Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1879:
Aung San Suu Kyi in Thailand -
Suppressed Smile

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi traveled outside of Myanmar for the first time in 24 years recently to Thailand. Currently she is visiting Europe. Aung San Suu Kyi commonly suppresses the mouth component of her smile (partially doing so in each of these images). Establishing such "baseline behavior" in the evaluation of one's body language is known as "norming". We know she is experiencing true joy-happiness because her eyelids are partially closed in a very specific manner - note the dynamic and deep furrows present in her lower eyelids. "Smiling with the eyes" in this particular way indicates a sincere smile.