Sunday, July 5, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3237: 2015 FIFA World Cup Champions, Fiero and Emotional Processing (PHOTOS)





























It's intriguing that while English has more words than any other language - it suffers from a relative lack of words which nuance emotion - particularly positive emotions.

Coined by the Italian Psychologist, Isabella Poggi - "Fiero" is a term describing the unique emotion experienced in moments after great accomplishment. Of course fiero can be experienced in almost any field of human endeavor - yet it's most predictable and witnessed by those on the athletic field and thus here it is commonly photographed.

In each of these photos there is one American Woman with a facial expression, which if isolated and removed from the rest of the photo, we would label them as pain, anger, fear or even violent aggression (Abby Wambach [20] in the first, the second image Tobin Heath [17] and in the third Lauren Holiday [12]). All of these athletes are in the midst of emotionally processing the events - while their surrounding teammates (Kelley O’Hara [5], Carli Lloyd [10] and Ali Krieger [11]) are a few seconds further down this natural emotional pathway. Their faces have progressed and are expressing sincere and pure joy which most everyone will recognize.

Thank you Dr. Poggi. 

























Congratulations to the U.S. Women's National Team - the 2015 FIFA World Cup Champions.























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3236: A Common Body Language Disparity Display - Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3047: Ethan's Christmas wish comes true - Emotional Processing of Joy-Happiness

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3133: The Red Flag of Robert Durst's Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3155: Aaron Hernandez found Guilty - gets Life Sentence without possibility of Parole - Body Language Tells


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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3236: A Common Body Language Disparity Display - Donald Trump (PHOTOS)

























Politicians are always giving the "Thumbs Up" sign. Richard Nixon did it, Ronald Reagan did it and so did Bill Clinton. Many people will tell you that the thumbs up nonverbal arose out of ancient Rome - the spectators' signal as to whether a gladiator should live or die. However some historians will say this is apocryphal  - a re-write of history which had its origins from artwork of the 19th Century (Pollice Verso, 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme). Regardless of its origins, the thumbs up body language gesture has come to mean an enthusiastic statement of the affirmative, proceed with your current action, you're on the correct path and or a simple yes.

Donald Trump probably uses the thumbs-up illustrator more often than most politicians. Regardless of party or country, a phenomenon associated with this gesture is that the facial expression is very often incongruent with the optimism an upward pointing thumb is supposed to be projecting. When the hands are not in agreement with the face - what is the true emotion? Are they both somehow correct? Hmmm.

The thumbs up display is a very conscious nonverbal signal - however the simultaneous facial expression is virtually always subconsciously generated. This is an excellent example of what in body language nomenclature is known as "leakage". A significant amount of mental energy and effort (albeit brief) is dedicated to the action of thinking about and then displaying this hand gesture. In this evanescence of the thumbs-up illustrator, the remainder of the mind's filter has a lower threshold to social norms and acting. Thus everything except the hand/arm becomes a bit more transparent - allowing us to glimpse into the psyche for a second. The facial expression of true emotion "leaks" out - when normally it would be more contained.

These four images of Mr. Trump all show him with his thumb(s) vectored upward - yet they all four have different facial expressions. And his face tells the real story.

Take home point: When there is a disparity between the conscious and the subconscious body language signals - the true emotions are revealed in those nonverbals initiated subconsciously.

In the first image (above) Mr. Trump's facial expression is primarily that of (subtle) anger. What is his secondary emotion?




This second image reveals Mr. Trump at a moment where his face is close to a sincere smile - close, but not quite sincere. What is/are the specific characteristic(s) here which tells us this is not complete sincerity?





















In this instant, Donald Trump's thumb is saying yes, but his face (his true emotion) is projecting disgust.






Donald Trump is displaying two emotions here - the more prevalent one is incredulity - while contempt comes in second. 

What emotion is often seen when contempt and disbelief coexist?


