Friday, April 5, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2356:
Michelle Obama's "as a Busy Single Mother" comment -
What her Body Language Tells Us

This morning during an interview in Burlington, Vermont, Michelle Obama said, “Believe me, as a busy single mother – or I shouldn’t say single – as a busy mother, sometimes when you’ve got a husband who is president it can feel a little single. But he’s there.”

At the precise moment she said, "...single...", the first lady's mouth took on significant asymmetry (0:15 mark in the above video, imaged below). There are rare people who speak essentially constantly with their mouths' configured to one side, and this is their "norm" - but Michele Obama is not one of them. Contempt, regret and the facial expression of R2E2 can also have asymmetrical nonverbal mouth components, and while all three of these emotions are also exemplified elsewhere in this video, they have additional facial expression components which are not present in this moment.

When the mouth takes on a momentary asymmetrical shape - one light which should go off in your mind is the emotion of insincerity. Everyone knows that Mrs. Obama is not single. She of course is married to the most powerful man on the planet with a myriad of resources at her disposal which "single mothers" will never know. Thus here we have an indisputable fact illustrating the reliability of this nonverbal sincerity vs. insincerity litmus test.

This is but one of many body language insincerity tells - how many get by you every single day?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2062: Mitt Romney in London - Speaking out the Side of His Mouth - Anxiety-Insincerity or Worse

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1919:  The Asymmetrical Smile - we all use this Body Language ....  but Mitt Romney displays it too often

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2312:  Bruce Willis' Body Language -  Contempt vs. Suppressed Smile vs.  Pseudo Smile vs. Sincere Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2264:  Kate Middleton's First Portrait as Duchess of Cambridge  Captures Body Language of  Contempt, Disapproval and Fatigue

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2058:  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's "False Contempt" The Importance of "Norming"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2243: The NRA, Asa Hutchinson's Body Language,  Speaking out of the “Side of the Mouth”  and the Importance of "Norming"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2167:  Colin Powell Endorses President Obama -  His Body Language Display of Anxiety, Contempt & the  Self-Righteous Head Wiggle

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2341:  Angela Bassett Interview -  Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression  R2E2, Body Language & "Olympus has Fallen"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2193:  Keira Knightley interview re: "Anna Karenina" -  Body Language of "R2E2" Facial Expression