Monday, August 29, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3673: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin separate after Sexting Scandal - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)


































After Anthony Weiner's third sexting scandal, Huma Abedin announced today the couple is separating. Weiner is a former seven term U.S. congressman and has sought multiple mayoral candidacies of New York City. Ms. Abedin is vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for President and has also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton during her term as U.S. Secretary of State.

The image above and the close up below were taken on the red carpet at the 2016 New York City Metropolitan Ball.

From a body language perspective, we can see Anthony Weiner standing with his arms and hands in a "Fig Leaf" configuration. This is sometimes referred to as "Genital Guarding". While there are certainly occasions when a person should use this arm-hand nonverbal signal - such as when standing next to high level clergy, during a wedding or funeral ceremony, when next to a person of high power (particularly when next to them on stage, TV, etc.) - and in these settings it projects deference and respect. Yet in the vast majority of settings the fig leaf should be avoided. Here it sends strong signals of low confidence and low emotional comfort (contrast Weiner's low-energy, beta stance with the high-energy, alpha body language of the police officer in the background).

When we evaluate Mr. Weiner's facial nonverbals, we can see can see strong signals of emotional dissonance. His mouth is forming a "Blocked Inward Lip Roll". An inward lip roll is a common facial signal seen when the subconscious is trying to suppress strong emotions from growing further. It's also used to avoid a more full outward expression from crescendoing. Here the typical inward lip roll cannot be fully formed because of Weiner's jaw clenching. His tighten jaw muscles can be easily seen and is further highlighted by the dimpling on his chin. Note also the extreme tension of his "mustache area" as well as his dramatic flaring of his nostrils. There is also significant tension of his lower eyelids.

Conclusion: Anthony Weiner displays significant emotional dissonance. His face projects anger and frustration while his fig leaf hand position is an attempt to very literally cover up what he has otherwise inadvertently made very public. 






















See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3672: Jessica Alba, Swass, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3668: Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and The Brexit

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3648: Hillary Clinton, “I may have short-circuited”

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3636: Donald Trump, Hillary's Emails, Putin and Russia

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3594: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Fareed Zakaria

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3561: Catchphrase, Andy Samberg, Bryce Harper, Gigi Hadid and Body Language 

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

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


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3672: Jessica Alba, Swass, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Last week Jessica Alba was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. And although she's an accomplished actor, when "Jessica is just being Jessica" - she not quite as skilled at suspending our disbelief. The same is true for virtually all actors.

One particularly good example of this phenomenon is Alba's "smile" - for throughout much of this video segment her smile is insincere.

























The lower teeth should not be exposed during a sincere smile (aka Duchenne Smile). There are exceptions to this however - such as when crescendoing to or decrescendoing from sincere laughter (fully expressed sincere laughter typically does display the lower teeth, but NOT during sincere smiles), with a downward directed camera angle, or when the person is tilting their head and neck forward or if the observer is significantly taller. Other than in these scenarios - the bottom teeth should not be exposed with smiles of sincerity.

During this variety of insincere smile (social smile) the corners of the mouth are vectored laterally (toward the sides) rather than being directed primarily upward. This allows the lower teeth to be uncovered.

Another telltale signal of insincerity seen here is Jessica's jaw jut. During sincere smiles as well in the midst of sincere laughter - the jaw is retracted (pulled inward) - NOT jutting outward as is displayed in these examples.

























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3671: Trump's and Pence's Tweets

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3669: Jordan Spieth, Bill Murray and the Asymmetrical Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3639: Donald Trump regarding DNC - "I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3577: Tape Face - America's Got Talent 2016 Auditions

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3523: Jaws - "You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3512: Emilia Clarke, "Me Before You" and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3435: US Sailor captain Apologizes to Iran




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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3671: Trump's and Pence's Tweets - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

Donald Trump has once again landed in trouble with his tweets - in what many are saying is attempt to capitalize on the tragic death of Dwayne Wade's cousin in an effort to gain the African-American vote. From a nonverbal perspective, Trump's tweets are also alienating the electorate.

The images above and below are those which Trump has chosen for his Twitter page.

In the photo above Trump's expression is indicative primarily of disgust with an element of contempt. In his individual image below, Mr. Trump is projecting critical evaluation and contempt along with some anger.

Governor Mike Pence's expression is an amalgam of disgust, critical evaluation, anger in addition to clandestine disagreement/clandestine plan.

Are these emotions that both Mr. Trump and Governor Pence feel toward Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? Probably - or at least they would have you believe such to be true.