If a person made this expression often, what other personality tendency would she/he most likely have?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3235: Jim Webb Announces His Presidential Bid .... and some Body Language Weakness

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2763: Richard Nixon, My Lai Massacre - Conscious and Subconscious Body Language Display

Negotiation Body Language Secret No. 441:  Bill Clinton's Rapport and His Temporary Universe

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2861: Ronald Reagan and Variations on Thumbs-Up Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3152: Hillary Clinton First Campaign Ad - "Getting Started" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2426:  Remembering Ronald Reagan,  "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall"  Body Language at the Brandenburg Gate 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2674: Did Chris Christie Orchestrate Bridge Closure or Cover Up His Subordinates Actions? Body Language Tells Us ... 

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3235: Jim Webb Announces His Presidential Bid .... and some Body Language Weakness (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Late Wednesday yet another candidate announce his bid for the 2016 Presidential Race. Jim Webb - a democrat - who served in the U.S. Senate for Virginia from 2006 - 2012. He announced his decision via Twitter and the video above was posted on his website and on YouTube shortly thereafter. What follows is a partial nonverbal critique.

Webb has been described as "having a gruff personality", a "stiff campaigner", a "stoic military personality" and "standoffish" among others.

From a production standpoint, the resolution of the video is of low. It's not framed in the typical 16:9 aspect ratio (utilized by YouTube any many other media sources) - subsequently the sides of the video are black. This looks amateurish.

On the right side of the video the medium-blue background moves in a slow wave-like manner. This is visually distracting both physiologically and psychologically. On the left side of the screen the much darker background blends in with the candidate - and acts as a visual metaphor making Webb appear weak and indistinct. This very same mistake was made famous by Richard Nixon in his first Debate with John Kennedy in September of 1960.

Throughout the entirety of this 14 minute video, whenever Sen. Webb is shown - he's virtually in the same position. Webb essentially never moves his body (although we see a slight shrug-like nonverbal exception during the 1:04 - 1:05, when he says, "Over the past few months, thousands of concerned Americans from across the political spectrum have urged me to run for president." In this context, what does this shrug signify?). Sen. Webb is indeed stone-like and stoic.

One key mistake is that Webb's hands are not visible. When we cannot see a person's hands - it is human instinct to trust them less. This principle cannot be over-stated. Indeed when hand and arm gestures (known in body language colloquial as "illustrators") are used in a nuanced, contextual and proportional manner - they will lead to improved rapport, they project assertiveness and confidence - as well as engendering better listening and greater recall of those who hear them.

What do Senator Webb's facial nonverbals tell you? Stay tuned.




















See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3234: Whole Foods Market, Message to Customers, Damage Control and Body Language Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2016: Hillary Clinton, Roosevelt Island, Building Rapport and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3200: Martin O'Malley announces Candidacy for 2016 Presidential Race - Body Language of Emotional Processing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3177: Carly Fiorina Announces her Candidacy for the 2016 Presidential Race - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3134: Ted Cruz to Announce his Candidacy for 2016 Presidential Race - Why He Will Never Win

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3226: Bobby Jindal Jumps In the 2016 Presidential Race - Puts "Family Meeting" online

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2134:  A Watershed Body Language Moment:  Nixon - Kennedy Debates 1960

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

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3234: Whole Foods Market, Message to Customers, Damage Control and Body Language Faux Pas (VIDEO, PHOTO)





Whole Foods Market has been in damage control mode of late. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs uncovered what it called a "systematic over-charging for pre-packaged foods". Yesterday the up-scale grocery store featured their Co-CEOs, John Mackey and Walter Robb, in this "non-apology apology" video published on YouTube. No doubt their script was carefully crafted by a team of attorneys - yet the words, "Straight-up, ah, we made some mistakes. We want to own that and tell you what we're doing about it" - is not the equivalent (or anything close) to saying, "We're sorry" or "We apologize" - or better yet if they each said, "I apologize" and "I'm sorry" (the word "we" is a distancing word - which spreads the blame and not a good example of leadership in this non-apology apology). They imply, of course, that these were weighing mistakes and the "pricing issues" will be solved by increased and improved employee training. Perhaps this is indeed what occurred. But what do their nonverbal cues tells us? Is their body language congruent with their verbal language?




