Sunday, May 28, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3951: Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, the G7 Summit, and The Paris Agreement - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)
























This image (and the close up below) of Donald Trump and Angela Merkel was taken at the recent G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy.

Angela Merkel's expression is very much worth nuancing. Note that her central forehead is contracted and elevated along with her inner (medial) eyebrows. There is also significant tension of her lower eyelids. From a nonverbal perspective, when an Elevated Central Forehead Contraction (Elevated CFC) occurs - it's of profound significance. However, the CFC must always be correlated with "what the rest of the face is doing" - particularly the mouth.

We can see that, simultaneously, Merkel's jaw is "hanging open" - in what is often colloquially referred to as a "Slack Jaw". Notice too, that it's not widely open as it is displayed during sincere surprise, rather only mild-to-moderately so.

It's also important to point out that none of her teeth are visible.

Another detail which correlates with the sincerity of this moment (and the "Slackness" of the jaw) is that her jaw (mandible) is retracted backward (posteriorly). This gives the appearance of a (momentary) over-bite (less noticeable, however, because no teeth are visible). The value of this subtle yet significant finding cannot be overstated when assessing sincerity and emotional shock.

This is the face of emotional shock and emotional processing. Chancellor Merkel is feeling a form of grief and emotional pain. She's having difficulty wrapping her logical-rational mind around her emotions in her response to what Trump is telling her.

Summary: Angela Merkel is bewildered and astonished at what Donald Trump is saying to her. This is not political posturing - rather her emotions are sincere.



























See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3950: Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and Donald Tusk at the G7

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3946: Melania Swats Away Donald Trump's Hand as They Arrive in Israel

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3928: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron Debate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3922: Vladimir Putin and Michael Flynn in Moscow

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3885: Vogue's 73 Questions with Selena Gomez

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3862: Oscars Mistake - "La La Land" erroneously named Best Picture over "Moonlight"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3808: Felicity Jones' Sincere Smile


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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3950: Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and Donald Tusk at the G7 - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

























In this image, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Donald Tusk (his left side to camera) are shown speaking with President Trump at the 2017 G7 Summit.

Note the configuration of Donald Trump's mouth and lips. This is a variation of a "Lip Purse", and more specifically, a "Forward Lip Purse".

A forward lip purse is a very common (and rarely understood) nonverbal display. It signals disagreement. To nuance this further - this particular flavor of disagreement is not always fully verbalized, in fact, a portion or even all of it is frequently kept secret. Thus when you see a forward lip purse, the accompanying spoken words are often misleading or deliberately deceptive. Therefore this particular nonverbal sign is also indicative of a clandestine plan.

Summary: When you see a forward lip purse, you should have a strong suspicion of deception. Do not trust the person's words - for they are planning, but not sharing. Protect your flank.

See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3949: Donald Trump Shoves Montenegro's PM Dusko Markovic at NATO HQ

Body Language Analysis No. 3947: Benjamin Netanyahu's reaction to Donald Trump's statement, "I never mentioned the Word or Name 'Israel' "

Body Language Analysis No. 3945: Donald Trump's Anxiety

Body Language Analysis No. 3943: Donald Trump hugs James Comey

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3927: Jimmy Kimmel's Emotional Monologue regarding His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3918: The Image of Kim Jong-un He Most Prefers the World to See - and What It Tells Us

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3871: Emma Watson's Old Habit, Harry Potter Outtake and Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3857: Taunting a Snowplow Driver - Belleville, Ontario

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3791: Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassinated in Ankara


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3949: Donald Trump Shoves Montenegro's PM Dusko Markovic at NATO HQ - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Today, while at NATO Headquarters, Donald Trump shoved his way through a crowd of other heads-of-state. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of this incident.





























As Donald Trump grabs the upper arm of Montenegro's Prime Minister, Dusko Markovic, Trump's expression is that of Disgust.




























Then as Trump pulls and then pushes Markovic, the Montenegrin is startled while American President's face continues expressing disgust.

Not only is this is a dramatic violation of interpersonal (intimate) space, but it's an aggressive physical act, which in most professional contexts would be classified as a form of harassment or even assault.




























Dusko Markovic managed to respond to Donald Trump's personal space violation by quickly positioning his hand against Trump's lower back. In this moment he's "counter-pushing" Trump away from him. It's an analog behavior of "punching back".

Although it's only a limited, lateral view, Dalia Grybauskaitė's expression (the President of Lithuania) on the far right side of this image can be seen. Her mouth is partially open (slack-jawed) and her forehead and eyebrows are elevated. She's in disbelief. This is an expression of emotional shock and emotional processing.




























