Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2755: Vladimir Putin on Time Magazine, An Iconic Body Language Image (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Vladimir Putin has garnered more attention than any man in the World the last few weeks - and that's the way he likes it. With the Crisis in Ukraine and the Russian orchestrated election in Crimea - a region which it has now annexed, many leaders are focusing on particulars of Putin's personality.

In December 2007 Mr. Putin was chosen as "Man of the Year" by Time Magazine. The photo has become iconic. What follows is a body language analysis.

Note his forehead is relaxed. This helps to convey that Vladimir is not worried and in control.

Putin's mouth is configured in a display of mild contempt with its left corner contracted

Putin's "mustache area" is slightly tightened

His left nostril is slightly flared (dilated).

The partial closing of the Russian President's upper eyelids in this cluster-context act as a "contempt amplifier". And although not present in this image, they can also heighten the emotional projection of disgust and anger.

What other subtle nonverbal is seen here which lets us glimpse inside of Mr. Putin's emotions and thoughts?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2742: Vladimir Putin on the Crisis Ukraine - Thin Slicing Levels of Anger - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2745: Vladimir Putin Deception regarding Crimea - Body Language

Communication Analysis No. 2754: Einstein, Gravity Waves, The Big Bang and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2721: Vladimir Putin at U.S. Hockey Victory over Russia at Sochi Olympics - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2647: Vladimir Putin regarding Edward Snowden, What Does the Russian Leader Think?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2684: Controversial Sex Ed Poster - A Concerned Parent and a Contemptuous School Official - Body Language Tell

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2559: John Boehner's Body Language - Microexpression of Contempt vs. Facial Tic