Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 871:
Mouth Covering Candidate

Sudden mouth covering accompanied by elevated eyebrows, elevated forehead and increased scleral-show (eyes lids opened in a "White and Wide" appearance) indicate surprise-disbelief and empathy. There often is an element of fear accompanying this facial-appearance-hand-gesture as well, although in this particular example of Presidential Candidate hopeful and current Texas Governor Rick Perry - we would need to see either a brief video of this and adjacent moments, or images immediately before and after to definitively identify the emotion of fear.

See also:  Relationship Secret # 21: Surprise + Fear + Empathy

See also:  Leadership Secret # 221: Hillary's Empathy