Note how Trump's jaw is jutted forward. This action is significant for the adrenaline surge he's experiencing from pushing his way through a crowd of people.

Dalia Grybauskaitė is increasingly shocked.

Dusko Markovic is smiling-starting to laugh.




























While Dusko Markovic is suppressing simultaneous laughter and disgust, Trump performs a false-adjustment of his suit jacket. It's an example of what is known as an "Alpha-Upregulator". Very much like a gorilla beating his chest, he's affirming to himself and everyone else he is THE alpha - and that he has put them in their collective (beta) places.





























Although we don't know what she's saying, we see President Dalia Grybauskaitė gesture with her palm-up. This illustrator is, generally speaking, not alpha, but beta behavior. However, depending on the other simultaneous nonverbals and verbals signals - it can be an alpha-beta hybrid. While it may involve an "asking" or a suggestion to "consider" - it's friendly, disarming, and projects a symbolic "please" emotional tone. Thus it's rapport building and engenders diplomacy.

President Trump often displays the double palms up - however, he over-uses it in terms of both frequency and in amplitude ('performed' a hyperbolic nature).




























Trump retorts with a palm-down index finger pointing/jabbing.  This illustrator is hyper-alpha, hyper-aggressive, and universally offensive in virtually every culture in the World.

























Trump then rotates his torso away from President Grybauskaitė (Dissing/Disrespecting behavior) - but then fluxes downward to a beta emotional state as he configures his hands in a fig-leaf (aka genital guarding) position. A part of his psyche knows he has over-stepped, thus he is (subconsciously and momentarily) down-regulating his aggressiveness.

Summary: Donald Trump's shoving and pushing his way through a group of other World leaders at the NATO HQ today is a classic example of "out-of-context" behavior (e.g., This was not a contest, nor was it a platform for physicality). Trump displayed quintessential hyper-alpha body language and violations of interpersonal (intimate) space


See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3946: Melania Swats Away Donald Trump's Hand as They Arrive in Israel

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha

Body Language Analysis No. 3942: Donald Trump, James Comey, Contempt, and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3924: French Presidential Front-Runner Emmanuel Macron

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3886: Donald Trump, Russia, Healthcare, and "Huge" Negotiation Faux Pas

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3769: Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)


























The image above (and the cropped close-up below) shows one of the few currently available photos of Salman Abedi - the alleged perpetrator of the recent bombing during at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Tragically, 22 victims were killed and at least 120 others were injured.

Note the expression on Abedi's face - it's a mixture of both Contempt and Disgust. The elevated "snarl" appearance on HIS left side (e.g. the well-defined nasolabial fold [the furrow running from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth]), is particularly emblematic of Contempt. His mid-face tightness (in the "mustache area") is consistent with both of these emotions (although also more accentuated on his left - ergo contempt). His "droopy eyelids", while perhaps longstanding (e.g., congenital ptosis) - here serve as an amplifier of contempt and disgust. Abedi's backward head tilt also acts to intensify each of these emotions.

As human beings, we all occasionally feel - and thus display each of these feelings - but hopefully not very often or too intensely.

However, those who make such facial expressions frequently have a dramatically increased likelihood of having impulse control disorder (colloquially known as a "short temper"). Therefore in the context of significant disagreements, these individuals will tend to use physical force and outright violence to solve problems - rather than dialog, diplomacy, and reason.

Moreover, if we evaluate the real-time behavior and/or social media behavior record of the people who perpetrate terrorist activity or mass-shootings - we will observe a dramatic frequency of disgust and contempt - as well as anger (often there exists a mixture of these emotions)

With this in mind, it's not surprising that a senior person at the mosque which Abedi attended (the Manchester Islamic Centre aka Didsbury Mosque) reported that Salman Abedi looked at him with a "face of hate" after the imam gave a sermon denouncing terrorism and preaching against ISIS.

Summary: Careful observation of Nonverbal Behavior plays a crucial role in Threat Assessment and preventing violence. The perpetrator of the 2017 Manchester Bombing, Salman Abedi, is yet another example of an individual who exhibited such body language red flags. And while certainly not all of those who display chronic expressions of anger, contempt, and/or disgust will perpetrate terrorist activity - they will virtually always have impulse control disorder (thus you don't want to date them, hire them, be hired by them, vote for them, etc.).

My deepest condolences for all those who have suffered in this horrific event.




























