Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3569: Johnny Depp Surprises Pink on Jimmy Kimmel - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Kimmel has a guest, Pink has a crush and Depp has considerable anxiety. This is despite Johnny being the caliber of actor worthy of three Best Actor nominations. Mr. Depp is paid well to suspend our disbelief - yet when he's "just being himself" (e.g., out of character), he's just as human as the rest of us. Thus this interaction provides ample body language moments - a few of which are highlighted here as a tutorial.





1:51

With emotional states of significantly high embarrassment - it's very typical that both feet get placed flat on the floor (Pink had had her right leg crossed just prior to this) as one acquires a whole-body flexing, what is often called a "The Fetal Position".



1:55

Pink Covers her face partially with her hand - yet primarily with a portion of her top (which acts here as a hand-surrogate).









Pink both rotates and tilts her head-neck away from Depp. This dramatic turning away and strong avoidance of eye contact (along with her very obvious blushing) is a nonverbal cluster highly indicative of embarrassment.


Johnny "scratches" his right upper arm for considerable duration. This is a variation of a "One Arm Self-Hug" indicates elevated anxiety and low emotional comfort. Despite being an acclaimed and  accomplished actor, Depp is very often unnerved during talk show scenarios.



The "Eye Roll" is a conscious (deliberate) display of contempt (Most contempt expressions are subconsciously initiated) as well as indicating impatient dismissal.





See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3518: Donald Trump's Feminine and Beta Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3552: Hillary Clinton, Body Language and variations on the Pistol Steeple

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3546: Carly Fiorina's and Ted Cruz's Awkward Raised Hand Holding

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3479: Vicente Fox regarding Donald Trump's Proposed Wall - ‘I’m not going to pay for that F***ing wall!'

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3389: Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama meet in Paris - Body Language Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3387: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, The Graham Norton Show and Body Language

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Monday, May 23, 2016

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





It's been well-documented that Secretary Clinton suffers from low likability (and has so for a number of years). Within the communication triad of verbal language, paralanguage and nonverbal language - it's the nonverbal component which contributes the most when it comes to high (or low) likability - as well as with building (or destroying) rapport. Throughout a large portion of this Q & A with Chris Cuomo - and the vast majority of her other interviews, Mrs. Clinton projects numerous body language signals which contribute to these negative emotional perceptions - a few of which are discussed below.



Very often Senator Clinton leans backwards with her head and neck. This sends signals of pretentiousness and arrogance. The colloquial expression, "Looking down your nose" - has its origins exactly in this nonverbal display. If she wishes to capture more of the electorate - Hillary should stop this immediately.

Notice too that Mrs. Clinton is leaning backwards with her torso. This is also a very distancing body language configuration. It's disengaging and sends signals such as, "I don't really want to be here", "You're not important to me", "I don't like you", etc., variations of which are further nuanced by other simultaneous nonverbal signals and facial expressions. ON OCCASION many people will sit in this manner - yet Mrs. Clinton sits in like this virtually ALL THE TIME.

In addition, Hillary's fingers are intertwined. Depending on the other nonverbals with which this is clustered, it transmits feelings of closed-mindedness, arrogance, defensiveness and low emotional comfort (e.g., a seated fig leaf). If she had requested a chair with arms (making it much more natural to keep one's hands from touching), unlocked her ankles, sat slightly forward in her chair and leaned a bit forward with her head, neck and torso - Mrs. Clinton would be pleasantly surprised that she would find it much easier to smile naturally (with a sincere smile [Duchenne Smile]), project much more likability (and higher energy). Incredibly, sitting in such a forward and engaging way even engenders an increased fluidity of both thought and speech.

See also:

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3550: Robert Downey Jr. Auditions Jimmy Fallon

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3532: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and The Graham Norton Show

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3453: Marco Rubio's Hyper-Alpha, Backfiring Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3169: Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez regarding the Death of Freddie Gray

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3496: Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush Hugging at Nancy Reagan's Funeral


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

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



























This image is an example of Donald Trump's most common variation of a Social Smile. It is NOT a sincere one. Mr. Trump displays a sincere smile of joy-happiness (Duchenne Smile) on exceedingly rare occasions. To thin-slice this particular expression (which Trump projects in place of a smile) a bit further - the primary emotion being felt (and thus transmitted) here is Disgust.

Some people may say, "That's just the way Trump smiles." Wrong. This is a ruse - and anything but sincere. It's also important to note that there are many - and more palatable types of social smiles.

