Barbara Bush recently gave an interview (video excerpt above) in which, and among other subjects, she spoke about Bill Clinton.
" .... My husband, Bill Clinton and I have become great friends .... I think that he thinks of George a little bit like the father he didn't have. And he's very loving to him. And I really appreciate that. I love Bill Clinton, maybe not his politics, but I love Bill Clinton."
This is the former first lady's facial expression as she says, "... maybe not his politics ..."
Note how the entire width of her forehead is contracted and elevated - along with her eyebrows and upper eyelids to add emphasis. This expression is a facial form of what in the body language world is known as an "illustrator" - thus acting like a simultaneous underline for emphasis.
Also notice how the central lower forehead just between and above the eye brows - is NOT contracted. This absence is important. What other nonverbal signs are consistent with this clarifying statement nestled between two statements regarding love?
but I love Bill Clinton.", Mrs. Bush's central forehead contracts together as the central (medial) portions of her eyebrows elevate. Her central forehead contraction (CFC) is less defined (as is all muscle contraction) and therefore a bit more difficult to see in most elderly people (Mrs. Bush is 88). It is also very important to make the distinction between wrinkles of age and the furrows associated with facial muscle contraction.
When Barbara's forehead momentarily adopted this configuration, her mouth also formed what in most scenarios is a negative expression - yet the downward turning of the corners of her mouth and the momentary visibility of just her bottom teeth in conjunction with a CFC indicates sincerity. When she says she loves him, this is not just for the camera.
How good are you at detecting sincerity? Are you sure?
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