Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2499:
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, "Stop and Frisk" and a
Body Language Display of Dominance (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Last Sunday on "Face the Nation", New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly made an appearance. He spoke about the controversial "Stop and Frisk" practice and the recent ruling by a Federal Judge. In the above video, NYC's top cop and rumored to become the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, displays many a great example of nonverbal signals. Below is one rarely appreciated example.

Note: The original video has, since the original post, been removed from its online source. The images below however, were captured from this video.

This palm-forward hand gesture is known as "The Claw". It is one of many body language configurations which signify an alpha emotional mindset. It's also a variety of nonverbal "Illustrator" which emphasize or underlines the verbal component of the message. For those who know what to look for, it also lets them "read between the lines".

Individuals who use this palm-forward signal believe they are the relative alpha in the room while the others present are beta personalities. It is a sign of high self-confidence. As with all alpha signals, if over-used (a mistake which Commissioner Kelly does NOT commit here) it becomes hyper-alpha and backfires by transmit feelings of condescension and arrogance. Consequently it must be used sparingly and essentially choreographed into particularly important moments of a lecture, speech or interview. 

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2245:  The Fiscal Cliff Grows Closer & Tempers Fray -  Barack Obama's Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2132:  Variations on a Theme - The Palm-Forward Dominant Spider (The Claw) vs. The Split-Finger Fastball

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2152:  Second Presidential Debate - 16 October 2012 -  Barack Obama's Duping Delight -  Benghazi, Libya Attack was an "Act of Terror" -  Alpha, Beta, Confidence & Acquiescence ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2337:  Rick Santorum at 2013 CPAC  Body Language,Facial Tension & Hand Tension

Nonverbal Communication Analysis #2291:  A Tight Fist and Tension in The Face -  Jay Carney's Body Language as he defends - Chuck Hagel's performance during  Senate Confirmation Hearings

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2392:  Zoë Saldaña on Jimmy Kimmel - Rapport Builders, Alpha Behavior & Dominance Displays

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2411:  Zimmerman's Attorney, Mark O'Mara's - Body Language Faux Pas in Court