Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2773: Chief Justice John Roberts, Election Donations and Suppressed Smiles - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In a 5 to 4 decision, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today to strike down the $123,200 aggregate limit an individual may donate in any two year campaign cycle. While individuals are still limited to a maximum of $5,200 per candidate within an election cycle, they may now donate to as many candidates as they wish.

In the images included here, Chief Justice John Roberts is shown in - what for him is a typical smile. It is his body language "norm". Note that he has a relaxed forehead, partially closed eyelids, dynamic, concave-up furrows in each lower eyelid with upward vectored cheeks.

From a nonverbal perspective, it is important to examine the Chief Justice's mouth - for it shows no teeth at all. Moreover his mouth shows what is a virtually horizontal (straight) thin-lipped configuration.  Justice Roberts virtually always defaults to this expression when trying to smile. Thus although it is indeed partially suppressed - this is a sincere, Duchenne smile of joy-happiness. Depending on the context, this expression can represent a variation of "Duping Delight".

Because of Justice Roberts somewhat atypical mouth configurations, most are inaccurate when assessing his body language.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2772: Mary Barra, General Motors' CEO, Testifies Before Congress - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2546: Miss America Nina Davuluri, A Beautiful Woman - but What of Her Smile?  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2482:  Alex Rodriguez's Sincerity  Body Language of a One-Sided Smile

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1488:  Chief Justice John Roberts'  Bitter-Regret Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2630: Nelson Mandela - Body Language of a Sincere Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2769: Smiling Out of Context in a Mass Shooter - T.J. Lane's Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2474:  Mayor Bob Filner's False Smile -  Insincerity, Body Language and San Diego

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2771: Australian PM Tony Abbott regarding Malaysian Airlines MH370 Search - Body Language Misinterpretations and Regret