Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2228:
Jay Carney's Body Language -
Contempt disguised as a Sniff ....
for Republicans' Solutions to the Fiscal Cliff

Jay Carney spoke once again today regarding the fiscal cliff and the President Obama's view on how to avert. The White House Press Secretary gives multiple nonverbal displays in this video segment. However one nonverbal in particular bears mentioning. At the 2:29 mark, Carney sniffs with the right side of his nose/nostril/face. As usual, there is a quick inhalation of air - however there was also a mid and upper face contraction and a same-sided "snarl". Although this body language-facial expression is very quick, it lasts slightly longer than a classic microexpression. The meaning is just as significant though - one of contempt.

Depending on the other nonverbals clustered with it, the "Unilateral Sniff" can occasionally indicate deception (not applicable in this example).

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2128: Mitt Romney's & Bill Clinton's Body Language during Mitt's Joke at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1890: Eric Holder has (Emotional) Contempt toward Darrell Issa - while Rep. Issa is Very Excited to be Seeking "Contempt of Congress" against Holde

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 457: Salman Rushdie's Contempt Amplifier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2172: Governor Chris Christie's Body Language of Contempt - Microexpressions and Subtle Displays 

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