With the exception of a few countries in the World and in a religious context, putting both hands together in a prayer-like configuration known as a "Pseudo-Prayer" is a highly patronizing. Here John Mackey amplifies this condescending emotional tone by an additional chopping motion. This nonverbal MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) should be strongly avoided in the business setting throughout the vast majority of the World (and certainly throughout North America) and in all settings where rapport is sought.




Walter Robb displays another body language MAP which, in the right setting - and in small doses, does indeed project confidence and assertiveness - the "Conventional Steeple". However the vast majority of alpha personalities whom use this steeple variant, end up over-using it and consequently it backfires. During a true apology, non-apology apology or an explanation to the public - it should NEVER be used - for then it only serves to project insincerity, arrogance and a condescending emotional tone.


This video was filmed with multiple cameras. When Mr. Mackey and Mr. Robb spoke they were looking into one camera while all cameras were filming and the final video was of course a product of editing. The published video (above) shows multiple examples of both CEOs not looking directly at the viewer because they were looking into another camera. This is a huge mistake. It's a trend in the news and reporting industry - and while creativity is certainly a valuable thing - here it's very misguided. In this context, lack of eye contact will be interpreted (felt) by the viewer as a huge red-flag of insincerity or outright deception. Many children will tell you this and most everyone feels so instinctively. And why here it's an attempt to be artsy (or worse - following a trend) - instead it throws out huge signals equivalent to "My words are not congruent with my thoughts and feelings".


















It's important to note though, in this example this lack of eye contact is a product of editing. However it's also a paramount that during this crisis management moment - this decision helped to make the problem worse.




Both men have significant facial asymmetry. John Mackey's forehead appears to be relatively hypo-functional on his left - which results in a compensatory over-action of his right forehead muscles (and thus an elevation of his eyebrow). This gives him the appearance of incredulity. This partial facial palsy is most likely due to a cranial nerve VII palsy on his left (an old injury or virus) or a result of the effects of Botox wearing off unevenly. This medical issue should be addressed for it will perpetually project feelings of disbelief. Not a good thing for a CEO.




Walter Robb's facial asymmetry involves his lower face and results in him speaking out of the right side of his mouth. This also appears to be a facial palsy (and quite unusual for both CO-CEOs to have this ailment). It's also possible this is a long-standing idiosyncrasy (similar to a facial tic) giving rise to a lop-sided speaking style. When a person momentarily begins to speak out of one side of his mouth - and it's not chronic (e.g., due to injury or a life-long habit, etc.) - it's a signal of hubris or deception.



Early in the video when Mr. Robb says, "Straight-up, ah, we made some mistakes. We want to own that and tell you what we're doing about it"- with the word "ah" - we see a microexpression of fear displayed in a highly characteristic mouth with the corners configured evanescently vectored down and laterally. There's also a tenting of his neck muscles. Fear does not necessarily imply deception in this context because anytime we admit a mistake, there can be and usually is an element of apprehension and fear present. What does the simultaneous prolonged blink suggest?

Both men display a blinking rate significantly above average (Mackey more so - please watch video to appreciate this dynamically) - which is a general indicator of anxiety. It's important to observe a person during normal, non-nervous times to establish a baseline for what is normal for them (dry eye syndrome, for example, can cause a significant increase in blinking). During political debates, even presidential candidates will have an increased rate of this nonverbal display - even during moments of truth-telling.

Did you notice Mr. Mackey's several "hard swallows"?

Far too often in the midst of crisis management, in an effort to solve one problem - another one is created. Otherwise experienced and adept professionals simply (and with misplaced machismo) wing-it when it comes to their body language and related PR skills. While this "weight and pricing" problem is far from the grocery store equivalent of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - and Mackey or Robb are not Tony Hayward - they're not Daniel Day Lewis or Meryl Streep either.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3233: Chris Christie formally enters the 2016 Presidential Race - What about his Body Language?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2512:  Matthew Cordle's YouTube Confession  and the Death of Vincent Canzani  "I Killed a Man" - What His Body Language Tells Us ...  It's NOT what you think!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2863: Gary Oldman's Apology on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" - Sincere or Insincere? - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3079: Tom Brady, Deflategate - Part Deux

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2945: Roger Goodell's Interview regarding Ray Rice - Denies NFL saw Video before Monday - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2327:  What is meant by "Eye Contact"?  A Body Language Fundamental