What is your "go-to" social smile? Can you smile sincerely "on-demand"? Are you able to readily differentiate sincere smiles from the many variants of insincere smiles?


See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3545: Eric Trump's Reaction to President Obama's Comments at the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3258: Hillary Clinton speaks out on "inaccuracies" of private email controversy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3516: Hillary Clinton, Finger Pointing, Fossil Fuels, Bernie Sanders and Lying

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3421: Jennifer Lawrence, Eddie Redmayne and Emotional Comfort

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3388: Donald Trump, Duplicitous Expressions and "politely" Removing a Protester

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3356: Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are Dressing their Son Up as a Dinosaur for Halloween

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3324: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin Shake Hands at UN Luncheon

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

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

























The image above was taken just as Jesse Owens won the 100 meter sprint in the 1936 Summer Olympics (which were held in Berlin that year). Adolf Hitler is third closest to the camera - the expression on his face is one both Disgust and Regret (Disgust being the greater of the two).

Joseph Goebbels (Minister of Propaganda) the man closest to the camera is also displaying a combination of the same two emotions as the German Chancellor - only with Goebbels regret is the greater. The resolution here is too low to discern accurately the expression of Hermann Göring (Second only to Hitler in the German Government is in the white jacket to Hitler's right) - although it appears to be primarily that of regret.




























This second image was taken just as American Archie Williams won the 400 Meter Track and Field event. Hitler is closest to the camera with a strong expression of Disgust.  Göring is furthest from the camera with a combined expression - primarily with that of Disgust - mixed with secondary Anger.


See also:

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3543: Donald Trump, "It Felt Like I Was Crossing The Border Actually" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3532: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and The Graham Norton Show

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

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3526: Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler Meet - the Munich Agreement 


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3564: Kanye West, Ellen and Beta Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Kanye West was recently on The Ellen Show. He's a person who many consider an alpha male personality - yet from body language perspective the artist/producer exhibits some classic beta body language. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

Ellen DeGeneres: "Now are you done, or will you have more children? Do you want more children?"

Kanye West: "Maybe."

Ellen: "Does Kim want more children?"

Kanye: "Perhaps."

Ellen: "That's not [smile, head torque to her left, laughing] .... that's not what she said."




1:14

Fingers intertwined - a variety of Blocking Behavior transmitting Defensiveness and Low Emotional Comfort (think of this as a High Fig Leaf).






During 1:16 as Ellen says, "Now are you done, or will you ..."

A small edit has taken place by Ellen's studio, however this moment 2 seconds later, shows West with his hands configured in a Seated Fig Leaf (aka Seated Genital Guarding).

This cluster (above) signals further defensiveness and even lower emotional comfort.



1:20

This image shows a different angle - but a cluster very similar to that of 1:16 as West says, "Perhaps" - as he begins to widen and narrow his knees-legs (like a child that has to use the bathroom) - indicating higher anxiety.



1:25

West's acquires a "Knock Kneed" position (while maintaining a seated fig leaf) in a highly beta body language reaction as Ellen says, "That's not ..... that's not what she said."

This is an absolute give away, that Kanye West is beta to Kim Kardashian's alpha status - and in this moment he's got an even lower confidence and lower emotional comfort status than a few seconds earlier - and that at least for now, there will be no more children.  We see this example in the context of a talk show and popular culture -  and it's entertaining to some, but this same nonverbal (and many others) goes unseen or glossed-over all day long in the business world.

Kanye is Beta - but he's pretending to be Alpha.


See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3553: Donald Trump, Deception, Facial Touching and Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3546: Carly Fiorina's and Ted Cruz's Awkward Raised Hand Holding

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3450: Kanye West reacts to Paparazzi's questions regarding Wiz Khalifa

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3096: Kanye West's Body Language at the 2015 Grammys

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2300: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West in Rio at Christ the Redeemer Statue and the Body Language of Palms Up vs. Palms Down  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2487: Chelsea Clinton's Beta Body Language - The Elevated Fig Leaf

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






The beginning moments this Ariana Grande guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! captures a fantastic example of a microexpression of fear superimposed over a subtle expression of fear.

At 0:12, Jimmy Kimmel continues: "... but you put such a dark -"

Ariana Grande: "Yeah."

Kimmel: "...almost blood-purply colored on your lips"

Grande: "Yeah."

Kimmel: "... with the bright red suite."

Grande: "It's a lot, but I think it's appropriate."

