Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2234:
Leon Panetta, David Petraeus & Paula Broadwell -
Secretary of Defense's Body Language

Leon Panetta, the U.S. Secretary of Defense is asked in this 18 December 2012 video at the National Press Club, "As former head of the CIA, please explain why General Petraeus was forced to resign instead of a lesser punishment" - alluding to David Petraeus' extra-marital affair with Paula Broadwell. The SecDef then laughs openly and makes lite of the question. Few would spot however, the evanescent anger he displayed at the 0:02 mark. Although it was not as short-lived as a microexpression, it was brief. This moment is captured in the imaged below, and this body language-facial expression was formed just as he heard the initial portion of the question, "As former head of the CIA ...." His lips immediately morphed with a thinning and stretching in a horizontal line (almost disappearing). This nonverbal display is highly indicative of the emotion of anger. Secretary Panetta did not want to be asked about the CIA since he currently holds a different office. Once the question was fully asked however, he thought the question was considerably naive and thus truly funny. His laughter is very sincere.

See also:

Body Language Analysis # 1659: Leon Panetta on the U.S. Military Scandals in Afghanistan

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1859: Prince William is Angry at the Queen's Jubilee

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1060: Belichick's Body Language of Anger

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 273: Anger and Disgust in Azerbaijan

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 817: Anger and Steroids in Milwaukee

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1863: Maria Sharapova's Body Language Lips of Anger

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2138: President Obama's Anger During Debate - An Under-Appreciated Body Language Signal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2189:  Jill Kelley's Body Language - Dialing Up Her Alpha ... 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2186: Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus, Body Language and the man who would be President ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2185: Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus, an Alpha Personality and a Telling Body Language Signal ....
Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2188: Paula Broadwell on Petraeus Relationship - Body Language of Prolonged Blink,  Hard Swallow and More Duping Delight

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2187: Paula Broadwell with Hearsay on Benghazi Attack -  Excerpt from University of Denver Speech and a Body Language form of "Duping Delight" ...