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3197: FIFA, Sepp Blatter and the Pseudo-Prayer

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2982: Politicians Should Never Do This If They Want To Be Elected - Hillary Clinton's Body Language Mistake


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3233: Chris Christie formally enters the 2016 Presidential Race - What about his Body Language? (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Chris Christie made his 2016 Presidential Campaign official yesterday - giving his announcement speech at the high school from which he graduated. Many people, including the New Jersey Governor himself, have described his style as "plain-speaking" and "blunt" (e.g., "... I mean what I say and I say what I mean ..."). This is political-speak for a "working man's sincerity" in attempt to court "the common person's vote". What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of his speech.

From a body language perspective, Christie very commonly not only projects an alpha emotional tone - but is often quite hyper-alpha. His paralanguage and his verbal communication are also similarly more extreme. Of course Governor Christie may still be very sincere and plain-speaking without being hyper-alpha, overly-aggressive and out-right angry. He is confusing the two qualities of anger/assertiveness with sincerity/plain-speaking - as if they were two parts of the same whole - yet of course they're not. Chris Christie can still be blunt and sincere without getting angry.

At the 16:35 mark, Governor Christie continues, "... America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness in the oval office. We need to have strength and decision-making and authority back in the oval office and that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America! ..."

It is curious (and ironic) that in this particularly important paragraph Governor Christie uses the nonverbal metaphor of "hand-wringing". Hand-wringing in both body language and common speech conjures up images and emotions of indecisiveness, emotional dissonance and anxiety. Yet for much of this speech Chris Christie paces back and forth across the stage in what also signals similar anxiety and inner-conflict as well as the "bleeding" of nervous-energy. He is criticizing others for worrying (outwardly and inwardly) while he himself is doing that exact same thing - and telegraphing it too.

It is never good to use any body language too often. Over-doing anything will inevitably back-fire. Chris Christie should have had a wireless microphone so as to have both hands free (during this or any speech). A hand-held microphone engenders monotonous behavior with the free hand. Index finger (forefinger) pointing is cross-culturally and universally negatively received. It makes people feel berated and belittled. It destroys rapport and will cost votes (it does however make it's user feel powerful ... while it simultaneously up-regulates the users anger). The Governor moreover amplifies this negative nonverbal even further by his dramatic and repetitive use of the hand-chop - thus becoming a "finger-point hand-chop" illustrator. This is one of the worse nonverbals signals anyone can use (even in a highly-partisan, hand-picked crowd such as this setting).

Christie's courted the center-leaning voters during his last gubernatorial race - which served him well. He may be well served by a similar strategy in such a crowded republican presidential primary. However by using such anger and hyper-alpha qualities expressed in his verbal language, paralanguage and body language - will dramatically reduce his ability to win the his party's nomination.

Governor Christie - you can be both plain speaking and blunt without being angry and aggressive.



















See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3232: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce Divorce - a Body Language Signal of Diminishing Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2999: Chris Christie to James Keady "Sit Down and Shut Up" - Body Language Congruent with ...

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2612: Chris Christie 'Calls a Spade a Spade' (Well … Almost) - Body Language of the 2016 Republican Presidential Hopeful

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2222:  Corey Booker's Body Language Indicates that  He does NOT want to Run for Governor of New Jersey

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2174:  President Obama, Hurricane Sandy,  Body Language and Thumbs Backwards Arms Akimbo

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3002: How NOT to sit in the Oval Office - Mitch McConnell ... your Beta is Showing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2595: Barack Obama's Emotional Dissonance, Low Confidence and the "Turtle Retreat" - He Does Not Want To Be There


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3232: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce Divorce - a Body Language Signal of Diminishing Affection (PHOTOS)







































Some who follow celebrities have been speculating for a while about the health of Jennifer Garner's and Ben Affleck's marriage. Such Hollywood watchers may have seen something similar to above photo. Today Ben and Jenn announced their plans to divorce.

From time to time most everyone will walk in front of their significant other. When this behavior is demonstrated occasionally, it usually is symptomatic of anxiety. More specifically it signifies a preoccupation with an upcoming event (or the ramifications of a past event). Another way to think of this body language - is that the person guilty of it is not being mindful (not living in the present moment).