Kimmel: "It's fabulous."




0:16.2



















Microexpression of Fear (above) just as Kimmel says, "... blood purply colored ...".  Note her mouth corners pulled back (very brief) and Ariana's eyes opened wider than baseline




0:16.7


















In this second image we see another microexpression just before Kimmel says, "... lips ...". This is virtually identical to the example above, except that Ms. Grande's eyes are not opened quite as much (though still wider than her baseline).

The microexpression component is seen with the corners of her mouth pulling backwards twice (it may look like a miniature smile to some) - however it's very short-lived (please watch the video on normal speed and then on half speed to best appreciate this). Superimposed on this evanescent mouth nonverbal - we can see the longer duration change of Ariana's slightly widely opened eyes.

Grande is fearful that her lipstick wasn't the right color.


See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3547: Kate Middleton on Cover of Vogue's 100th Anniversary Issue

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3543: Donald Trump, "It Felt Like I Was Crossing The Border Actually"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3509: Bernie Sanders meets Birdie Sanders 

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

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3416: LeBron James Catches a Golden State Fan "calling" him a Cry Baby

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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
































This image of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Tim Purdy recently talking-down a "possibly suicidal" teen with a history of "violent behavior" due to a "neuro-developmental disorder" has recently gone viral.

Of course this is just one moment of a much longer interaction, yet it is significantly illustrative with respect to Officer Purdy's skill in using body language to de-escalate a volatile and potentially dangerous situation. 

Purdy brought himself down to eye level with the teen. His body language was thus saying:
  • "In this moment, I'm your peer, not your superior" 
  • "We are both human beings with real feelings"
  • "I have empathy for you"
  • "I see your point of view"

Purdy's even sitting on a lower surface:
  • "I am not here to subordinate you"
  • "I'm am not confronting you"

Purdy's leg configuration and hunched shoulders:
  • I'm not a physical threat
  • I'm relaxed (evoking and maintaining relaxed emotional tones, thoughts and posture in the teen) 

Purdy's body is not directly facing the teen, but off to one side:
  • I am not a threat
  • I'm not here to harm you
  • I'm sincerely here to help
  • I can be your friend 

Whether Officer Purdy's action were instinct/his personality, due to his experience as a parent or via training as a law enforcement professional - his response is an excellent example of using nonverbal skills in de-escalation. Indeed, without using body language in the context of de-escalation is an approach fraught with failure.

The primary reason this image went viral is because it's Empathy Evoking. The moment we see it, most of us immediately feel a wave of emotions for both the teen and the cop.

See also:

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3559: Kit Harington, Game of Thrones and Jon Snow

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2701: Cuddling, Romance, Affection and Foot-Shunning - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2993: Fight in Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport - Passengers Break Up Homophobic Attack - Threat Assessment Warning Signs 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3289: Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump Event, "Get Out of My Country" and De-Escalation  

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

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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






If you're a Nats fan, you may think Bryce Harper was a bit nervous ...

But before he cheated (twice) at catchphrase, Bryce Harper also dissed Gigi Hadid - both verbally AND nonverbally (by cutting in front of her at the game table). Jimmy Fallon and Andy Samberg react in disbelief - which can be seen during 1:31 (captured in the image below). Initially, both Jimmy's eye brows raise up - but his left one remains elevated longer. This longer duration display is an example of a macroexpression.

Andy Samberg's right eyebrow also shoots up - but very briefly in a microexpression of incredulity (please watch the video to see how short-lived this is).



























A few seconds earlier (0:24 - 0:37, shown below during 0:33) both of Gigi's thumbs were hooked inside her front pockets.  While professional models, such as Ms. Hadid, may strike this and other poses by default - in nearly all other settings this is but one nonverbal example of sexual interest or sexual display.























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3560: John Kasich regarding Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3554: Paul Allen, Steph Curry and the "Slack Jaw"

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3547: Kate Middleton on Cover of Vogue's 100th Anniversary Issue 

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3484: Chris Rock's Opening Monologue at the 2016 Oscars

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3022: Bill Cosby's Decades-Long Trademark Look - What Does It Tell Us? 

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

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3560: John Kasich regarding Donald Trump - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





During 0:49 in this interview from Monday 16 May 2016 (image captured below), John Kasich, continues, "... endorsing is going to mean a lot, and frankly, ah, my wife and my daughters have watched this - and if I were to turn around today and endorse him [Trump], they'd be like, 'Why Dad?' - and that matters to me."