Will these emotions help to build and solidify their political base? To fair degree this is true.

Will the feelings being projected here help to win over the swing voters? No - they will absolutely not for these are rapport destroying emotions.




































See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3670: Paul LePage's Voicemail Rant 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3653: Donald Trump, ISIS Sarcasm and Duping Delight 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3640: Khizr Khan’s DNC Speech, Donald Trump & Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3596: Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3562: Police Officer Tim Purdy, De-Escalation and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3522: Felicity Jones in New Star Wars Trailer: "Rogue One"

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

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



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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3670: Paul LePage's Voicemail Rant - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





On Thursday, Maine Governor Paul LePage left a voice mail on State Representative Drew Gattine's voice mail and invited him to make it public.

LePage said (audio recording above), “Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you c***sucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist c***sucker. You … I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.

Later that day, LePage told some reporters, “When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now I’d like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825. And we would have a duel, that’s how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be (Alexander) Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he’s been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.

Drew Gattine then went on record Thursday saying that he never called LePage a racist, explaining “What I said to the television reporter today is that the kind of racially charged comments the governor made are not at all helpful in solving what the real problem is,”

Friday morning the Governor walked-back his statement regarding a duel and issued a non-apology apology for the people of Maine hearing the voicemail, but not to Mr. Gattine. A portion of the Governor's Friday statement is included in the video above from 1:38 - 1:51. Throughout this short video clip Gov. LePage displays dramatic displays of disgust. The image below was captured during 1:46.


























Summary: Paul LePage certainly has disgust for Drew Gattine. It's important to note that the nonverbal example shown above was not however recorded during his voicemail or his subsequent duel "wish" - but rather during his explanation of the incident to reporters.

Physical threats, even those issued in hypothetical scenarios or in alleged joking, should not be readily dismissed. Moreover threats to commit bodily harm when accompanied by nonverbal displays of contempt, disgust or anger - are red flags, often not purely metaphorical and should be taken very seriously.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3669: Jordan Spieth, Bill Murray and the Asymmetrical Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3661: Donald Trump, Distrust, Destroying Rapport and the African-American Voter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3648: Hillary Clinton, “I may have short-circuited”

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3635: Michelle Obama's DNC Speech and a Body Language Mistake

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3584: Brock Turner's Mugshot, Duping Delight and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3576: Marco Rubio's Endorsement of Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3539: Conspicuous by it's Absence - Donald Trump's Missing Expression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3445: Harrison Ford Re-enacts 'I Love You' Scene from Star Wars - The Graham Norton Show


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3669: Jordan Spieth, Bill Murray and the Asymmetrical Smile - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Earlier this week golfing phenomenon Jordan Spieth was a guest on The Tonight Show. He was telling Jimmy Fallon a funny story about golfing with Bill Murray. From a body language perspective Mr. Spieth provides a fantastic example of nonverbal behavior commonly displayed - yet rarely discussed.


























Jordan Spieth displays an asymmetrical smile throughout a good portion of this video segment. Nonverbal novices will say that asymmetrical smiles are not true smiles - and they would be correct a good percentage of the time - yet certainly not always. Spieth's smile is absolutely sincere.


























Note Spieth's relaxed, noncontracted forehead muscles, his partially closed eyelids, the temporary concave-up furrows in his lower eyelids and, although this is more prominent on his left - Jordan's upward directed cheek muscles. We can see in some of the frames Spieth's lower teeth - because he is of course speaking while smiling, due to the camera angle and his slightly forward tilted head/neck.



























As the mouth component of Spieth's smile grows, we see it become more symmetrical. It's also important to note that simultaneously the degree to which his eyelids are closing increases - also amplifying his smile.

Summary: Sincere smiles (aka Duchenne Smiles), as they crescendo, may often begin asymmetrically - but will increase in symmetry as the smile grows. This also occurs in the reverse direction - as the smile wanes.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3668: Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and The Brexit

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3654: Hope Solo Calls Swedish Team "Cowards" after US Loss in Rio

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3646: Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Visas and Citizenship

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3586: Barack Obama, Jimmy Fallon, Alpha-Beta Hybrids and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3562: Police Officer Tim Purdy and De-Escalation 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3530: Justin Trudeau and Quantum Computing 


Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3490: Conor McGregor, being a Plumber and LeBron James


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3668: Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and The Brexit - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)





Yesterday Donald Trump introduced the UK's Brexit leader during a campaign event in Jackson, Mississippi. Nigel Farage is now Stumping for Trump.
