See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3947: Benjamin Netanyahu's reaction to Donald Trump's statement, "I never mentioned the Word or Name 'Israel' "

Body Language Analysis No. 3945: Donald Trump's Anxiety - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3943: Donald Trump hugs James Comey

Body Language Analysis No. 3941: H.R. McMaster’s Press Conference, Part II — Donald Trump, Russia & Classified Information

Body Language Analysis No. 3933: Sally Yates Testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3870: Paul Ryan's Response to Donald Trump during President's Speech before The Joint Session of Congress

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3802: Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey and UFC 207


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3947: Benjamin Netanyahu's reaction to Donald Trump's statement, "I never mentioned the Word or Name 'Israel' " - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Yesterday, while standing next to Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump said, "I never mentioned the Word or Name 'Israel' - never mentioned it, during that conversation - they were all saying I did - so ya had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word 'Israel'..."

President Trump was, of course, referring to his recent meeting with Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office. It's alleged that Trump disclosed classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador - and in so doing also, directly or indirectly, also revealed the source(s) of the classified information.

























Notice as President Trump said, "... during that conversation ...", President Netanyahu was turning toward Trump while jutting his jaw forward. A "Jaw Jut" virtually always indicates a surge in adrenaline.

When it comes to his conduct on camera, President Netanyahu is probably the most experienced and skilled high-profile head-of-state in the World. Yet we still see this body language red flag. It begs the question: Why was Netanyahu experiencing an adrenaline surge?

The Israeli leader was also simultaneously displaying an "Inward Lip Roll". An inward lip roll (ILR) is a sign that the subconscious/edge-of-consciousness trying to suppress strong feelings (both from being expressed outwardly - but also internally). What emotion was Netanyahu suppressing?

During this same nonverbal cluster, Netanyahu was also blinking with prolonged duration. This is a psychological blocking behavior - indicating he strongly disapproves of what he is thinking, seeing, and/or hearing.

Summary: President Benjamin Netanyahu's nonverbal behavior during President Trump's statement indicates he had strong opposition to the US leader making such an open declaration.


See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3946: Melania Swats Away Donald Trump's Hand as They Arrive in Israel

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha

Body Language Analysis No. 3942: Donald Trump, James Comey, Contempt and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3940: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster's Press Conference regarding President Trump's Sharing of Classified Intelligence with the Russians

Body Language Analysis No. 3935: Donald Trump and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3916: Marine Le Pen's Anger and The French Election

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3862: Oscars Mistake - "La La Land" erroneously named Best Picture over "Moonlight"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3801: Marion Cotillard, Lip Syncing and Honest Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3741: Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Weddings and Tears


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3946: Melania Swats Away Donald Trump's Hand as They Arrive in Israel - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





President Donald Trump arrived in Tel Aviv earlier today. For the next two days, he's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.


























At the airport, as Donald Trump and Melania were walking down the red-carpet welcome way, the President reached his left hand out and behind him in an effort to hold the First Lady's hand.


























But Melania was having none of it. She slapped it away. There are some who have (and will continue to say) that this was not what it looked like - a very clear, deliberate and public dissing. You can watch the video (and again in slow motion) and see for yourself.
























From a body language perspective, what Donald Trump does immediately after Melania's refusal, gives us a glimpse into his psyche. He reaches the same jilted hand up and the adjusts his tie. This is a MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) surrogate (the tie, in this context, is an extension of the body). When viewed in isolation, this False Tie Adjust is a signal of anxiety.

Yet we nuance this nonverbal further ...

More specifically, the False Tie Adjustment is a signal to one's psyche that the alpha qualities need to be dialed-up (and the beta feelings must be turned down). Thus it's one variety of what is called an alpha up-regulator. At this moment, Donald (or anyone else, were they in his shoes) feels much more beta than he wants to (or is used to) feeling. He's far below his emotional baseline (particularly in such an extremely public setting).

Moreover, when his hand was rebuffed, he felt the immediate need to hold something else - and, although his tie didn't need adjusting, he held it instead.
























He then performed a similar maneuver on the left side of his suit jacket.


Summary: Melania Trump swatted away the President's hand today at the airport in Tel Avia when he was trying to hold her hand. Donald Trump, upon being dissed, understandably felt anxiety - and this knocked him into a beta emotional state. Although many have and will deny what obviously occurred, the President's body language actions immediately after this very public rejection verify his momentary emotional state.


See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3945: Donald Trump's Anxiety - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3943: Donald Trump hugs James Comey

Body Language Analysis No. 3941: H.R. McMaster’s Press Conference, Part II — Donald Trump, Russia & Classified Information

Body Language Analysis No. 3939: The Russians are Confident - Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson, and Donald Trump

Body Language Analysis No. 3932: Raúl Labrador's Town Hall statement, "Nobody dies because they don't have access to healthcare..."

