Monday, July 16, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2042:
Syrian Government Defector
Nawaf al-Fares

The former Syrian Ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf al-Fares, and the highest ranking government official to defect thus far to defect, is interviewed in the above video. His nonverbal signals are consistent with high "Sincerity and Honesty Quotients" and much empathy for the Syrian people. Based on his body language in this interview, he is a very credible witness to the events there. His frown-sadness mouth clustered with his constant central forehead contraction (CFC) and medially elevated eyebrows illustrate this well. Whenever the CFC is seen with a smile, even a trace amount, its meaning completely changes.

Note al-Fares hands in the mid-portions of the video. What some may call "Thumb Twiddling" - and mislabel as a signal of boredom - in this context is an example of a MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier). His thumbs touch/massage each other as they move. In this context, this MAP indicates nonverbal indicates anxiety and is highly congruent with his words, tone and the subject matter being discussed.

If you were selecting a jury, you would want to include Nawaf al-Fares.

See also:

Analysis # 1905: Ann Curry's Smile and Sincerity Quotient