However when a person consistently walks a bit ahead of their partner, it's a strong nonverbal example of diminishing affection. In addition, such signals of sentiment shrinkage will virtually always be seen prior to an affair. Can you name any other body language harbingers of relationship failure?


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 3231: Jeb Bush just prior to the Announcement of his Candidacy - What his Body Language Tells Us

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2424: Giada De Laurentiis on Conan O'Brien - Beautiful Teeth but Insincere Smiles and Some Body Language Signals of Waning Love

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2:  Body Language of Blake Lively and Penn Badgley  Strongly Suggests an Impending Break-up in Near Future

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2827: Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy - She was the Alpha, He was the Beta

Romance, Marriage and Dating - Body Language Secret No. 609:  Going from High Heels to Flats and then back to Heels

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1916:  Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise are getting a Divorce - What Body Language Metric could have Predicted this  Back When They Were Dating?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2508:  Surfer Kelia Moniz and a  Classic Flirtatious Body Language Display


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 3231: Jeb Bush just prior to the Announcement of his Candidacy - What his Body Language Tells Us (PHOTO)








































This image of Jeb Bush was captured just before he formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States. He was taking with his father - the potential Bush 45 speaking with Bush 41. What is Jeb's emotional tone in this moment? What does his body language tell us?

First look at his legs. His feet are about a shoulder-width apart. Generally speaking, the wider the legs and feet are apart - the greater the confidence a person is feeling in that moment. Of course - this only goes so far and if a person has their feet too widely spaced, this effect ceases - and will look odd (as well as signal other emotions - Do you know what this indicates?). Could Jeb increase his alpha emotions if his feet were even further apart? Yes, however the degree to which he he's doing so here is consistent with the level assertiveness he needs (without over-doing it).

The former Governor of Florida's back, neck and shoulders are straight and squared respectively - all consistent with high confidence.

When we look the configuration of his arms, both tell us valuable information. In concert with his shoulder his right arm is held a bit away from his body. To those who are in-tune with his nonverbal cue, they will sense a physical strength from this arm position. His right hand is relaxed - indicating no anger or undue tension.

His left hand and arm are busy with his mobile phone - yet there are two crucial components here which signal us Jeb's relative alpha-beta balance. The angle of his arm/elbow (to the axis of his torso if viewed from above him - as if we were looking directly down from the ceiling) is about 45 degrees. Viewed from the angle we have in this photo we see his arm is significantly elevated (although it could be and with some people the elbow matches the height of the shoulder and occasionally it moves even higher - do you know what such a configuration signifies?). With these two angles we can say that Mr. Bush's confidence is certainly high - but not too elevated.

Now look at his left index finger - it's centered on the back of his phone - and not with the other fingers (that is, not on opposite side of the phone from his thumb). This shows us a relatively high alpha tone predominates in the Governor's psyche.

Unlike George W. Bush, his younger brother is right handed. Jeb has got his cell phone in his left hand tell while speaking with his father - what does this tell you about his thought-feelings here?

In summary, when we take all his body language displayed in this cluster, the moment this picture was taken, the 2016 Presidential candidate has a relatively high alpha emotional mindset - he's feeling confident and assertive at about a level of 7 or 8 on a 1-to-10 scale.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3230: Kanye West arrives at Glastonbury - But What Does He Think? - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2674: Did Chris Christie Orchestrate Bridge Closure or Cover Up His Subordinates Actions? Body Language Tells Us ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3152: Hillary Clinton First Campaign Ad - "Getting Started"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2973: Rand Paul's Body Language Tells Us His Plan B for 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3134: Ted Cruz to Announce his Candidacy for 2016 Presidential Race - Why He Will Never Win

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3200: Martin O'Malley announces Candidacy for 2016 Presidential Race - Body Language of Emotional Processing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3226: Bobby Jindal Jumps In the 2016 Presidential Race - Puts "Family Meeting" online 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3230: Kanye West arrives at Glastonbury - But What Does He Think? - Body Language (PHOTOS)






















Despite at least 133,000 signatures collected an online petition with the goal replacing him at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival, Kanye West nonetheless took the stage. He and Kim Kardashian arrived by helicopter. They were not impressed. In the image above (a close up below), Kanye West is seen just after he stepped off his private flight.

