Lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (the busiest span in the Nation) - and which were initially blamed on a botched traffic study - have been shown to be Deliberate. Members of Governor Chris Christie's administration - or as some have implied the New Jersey Governor himself (though he has denied this) were apparently seeking revenge against Mayor (of Fort Lee, N.J.) Mark Sokolich, a Democratic, for not endorsing Christie in his re-election.
Early within the above video interview by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Mayor Sokolich can be seen exampling a key cluster of nonverbals.
This image was captured at the 0:15 mark as Blitzer mentions Chris Christie being a possible 2016 Presidential Candidate. Mr. Sokolich's jaw is clenched - a clear signal of anger.
The Mayor's lips are also stretched very thin - another highly reliable anger sign. In addition, they are also rolling inward (a partial "Inward Lip Roll aka ILR) - yet due to his clenched jaw they have nowhere to go (The ILR is a manifestation of the psyche attempting emotional suppression - usually negative, but sometimes positive emotions). This dynamic results in a "bunching up" of the tissue just below his lower lip, above his upper lip and to the sides (peri-lip bulges) - all of which are clearly seen in this moment. This action also creates a secondary, evanescent dimpling of the chin. Flaring of Mayor Sokolich's nostrils are also manifested here as his entire lower face is in high tension. There is also a strong component of bitterness in this facial expression.
As is typical, this video has truck-loads of body language only a small fraction discussed here. What other nonverbal tells do you see?
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