Just after he says, 'Why Dad?', Kasich displays the following nonverbal microexpression anger cluster of signals :
  • Jaw Jut
  • Glaring Eyes
  • Tension in his Lower Eyelids 
  • Mid-facial Tension
  • Nostril Flaring
... but in this moment Governor Kasich is also displaying empathy with his wife and daughters - for in his verbal referencing of them, he's also momentarily stepping inside of their shoes and feeling their emotions - AND thus anticipating the anger he would expect them to have.

Please watch this video several times to more fully appreciate this particular body language dynamic.

























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2098:  Mamihlapinatapai - We've all seen it and displayed it

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3559: Kit Harington, Game of Thrones, Jon Snow and Body Language

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

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

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1499: Bill Clinton's Empathy for Eric Fehrnstrom and Mitt Romney ... What's Your Sincerity Quotient?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3553: Donald Trump, Deception, Facial Touching and Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3371: John Kasich at the Republican Debate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3475: John Kasich Hugs a Supporter - Was He Sincere?


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3559: Kit Harington, Game of Thrones, Jon Snow and Body Language - Spoiler Alert (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






Spoiler Alert!

Kit Harington was a guest recently on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show.  During his appearance he let leak a few secrets from The Game of Thrones - and one much speculation is included within the above video clip.

After revealing this key component of the story line, the Harington mentions that when he was first told of this secret himself - there were very few people he was "allowed" to tell - which, of course, did not include his parents.

What follows is a highlight of one particular nonverbal of Jon Snow's, er, ah, Kit Harington's - which is very common - yet not understood in the least by the vast majority of people.

Harington continues his instructions of secrecy at 0:43, "... and now you know. And you can't tell your Mum, you can't tell your Dad, you can't tell your brother, you can't tell your friends - no one."

Fallon: "No one knew?"

Harington: "No one knew."

Fallon: "You didn't tell anyone else?"

Harington: "I told Mum and Dad straight away, yeah ..."




0:54.7 - fully developed R2E2















Harington displays a Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression (aka an R2E2) just after he says, as he says, "I told Mum and Dad straight away, yeah ..." (during 0:54 - 0:55).

The R2E2 may be displayed as a microexpression - or a bit longer as it is here - primarily manifested for about one second, yet with a slow "trailing off" for about another second (thus an example of a macroexpression).

The vast majority of those who claim to know body language will misinterpret R2E2 displays as disgust or, as it appears closer to in this example - contempt. How can you differentiate R2E2s from these other two emotional displays?

The R2E2 is an expression which is extremely common. Whenever you see it though, you should ask yourself:
  • Does this person truly believe what they're saying?
  • Of what precisely are they trying to convince me?
  • What's their underlying emotion?
  • What's their underlying motive?
  • Why are they trying so hard to persuade me? 
 Very often those using the R2E2 are trying too hard to rationalize. They're trying to convince both us - and themselves. Something they've done, are planning to do, or something they've said - which they don't believe in 100% (or often not even 50%) - and they're trying to dial up our Empathy so that we agree with them - they want to gain our rapport and support. It's an effort to get a sort of an accomplice.

It's common that the R2E2 can be indicative of, and clustered with other signals of patronizing behavior - sort of a subtle pat on the head - a nicer version of, "please just shut up and listen". These often include situations when there is an expertise disparity between the individuals/groups.

What are some professional settings where the R2E2 is seen more frequently?
  • Sales professionals
  • Law enforcement
  • Politicians
  • Attorneys
  • Physicians
as well as:
It's profoundly important to note, that as with any nonverbal behavior which may build rapport - if it's over-used, or used out-of-context - these will destroy rapport. Be very cautious of anyone who over-uses the R2E2 (or any body language) - for in such scenarios you are (at best) very likely being manipulated.





0:54.4

This expression, 0.3 seconds prior to the example above is sometimes all you see of the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression. 







See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3558: Jack Whitehall, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Lawrence and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3512: Emilia Clarke in "Me Before You"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2868: Queen Elizabeth II, Lena Headey and Game of Thrones

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3260: Cara Delevingne vs. Emilia Clarke in an Eyebrow-Off (plus some Schwarzenegger and Gyllenhaal) Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3548: Reince Priebus at White House Correspondents' Dinner 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3540: Johnny Manziel's Ego

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3516: Hillary Clinton, Finger Pointing, Fossil Fuels, Bernie Sanders and Lying

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