Saturday, June 16, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1881:
Interrupting the President & Contempt Display -
Neil Munro shows us his Body Language and
His (Lack of) Etiquette

Question: Who interrupted President Obama yesterday in his Rose Garden speech? 
Answer: Neil Munro a reporter from The Daily Caller

Strong negative emotions are difficult for people to contain. Neil had contempt and anger for Barack - and Barack gave some anger back. Yesterday, the Commander in Chief announced his "stop gap measure" for immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 and are now younger than 30, have lived here for five straight years, never been convicted of a crime, and have graduated from high school or received a GED - to be eligible for renewable two-year work permits after temporary status has been granted. 

Munro displays multiple microexpressions of contempt directed toward the President - at the 0:13, 0:16, 0:53, 1:01 and 1:21 time marks. These are good examples of these contempt displays disguised (subconsciously) and/or blended with a "sniffing" action with the nose. The last of these of these microexpressions is accompanied by an eye-roll - which occurs consciously or sometimes at edge-of-consciousness - and thus a largely deliberate and theatrical contempt display.

The whole event has, naturally, made Munro rather anxious. He can be seen taking at hard swallow - a classic nonverbal of anxiety - at the very end of the video (1:29). No doubt it will be some time before Munro is let back in the Rose Garden.

In the image below, in addition to Munro, there are two other male reporters (both in jackets and ties) displaying interesting body language tells? What are they thinking-feeling?

See also:

Analysis # 1548: Trayvon Martin's Death - George Zimmerman and his 1st Court Appearance