It's always a major body language faux pas when the person whom you're introducing is approaching the lectern 180 degrees from where you think. Trump's nonverbal behavior in this moment serves as a metaphor for a greater lack acknowledge in more important areas.























It also is bad form to have a microphone positioned such that it obstruct a large portion of your guest's face.





Nigel Farage was a guest on Good Morning Britain the day after the Brexit vote (24 June 2016). On that occasion Piers Morgan compared Mr. Farage to Donald Trump and asked Farage if he'd be speaking with Trump on his visit to Scotland. Mr. Farage then proceeded to distance himself both verbally and nonverbally from the American candidate.























 Note Farage during 1:06 as he pulls his head, neck and torso backwards in his chair and moves his hands beneath the desk. Farage also taps his right ankle in an anxiety display during 1:07 - 1:09. This combined behavior of whole body withdraw, hand-hiding and ankle-tapping is a strong body language cluster indicating that Nigel Farage does not at all want to be compared with Donald Trump.
























The image immediately above was captured during 1:18. Here we see Farage's right eyebrow raised in incredulity at being compared with Donald Trump.























Mr. Farage then displays incredulous laughter with overt facial blushing as he says, "I've been compared to many things over the years, but not Donald Trump as yet, but thanks - thank you for that - It's a bit early in the day for that sort of thing ...

Summary: On 24 June 2016, Nigel Farage distanced himself from and resented being compared to Donald Trump ... and yet in the ensuing weeks something has changed Farage's forebrain.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3664: Benjamin Netanyahu, Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3650: Donald Trump: "Although the Second Amendment people maybe there is, I dunno" - Veiled Threats & Body Language Tells

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3592: Gary Johnson, The Libertarian Party and Beta Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3525: Kristen Bell Slaps a Reporter On "The Boss" Red Carpet (This was a PR Stunt)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3492: Maria Sharapova Admits Failed Drug Test

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3465: Hillary Clinton's Dominant Spider


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3664: Benjamin Netanyahu, Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

























These two images demonstrate a stark contrast between a man who is beholden and another who is not.

The image above was taken shortly after Viktor Yanukovych was removed from power as the President of Ukraine. He then fled to Russia where this image was taken shortly thereafter. From a body language perspective note the angle of Yanukovych's upper legs and the relative distance between his knees and compare these to Vladimir Putin's. Moreover notice the toe-in configuration (aka pigeon-toe) of Mr. Yanukovych versus the relatively wide-splayed angle of Mr. Putin's feet.

Now compare these nonverbal clusters to the image below where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with President Putin - also on Russian Soil. Although the angle of Mr. Putin's thighs are also wider than Netanyahu's, the disparity between the two men is not nearly as dramatic as the above scenario. Notice as well the angle of Mr. Netanyahu's feet - for they are not toed-in as are Mr. Yanukovych's.

Summary: While there are other nonverbal signals being displayed in these images, we can say conclusively thatViktor Yanukovych's emotional tone is beta and submissive to Vladimir Putin. Mr. Yanukovych acquiesces to what he views as Mr. Putin's relative alpha status by the manner in which he's sitting. Benjamin Netanyahu however, does not concede status to President Putin and views himself to be Putin's equal. Yanukovych is projecting a low emotional comfort and lower confidence while Netanyahu is emotionally comfortable and of higher confidence.

























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3663: Olympic Wrestler Frank Molinaro gets bitten by Ukraine's Andriy Kvyatkovskyy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3661: Donald Trump, Distrust, Destroying Rapport and the African-American Voter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3653: Donald Trump, ISIS Sarcasm and Duping Delight

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1918: Vladimir Putin - Pointing with Pen Surrogates - Sharp vs. Blunt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3599: The Brexit, David Cameron announces his Resignation and Protection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3529: Vladimir Putin's Alpha Body Language - Correlations between the Hands and the Face

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


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3663: Olympic Wrestler Frank Molinaro gets bitten by Ukraine's Andriy Kvyatkovskyy - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Now here's something you don't see every day - biting in wrestling.

Despite the fact that he was caught on camera biting his American opponent, and that per international rules biting is 'an act of flagrant misconduct and, on the first occurrence the individual shall be disqualified from competition', Ukrainian wrestler Andriy Kvyatkovskyy was not disqualified in his quarterfinal match against Frank Molinaro. The American did however go on to win the match.

What follows is a very telling nonverbal moment of Kvyatkovskyy's.
























Here is a screen-capture of the act.



