Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2293:
Eric Cantor, the New House GOP Agenda and
One Body Language Signal that
A Leader should NEVER display

At multiple times during this interview, Eric Cantor (R-VA) displayed a nonverbal that a leader should never display unless he or she is speaking to young children - the "Pseudo-Prayer". This body language is one type of self-touching that does not fit within the category of a MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) - although to those new to nonverbal discipline, it is often categorized as such. It's also not consistently visible in this example because The House Majority Leader's hands partially drop below the bottom of the camera view - but its effect can be felt with even this partial view.

MAPs are types of self-touching which indicate anxiety. The pseudo-prayer (which is of course not limited to any political party) - where the fingers and palms of each hand are pressed together in what looks like a prayer configuration and is nearly always performed with at least a small amount of an up-and-down chopping motion component - is one of many hyper-alpha nonverbal communication signals. In distinction to MAPs, those who display this nonverbal are not feeling anxiety (during the moments of its display), but rather a patronizing and arrogant emotional tone. His extended blinking amplifies these condescending signals (What other nonverbal warning signal is present here?). Those with no body language training at all, will, to varying degrees, sense the strong disparity between what the speaker says and their true feelings - and thus it will destroy rapport. If someone does this to you, at the very best they are being insincere and duplicitous - and they may be preparing to skin you

Unless you are speaking to young children, do not use the pseudo-prayer and, if you are able, avoid those who use it towards you.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1083:  Brewer's MAPs Flag Foreboding

Nonverbal Communication Anlaysis # 1181:  Helle Thorning-Schmidt & her False Praying Gesture

Nonverbal Communication Analysis #2223:  Dick Armey's Body Language and the Fiscal Cliff

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1896:  IMF Managing Director - Christine Lagarde Pseudo-Prayer & Pursed Lips

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1698:  Susan Rice, Bashar Ja'afari &  Kofi Annan's Six Point Peace Plan for Syria

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1555:  Ann Romney Hits it Back Over the Net to Hilary Rosen

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1093:  Michelle Obama & When NOT to be Alpha