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3922: Vladimir Putin and Michael Flynn in Moscow

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3872: "Fearless Girl" Statue in Manhattan's Financial District

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3861: Emma Stone, The Oscars and Sincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3717: Creepy Clowns, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3945: Donald Trump's Anxiety - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)




























This image was taken recently of Donald Trump in the White House. Below is a cropped, close-up view of the same photo.

As a nonverbal exercise, while alone in a quiet room, replicate the President's expression. Proceed in the following order:

1.   Thrust your jaw mildly-moderately forward
2.   Tighten the back (posterior) portion of your jaw muscles (masseter)
3.   Hold your upper and lower teeth about 3-4 mm apart (~1/8 - 1/6 inch)
4.   Draw the corners your mouth inward - pursing your lips ever so slightly -
      but don't push your lips forward - just pull them together
5.   Push your tongue forward, touching with moderate pressure
      on the back sides of your front, lower teeth
6.   Lower the entire width of both of your eyebrows
7.   Slightly elevate your central forehead - this will pull up your inner (medial) eyebrows,
      while leaving your side (lateral) eyebrows lowered (as per no. 6)
8.   Look down to your left
9.   Fixate your gaze at something in the middle distance (e.g., 3-6 meters away)
10. Slightly defocus your eyes
11. Stand up
12. Bend (flex) your neck forward about 15 - 20 degrees
13. Slightly bend your upper back forward ('hunching your back' - in a kyphosis-like rounding)
14. Slightly elevate your shoulders and foreshorten your neck

Now review to be sure you're performing all 14 items. What is the emotion that best describes how you feel?

Adopting this combination of postures and facial configurations will make you feel anxious, hesitant - and quite beta. Thus, not only does a worried person subconsciously morph his or her body language to reflect the way they are feeling in that moment - but the reverse also is true - adopting these nonverbal positions will make you truly feel the emotions that your body is signaling to your brain. The same is true for any feeling. You have the control panel. You're at the helm. You're steering the ship.
























See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha

Body Language Analysis No. 3942: Donald Trump, James Comey, Contempt and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3940: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster's Press Conference regarding President Trump's Sharing of Classified Intelligence with the Russians

Body Language Analysis No. 3938: Donald Trump regarding asking James Comey for his Loyalty

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3927: Jimmy Kimmel's Emotional Monologue regarding His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3903: Rex Tillerson Disagrees with Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3873: Brie Larson's Eyes, The Bachelor, and the Edge of Consciousness

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3864: Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick Arguing with an Uber Driver regarding Falling Fares - Escalation v. De-Escalation, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

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


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Dwayne Johnson was recently featured in the cover article of GQ. It's author, Caity Weaver, asked him if he'd ever run for president. His answer - "I think that it's a real possibility." Was he serious? What do his nonverbal signals tell us?

One anxiety display - common to The Rock and all humans, is the "Butt Adjust". When one sees or hears something which causes them anxiety, they will frequently lean forward, lift their butt up a just a little, and sit back in their chair - usually a bit closer to the back. Not only does this indicate anxiety, but more specifically, it's their psyche attempting (not always successfully) at dialing up their alpha qualities and down-regulating their beta characteristics. Of course, there's no doubt that Johnson is an alpha male - but of he's also human. And he too has many moments when he feels the need to 'step it up'.
























As Johnson says (beginning at 3:59), "... She's very, very witty, she was amazing [Deep Inhalation] But in it, as we were talking 'bout, she goes, 'Would you ever consider running for President?' and I said, 'Yeah, of course I would consider it' ", Johnson displays a "Butt Adjust" (image above).























The Rock performs another Butt Adjustment during 5:15 - 5:16 after he acknowledges The Tonight Show audience and, in return, they cheer him on.





That same second (beginning at 5:16) Johnson says, "I, I, mean really, I, I, I've been blown away and I'm very flattered by it, 'n' three and a half years is s-, is a long ways away so we'll see [laughs]."

Jimmy Fallon answers,"I love that. Ah, and I love the, thee, here's the, the theme, the c-, the cover is sooo, ah, ah, it's being parodied ..."





As Fallon says, "... and I love the ..." (during 5:26), The Rock displays a "Tongue Jut" - more specifically a "Loose Tongue Jut". This is an indication he feels, "I've just been caught" (Navarro). This is in response to his statement, "so we'll see".

This emotion of being caught/embarrassment is further amplified by Johnson's blushing as well as his simultaneous prolonged blink. There are also elements of humbled-self-deprecating feelings present as well.

Summary: Dwayne Johnson is indeed considering a run for the US Presidency in 2020. He is humbled. He is sincere. There is no deception here.