As Molinaro calls to an official while accusing his opponent, Kvyatkovskyy immediately buries his face in shame beneath his left upper arm.
























Here we see it from another angle.

























A moment later Kvyatkovskyy displays this MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) once again. MAPs are seen during moments of increased anxiety. In this context, this repeated body language gesture is profoundly telling. Covering the face and in particular the eyes (diminishing eye contact with the referee) during an accusation is a strong indication of guilt. 

Conclusion: While wresting in the Rio 2016 Olympics, Andriy Kvyatkovskyy bit his opponent Frank Molinaro and in so doing he felt immediate shame. This nonverbal display is also a signal of his guilt.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3662: Weverton Dives, Neymar Kicks and Brazil Wins Gold 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3294: Ana Ivanovic, Lip Biting, the U.S. Open and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3646: Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Visas, Citizenship and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3649: Donald Trump's Endorsement of Paul Ryan

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3635: Michelle Obama's DNC Speech and a Body Language Mistake

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3591: Jo Cox, The Brexit and Sincere Smiles

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3229: Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers and a SNL Reunion - REALLY!?!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3287: Hillary Clinton, Email Servers and Crisis Management


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3662: Weverton Dives, Neymar Kicks and Brazil Wins Gold - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTO)






















Once Brazil's goalkeeper Weverton, dived to his left saving a penalty kick by Germany's Nils Petersen - the stage was set for Neymar. The forward and captain of Brazil's team then delivered the winning penalty kick giving Brazil it's first Olympic football gold medal - and a bit of revenge from their 7-1 semifinal loss to the Germans two years ago in the last World Cup.

In the moments that follow we see on Neymar's face a dramatic example of an under-appreciated nonverbal fact: Intense emotional pleasure (as is seen here) or physical pleasure very often has a virtually identical expression to that of dramatic emotional or physical pain.

If you didn't have any context and didn't know who Neymar was - most people would interpret the expression above as a man who is in severe pain.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3661: Donald Trump, Distrust, Destroying Rapport and the African-American Voter - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3640: Khizr Khan’s DNC Speech and Donald Trump

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3580: Muhammad Ali, Donald Trump, Repulsion and Body Language

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


Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3355: Spin the Microphone on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show - Gwen Stefani is very attracted to Blake Shelton

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3501: Salah Abdeslam of Paris Attacks is Captured - Body Language Traits Shared by Terrorists



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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3661: Donald Trump, Distrust, Destroying Rapport and the African-American Voter - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




A fundamental truth of nonverbal communication is that if you want to build rapport and gain trust, quality eye contact is of profound importance. The more people cover their eyes, the more rapport is destroyed established and the greater distrust we will have in them.

Yesterday in Dimondale, Michigan appealing directly to the African-American electorate, Donald Trump repeatedly asked, "What do you have to lose?" and went on to say, "You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?"

Donald Trump wore one of his "Make America Great Again" baseball-styled hats during the event. Of course he's worn these hats before, although most of the time it's been outside with much better natural light. His speech yesterday took place indoors and the lighting was poor. Thus Mr. Trump's forehead was completely covered and his eyes were very minimally visible - particularly to the camera.

Given Mr. Trump's experience on television, he seems less likely to have committed such a mistake. His communication director should have also been acutely aware of the fact that the inability to see his eyes will cost him votes.

Watch some of this video with the sound muted. How does your inability to see his eyes make you feel?

When a person's eyes are covered, it facilitates their ability to successfully tell a lie. Poker players will wear hats (and sunglasses and hoodies) to cover their face. Such practice largely prevents their competitors from reading their emotions. In card contests deception is part of the game. The rules allow for the covering the face.

Yet when a candidate is running for office, their face and feelings should be readily accessible. At no time should their eyes be obscured. This is also true for all business and the majority of social interactions. The tendency for a person to want to cover up their eyes out of context should send up red flags. Don't dismiss it. Rather ask yourself, "What are they hiding?"

























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3660: Trump Attorney Michael Cohen's Awkward Exchange with Brianna Keilar, "Says Who?"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3658: Usain Bolt's "Cheeky Smile"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3652: Simone Manuel & Penny Oleksiak Win Olympic Gold

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3650: Donald Trump: "Although the Second Amendment people maybe there is, I dunno"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3638: Hillary Clinton's DNC Speech - and One Expression Which Profoundly Lowers Her Likability

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3408: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Star Wars

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3381: Ariana Grande, Flirtatious Body Language and the American Music Awards

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


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