More than any other expression - the one the rapper/producer star displays most frequently is that of disgust. This emotion is manifested on his face chronically. Those who display chronic disgust (as well as contempt or anger chronically) have a much higher incidence of narcissistic personality disorder, problems with impulse control, a tendency to solving problems physically rather than using diplomacy - and a higher likelihood of initiating violent acts.

























See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3172: Jameis Winston, the NFL Draft, Body Language and Predicting Violent Behavior

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3131: Kim Jong-un, his Uncle Jang Song-thaek and a Warning sign of Potential Violence - Body Language

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

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3229: Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers and a SNL Reunion - REALLY!?! - a Body Language Trick of Comedians (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Like many other comedians, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers routinely use a nonverbal trick which makes it easier for their audiences' to laugh. They constantly slip in and out of expressions - between those of neutral faces - and back to those of partially suppressed smiles. Seeing this fluctuation automatically elevates the mood of everyone who views them thus increasing the likelihood of them smiling too - and therefor laughing as well. There is a strong tendency for us to mirror the facial expressions and body language of others. This sets our emotional bar higher (or lower, depending on the expression) - making it more likely for us to "catch" the humor (or sadness). Humor is an emotional contagion and smiling (or laughing) facilitates it's transmission.

















It's also very true that maintaining (or oscillating in and out of) such comedic expressions sets up a positive emotional feed-back loop in those very people displaying it. We make ourselves more joyful. The best mood elevator we have at our disposal is not any drug - but in how we nuance our face (and body) - steering our emotions to more joyful waters.


















See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3228: Barack Obama in Rose Garden - The President regarding Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3227: Bobby Jindal's, "... I am tanned ..." remark - What does his Body Language tell us?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3078: Tom Brady, Deflategate, Deception and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3133: The Red Flag of Robert Durst's Body Language

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1287:  Barack Obama & David Cameron - Mirroring

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2831: "Walking Contest", Anxiety, Mirroring and False Intimacy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3071: Twins Come Out to Dad - The Rhodes Bros - Body Language of Mirroring


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3228: Barack Obama in Rose Garden - The President regarding Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Today was a huge day for President Obama. There's a good chance that years from now, the average American and Barack Obama himself will remember this day more than any other of his eight years in the White House. The President's eulogy for Reverend Clementa C. Pickney was very moving. And Mr. Obama began his day giving another speech - in the Rose Garden addressing the World regarding the Supreme Court's 5 to 4 decision in favor of the full recognition of Marriage Equality.

From a nonverbal perspective both of these events could be dissected at great length - and indeed there are some fantastic body language teaching points. However in the first two seconds of the first event we can see a gesture that is rare for the American President - a "shirt cuff adjust". This is also referred to as a "false cuff adjust" - since the sleeve is rarely out of place. This is a common anxiety tell and is seen much more often in males and those of higher socioeconomic status. Yet we can slice this body language even thinner. This nonverbal "illustrator" signals us that the President's psyche is up-regulating his alpha qualities (He's attempting [successfully] to "psyche himself up"). Understanding such a flux in the alpha-beta dynamic is useful not only in "dialing-up" one's own assertiveness - but also in the recognition of a change in emotional tone in others - whether in a sales setting, a negotiation, the court room, the board room or the Roosevelt Room.
























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3227: Bobby Jindal's, "... I am tanned ..." remark - What does his Body Language tell us?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3226: Bobby Jindal Jumps In the 2016 Presidential Race - Puts "Family Meeting" online - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3210: Matteo Renzi, Christine Lagarde, Barack Obama and Up-Regulating Alpha Emotions

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3046: Chris Pine Dials Up His Alpha - "Into the Woods" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2569: Hillary Clinton, Visibility, Trust and a Harbinger of 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2674: Did Chris Christie Orchestrate Bridge Closure or Cover Up His Subordinates Actions? Body Language Tells Us ....

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