Today Janet Yellen was confirmed by the United States Senate for the Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank. Yellen is the first woman to hold this position. She will begin her term on 1 February 2014.
You may have noticed that Ms. Yellen speaks with a considerably asymmetric mouth configuration. This is her "norm" - for she does so nearly constantly. What are nonverbal considerations when asymmetrical speaking is observed?
1. Normal for that person: As mentioned above, this is normal for Yellen and although not "rare" it is fairly uncommon. Care must be taken to not mistake this, in a quick observation, for other causes.
2. Contempt: Contempt has a snarl look to it. One side of mouth moves in a primarily upward vector. Also seen is a dilated (or flared) nostril on that same side - along with a tightening of the "mustache area". Contempt tends to occur in bursts or even microexpressions although episodes may certainly last longer.
3. Regret: Often mistaken for contempt, yet this has a more directly lateral configuration/movement to one corner of the mouth.
4. Insincerity: Sometimes insincerity shows itself with (among a great many other body language findings) by a speaking out of one side of the mouth. This is a common phenomenon.
5. Swagger: A nonverbal swagger sometimes will be manifested by an asymmetrical speaking pattern. These events also tend to occur over a relatively short duration - but not usually as brief as a microexpression.
Note these causes are not listed in any particular order.
Knowing how to differentiate these nonverbal facial signals in everyday life - in real time - is a crucial skill for which there is no substitute. Do you know the differences?
Good Luck Janet Yellen.
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