Saturday, June 7, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2843: Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin in Normandy - Body Language Tells (PHOTOS)

During their recent visit to Normandy to honor the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, much was made about the tension between Vladimir Putin and other heads of State - particularly Barack Obama.

Note in this first image, Mr. Putin displays a "Central Forehead Contraction" (CFC) with what appears to be (low resolution and indirect angle) a very slight right sided, insincere mouth smile - with a degree of contempt.

In this image Vladimir Putin displays a CFC with a slight degree of regret.

In this photo, although the angle is not optimal, the Russian President's mouth appears to be relatively neutral - yet his central forehead contraction is again seen.

When a person feels emotionally uncomfortable but desires to not let it show (e.g. feeling beta but wants to appear alpha) - he or she will very often over-use their central forehead muscles. Putin is doing so in these examples. He very much fees the odd man out.

Although the use of the CFC can indicate a number of completely different emotions depending on the other body language signal which accompanies it (a nonverbal cluster-context) - the over-use of the central forehead contraction can be a reliable indicator for feelings of insincerity, inferiority and seeking validation.

See also:

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2759: Vladimir Putin, Annexation of Crimea and Mouth Asymmetry - Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2310:  Oscar Pistorius' Body Language in Court - Part II  Central Forehead Contraction, Frown & Pupil Dilation ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2512:  Matthew Cordle's YouTube Confession  and the Death of Vincent Canzani  "I Killed a Man" - What His Body Language Tells Us ...  It's NOT what you think!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2842: Barack Obama in Normandy regarding Edward Snowden - Body Language Tells