes this expression as Stephanopoulos says, "... offered her resignation ...". Although his closed eyelids open back up part way through this statement  - we see his "Inward Lip Roll (ILR) with a clenched jaw persist longer. This is a classic nonverbal cluster revealing that Mr. Trump is trying to suppress his anger.

It may be difficult to tell, however the candidate's overall posture indicates he is standing with his feet close together - which is an unusual configuration for Donald Trump. This foot positioning both indicates and engenders lower confidence, lower assertiveness and a beta emotional tone.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3628: Donald & Melania Trump's interview with Matt Lauer Prior to Her Speech at Republican Convention - Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3336: Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Deception and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3265: Donald Trump, Exaggerated Mouth Movements and Narcissistic, Hyper-Alpha Personalities - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3142: Mike Pence - Governor of Indiana interview with George Stephanopoulos & the Religious Freedom Restoration Act - What Makes Gov. Pence Look Worse?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2357: Why is this Image so Sexy? Body Language of "Hide & Seek"

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2918: Lauren Bacall, Flirting and a "Come-hither look"


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3628: Donald & Melania Trump's interview with Matt Lauer Prior to Her Speech at Republican Convention - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Last night at the Republican Convention did Melania Trump know she was reading a speech which, in part, was plagiarized from Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic Convention? Did she write the speech or did she have help? If so, was that a little help or was it a considerable amount? What follows is a partial body language analysis of Melania Trump and Donald Trump in an interview with Matt Lauer yesterday morning.

At 0:59 in the above video Matt Lauer continues, "One part of that campaign ends in that hall tonight - another part begins. Your wife is going to get to speak to the delegates ..."

Donald Trump: "Right."

Matt Lauer: "About you. Had she gone over the speech with you? Did you practice it on the plane?"

Melania Trump: "I read once over it, and that's all - because I wrote it and ah, li- [stutter], with as little help as possible soooooo ...."

Matt Lauer: "Are you nervous? It would be okay to be nervous."

Melania Trump: "I'm a little nervous."

Matt Lauer: "Yeah?"

Melania Trump: "Yeah. It's exciting night."






















Matt Lauer touching Melania Trump on the arm (during 1:10 as he says, "... practice ...) is an invasion of her personal (intimate space) and is one signal of false affection. It also is highly consistent with narcissism (and, although not applicable here, it's a behavior that's commonly displayed by those on the Autism Spectrum).

Note that on two occasions, Lauer also referred to Mrs. Trump as if she wasn't there - "... Your wife is going to get to speak to the delegates ..." and "... Had she gone over the speech with you?"
























During 1:14, Melania shrugs her left shoulder and rotates her torso toward Donald as she says,
"... that's all  ..."

A shoulder shrug indicates, "I don't care"/"What does it matter?", "I don't know",  or "What could I do?/What choice did I have?" 
























During 1:15 as she says, "... because I wrote it and ...", Melania looks to her right and slightly down. Looking in this quadrant in right-hand dominant individuals is very often correlated with an emotional overtones of sadness, regret and other forms of emotional discomfort. For her to look in this direction (and AWAY from Lauer) the instant she says "... I ...", strongly implies deception.






















Just as she says, "... and ah, li- [stutter], with ...", Melania looks down to her left. Gaze in this direction in most right handed people is very often associated with "internal dialog" (e.g., here deciding how to phrase an answer).

Importantly, Melania is also stuttering and again, she's looking away from Lauer.

Also of profound significance here is Donald Trump's body language. The instant after Melania says, "... because I wrote it ..." - HE TURNS AWAY. Donald Trump knew his wife was lying. Note he keeps his same facial expression - but we see a change manifested elsewhere on his body. This is an excellent example of what in nonverbal parlance is termed "Leakage".




As Melania says, "... with as little help as possible soooooo ....", both the pitch and volume of her voice increase, she leans forward with her head, neck and torso (a "Neck Stretch"), with a Self-Righteous Head Wiggle display, her eyebrows elevate and her forehead contracts across its entire width and also elevates. In addition she ends her sentence with the stretched-out word, "... soooooo ...". This nonverbal-verbal-paralanguage cluster is highly consistent with deception. She is emotionally uncomfortable talking about her upcoming speech and wants Lauer to change the subject.

Summary: While this analysis cannot directly discern any intent of plagiarism on her part (or her speech writer's), Melania Trump did lie when she said she had "... as little help as possible ..." writing her speech - and Donald Trump knew she was lying.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3627: Donald Trump regarding President Obama & Shooting of Baton Rouge Police Officers, "But you just look at the body language - there's something going on" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3487: Scott Pelley to Hillary Clinton, "Have you always told the truth?" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3615: Store Owner Abdullah Muflahi Interview regarding the Shooting of Alton Sterling 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3608: Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Meeting with Bill Clinton 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3602: Samantha Cameron's Beta Behavior - How Not to Stand Beside the Prime Minister 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3590: Pam Bondi (Florida's Attorney General), Anderson Cooper and LGBT support

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3574: Selena Gomez's Body Language Reaction to Fans in Montreal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3470: Taylor Swift's Speech at 2016 Grammys

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3564: Kanye West, Ellen and Beta Body Language


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3627: Donald Trump regarding President Obama & Shooting of Baton Rouge Police Officers, "But you just look at the body language - there's something going on" (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






Tragically yet another mass shooting has occurred. Yesterday, Gavin Eugene Long, of Kansas City, Missouri shot six Police Officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three of these officers were killed and three were wounded, one critically. Long was also killed at the scene in a shootout with police.