See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3943: Donald Trump hugs James Comey - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3941: H.R. McMaster’s Press Conference, Part II — Donald Trump, Russia & Classified Information

Body Language Analysis No. 3939: The Russians are Confident - Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson, and Donald Trump

Body Language Analysis No. 3937: Mr. Lavrov Goes To Washington - “Was he fired? You’re kidding!” - Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson, and James Comey

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3928: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron Debate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3887: Why Does Donald Trump Point at People So Often?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3858: Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart with "Apology"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3775: Women Try 'Manspreading' For A Week


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3943: Donald Trump hugs James Comey - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





In the video above, Benjamin Wittes, a and friend of James Comey (and senior fellow at The Brookings Institute) - recounts the former FBI Director's interaction with Donald Trump just two days after his inauguration. There were many moments of this exchange worthy of nonverbal nuance.What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.






The second video (immediately above) is the same event, only unedited.




















In the image above we see the two men a fraction of a second after their initial, hand-to-hand contact.





Here is a closeup cropped image of that same instant. Although it's a lateral view, this very brief facial expression (microexpression) is in complete agreement with Mr. Wittes' description of Director Comey's Disgust. It's certainly present here - the flared nostril, the tightening of the tissue below the nose and above the upper lip, and the angle of the corner of his mouth. If we were to view his face from a forward angle, Comey's nose would be "wrinkled".


Now - let's go backward a few seconds.

























As Donald Trump says, "Oh, and there's, um, [hyperbolic air kiss/pucker, arms extended, hands tilted primarily upward] James [pause]. He's become more famous than me [audience laughter]. Director Comey."

The President's melodramatic/false air kiss/pucker, extending his arms with his palms upward - was very much a pseudo - "Come to Daddy" nonverbal cluster. It's a significantly patronizing gesture - asking/demanding the then FBI Director to walk across the room to him.




























As James Comey walks across the room to the new President, he keeps his fingers intertwined - both vestigially from a moment before - in deference to the Office of the Presidency (note most everyone else in the room is in a fig-leaf or similar configuration) - but also largely reflecting his hesitancy to shake Trump's hand.

























Upon grasping James Comey's right hand, Donald Trump pulls him in, close to his torso. This is Trump's default handshake choreography. When it's a behavior displayed over time, it also is highly correlative with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.




























Trump then transitions into a hug - which, as Mr. Wittes observes, is one-sided. Director Comey turns his torso to his left (and very probably his feet were pointing to his [Comey's] left too) - already rotating away from Trump in an effort to minimize the torso contact - which allows Trump to whisper in Comey's ear (both poor etiquette and further patronizing).

Note Comey's left arm - the upper portion (humerus) is posterior to his torso - distancing himself from Trump - yet the lower arm/hand held in readiness should it be needed to insulate further from any proximity to Trump.
























In this last image, we see a beautiful example of a well described nonverbal phenomenon known as a "Partial Emblematic Slip". You'll notice that Trump's forefinger, ring finger and pinky finger all partially contracted - however, his middle finger is extended.

Breaking down the nomenclature - this is an "Emblem" - because an extended middle finger recognized widely for its meaning. It's "Partial" - due to the fact that it's not held high, finger pointed up, in a fully expressed manner. And it's a "Slip" because it's not consciously initiated - rather it driven by the subconscious. Trump's psyche is flipping Comey off.

This nonverbal profanity display, albeit subconscious, is congruent with new allegations published today - that President Trump told Sergey Kislyack and Sergey Lavrov - in the Oval Office earlier this month that the firing of James Comey, had alleviated “great pressure” on him. Trump also allegedly told the Russian's, "I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job" - and that he (Trump) "faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.

Summary:

As was told by Comey's friend, Benjamin Wittes - James Comey did indeed feel disgusted toward Trump in this moment. And not only was Donald Trump very patronizing toward the FBI Director - Trump's subconscious flipped Comey the bird too.


See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3942: Donald Trump, James Comey, Contempt and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3940: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster's Press Conference regarding President Trump's Sharing of Classified Intelligence with the Russians - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3938: Donald Trump regarding asking James Comey for his Loyalty

Body Language Analysis No. 3936: Donald Trump's first interview after Firing James Comey

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3931: Marine Le Pen's Default Configuration (and What it Tells Us)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3918: The Image of Kim Jong-un He Most Prefers the World to See

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3885: Vogue's 73 Questions with Selena Gomez

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3860: Ian McKellen, The Oscars and a spot-on Maggie Smith Impression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3809: Horse Lays His Head On Coffin As He Mourns The Loss Of His Human Best Friend - Cross-Species Body Language & Emotional Intelligence


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