President Obama delivered a statement shortly afterward. The Official White House YouTube video of this is included above.

This morning, Donald Trump - the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, made a phone-in statement on "Fox and Friends" which seems to imply conspiracy on the part of Barack Obama against law enforcement. Trump then seemed to back-pedal when the Steve Doocy pressed him.

The video (which includes the audio of Trump's call-in) is shown below.






Beginning at 3:29 in the Fox News video, Trump says, "... I mean, ah, you know, I watched the president and sometimes the words are - okay. But you, you just look at the, the body language. There's something going on. Ah look, there’s something going on and - the words are not often okay, by the way."

Doocy [over-talking]: "What does that mean, there’s something going on?"

Trump: "There's, there's just bad feeling, and a lot of bad feeling about him - I see it too. Ah, there's a lot of bad feeling about him."

Mr. Trump alleges that the President's body language is suspect. Is this the case? Was there something  wrong or inconsistent with the Barack Obama's body language?

A fundamental principle in nonverbal communication is that whenever assessing for sincerity vs. insincerity (and truth vs. deception) - the paralanguage, the body spoken words and the body language should all be in congruent. When any one of these three key parameters are disparate - a red flag is raised (Paralanguage includes the tone of voice, rhythm, cadence, volume, pitch, crescendo, decrescendo, etc.).

If we go back to the video of the President's statement and analyze it, we can see that his vocal qualities, his words AND his body language were all in agreement. Note that the President did not use a teleprompter - he used notes instead. For him, this is typical in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy and is highly recommended in such scenarios. This of course "feels" more natural and it also necessitates an occasional downward gaze which is reverent and respectful.

As was pointed out in a recent post (see below), the President's use of hand gestures were quite minimal - as were Speaker Ryan's - when each addressed the Nation after the killing of the five Dallas Police Officers. This is also more respectful and in keeping with the solemn setting when discussing recent deaths. In the video above, Obama's hands are very often placed centrally on the lectern ("folded") and his arms are held close to his torso - both of which are contextual and proportional in a time of mourning.

At 1:19 as Mr. Obama says, "Most of all [heavy exhalation] our hearts go out to the families who are grieving. This heavy exhalation at 1:20 is indicative of the sincere sadness he is describing.

The President does not usually alternate his weight from one foot to the other with the frequency he is doing during this statement. This is indicative of his anxiety consistent with such an event. Such nonverbal behavior is also seen when people stand with their feet too far apart or too close together.























Note that during 2:05, President Obama bites his left lower lip as he references the Dallas officers who died last week. In this context, this nonverbal display is indicative of the anxiety of sadness and it's often seen with the suppression of tears.

It's noteworthy that a no time did the President touch his face (Facial touching, particularly when coupled with key statements or vocal tone can be indicative of deception).

Another very common signal of insincerity or lying is frequent contraction of the forehead muscles. Did you notice Obama rarely used his forehead muscles? These were relaxed throughout all but a few occasions in this speech.

Summary: Mr. Trump is mistaken. President Obama's body language, spoken language and vocal tones are all highly congruent and are indicative of sincerity. All three of these crucial communication components are contextual and proportional to the setting of discussing and reflecting on recent sudden deaths and mourning.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3617: President Obama and Speaker Ryan regarding the Dallas Shooting - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3626: Mike Pence's Wikipedia Profile Picture says "WTF"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3567: Donald Trump's Most Common Social Smile (Pseudo-Smile) Variant - Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3331: Mila finds out Adam Levine got married - Rapid Transitioning of Emotions

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2483: Alex Rodriguez's Subtle Sadness Signal - Body Language, PEDs and A-Rod

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3531: Helen Mirren, Subways, Sincerity, Empathy and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3491: Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan and Sincere Affection

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3626: Mike Pence's Wikipedia Profile Picture says "WTF" - Body Language (PHOTO)


This is Governor Mike Pence's current Wikipedia Profile Pic. Keep in mind that on Wikipedia, he or his staff can change this photo anytime they wish.

Donald Trump's VP's facial expression here is one variation of what in common parlance most people would call a "WTF expression" (What The F*ck?!).

To approach this from a scientific, clinical and more specifically - a nonverbal viewpoint, the primary emotion being conveyed (and felt) here is Contempt while his secondary emotions in this moment are Disbelief/Incredulity and Disgust.

Regardless of one's political prominence, the views of your opponent or your beliefs - this is NEVER an image one should ever want to be representative of them - particularly those in leadership positions.





See also:

Nonverbal Communication No. 3625: Donald Trump Introduces Mike Pence as his "1st Choice" VP Pick (Not!)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3609: Emma Watson, Tina Turner, Ring Tones and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3618: Salma Hayek regarding Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3617: President Obama and Speaker Ryan regarding the Dallas Shooting

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3575: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump - Comparison Their of Wikipedia Profile Photos 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3542: Lara Croft, Keeley Hawes, Sexual Energy and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3519: Vladimir Putin, The Panama Papers and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3507: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams Do The Batman Voice - The Graham Norton Show


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