Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2835: Jay Carney Resigns - President Obama Shows Us a Body Language Tell (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Yesterday President Obama announced Jay Carney's resignation. Josh Earnest will be the new White House Press Secretary.

In the video above (beginning at 0:06), as he begins this announcement, Barack Obama says, " ... um .... One of Jay's favorite lines is, 'I have no personnel announcements at this time' ..."

Just after the President says "um" and then for the five words he displays an ear screw (a variation of ear scratch or ear rub). When occurring simultaneous or just before (and occasionally after) a declarative statement such as this - an ear screw is highly consistent with deception. Now such a "little white lie" is probably acceptable to most people - after all Barack is trying to open with a mildly comedic line here. And yet POTUS still displays a highly characteristic nonverbal signal consistent with lying.

Conclusion: President Obama is not a good liar. If he (or anyone else) cannot pull off the "little white lies" - then the big ones are practically impossible. The chances of displaying body language tells indicative of deception are proportional to the ramifications of getting caught in the lie.

There's a myriad of nonverbals in this video - which other ones are particularly telling? What characteristics of the President's and Carney's hug are sincere? Insincere?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2834: LeBron James, Lance Stevenson and False Intimacy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2832: Is Edward Snowden Telling the Truth? - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2582: Jay Carney Dismisses (and is Embarrassed by) Low Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2677: Jay Carney's Beard - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2495:  The White House, Josh Earnest, Egypt and a Coup -  Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2807: Barack Obama at 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2511:  Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin  Handshake at 2013 G20 Meeting 




















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Friday, May 30, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2834: LeBron James, Lance Stevenson and False Intimacy (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



The Miami Heat won game 6 yesterday (117 - 92) and has thus made it to their fourth consecutive NBA finals. They will face the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder-San Antonio Spurs series.

Back in game 5 there was a particular nonverbal scenario that most have never seen in the setting of professional sports. Lance Stevenson blew in LeBron's ear. This is distracting to be sure - yet not for the reason many may first think. NBA players are often close enough where they breathe on each other - yet this specific act is considerably different. Blowing in a person's ear is an intimate act (an overt sign of "false intimacy").

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2738: LeBron James - Black Mask vs. Clear Mask, Body Language of Trust

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2284:  LeBron James in The White House -  A Fundamental Body Language Mistake

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1898:  Heat, Hugs & Head Surrogates

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2833: Edward Snowden, Mouth of Fear & Neck of Fear - Body Language Tells



In this image, James' is displaying a moderate level of disgust (0:43)














A moment later LeBron's emotions shift to that of contempt (on James' left side - at 0:46)










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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2833: Edward Snowden & Neck of Fear - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTO)





In Part 4 of the video interview of Edward Snowden's recent interview with Brian Williams (opt ahead to the video clip of 6:42 in duration), the former Booz Allen Hamilton subcontractor to the NSA displays a subtle example of both a "Neck of Fear". This nonverbal is about 0.7 seconds in duration - so although it is very evanescent, according to strict definition this is not a Microexpression. The defined duration of this body language phenomenon is to a degree arbitrary. But for the purpose of this and similar discussions - it will classified as a "Near-Microexpression".

Snowden explains his first encounter with attorney turned journalist Glenn Greenwald as follows (beginning at 3:27):

"It was a, ah ..... a really intimidating moment. You know it was ah ... it was the most real point of no return .... because the minute you start talking to a journalist as an intelligence officer ah - on camera - ah - there's really no going back. That's ah - that's where it all comes together."

Just after Snowden begins, as he says, "...a, ah..." we see the right side of his neck tighten (sternocleidomastoid muscle) very briefly. This is a classic yet very subtle nonverbal signal of fear.

Mr. Snowden's verbal, nonverbal and vocal qualities (paralanguage) are all congruent. This triple-agreement cluster-context is a very strong indicator of sincerity.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2832: Is Edward Snowden Telling the Truth? - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2782: Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe - Body Language ... and Not

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2791: Sofia Vergara, Threesomes and Fear - Body Language & the Fading Gigolo

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2610: Nancy Pelosi Body Language Tells Us She Fears for Obamacare's Demise

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2338:  Why Does Keit Pentus-Rosimannus feel Fear?  Body Language of Estonia's Minister of Environment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2274:  The Eyes & Mouth of Fear -  Body Language of Ahmed Dogan during  Attempted Assassination

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2313: Elisa Lam Video in Elevator at Cecil Hotel - What Her Body Language Tells Us ....





















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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2832: Is Edward Snowden Telling the Truth? - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Note: This blog, its author or the content herein does not have or seek a political agenda. Today's post regarding Edward Snowden in no exception. Whether you think he is a hero or a traitor - or someone in between is irrelevant here. This is a forum to teach and study nonverbal communication.














 





Edward Snowden was telling the truth in this video. His sincerity quotient was high as was his confidence level.

Snowden's anxiety level was very low, his use of illustrators were high, no MAPs (Manipulators, Adaptors, Pacifiers) consistent with deception were present and no partial emblematic slips were displayed. Moreover Snowden's vocal qualities (paralanguage), verbal communication and nonverbals were consistent with sincerity and of a very high congruity.  

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2655: Edward Snowden's Alternative Christmas Message - Body Language Tells

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2831: "Walking Contest", Anxiety, Mirroring and False Intimacy






Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2033:  Lie Detection, Sergey Lavrov and Syria

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


 



Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2807: Barack Obama at 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2704: Barack Obama, John Boehner and the State of the Union Address - Body Language Tells




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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2831: "Walking Contest", Anxiety, Mirroring and False Intimacy (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




In this brilliant video by Vania Heymann, he address the anxiety felt by strangers when walking beside each other - when in synchrony. This is an example of what in body language terminology is known as "mirroring". Whenever people who know each other mirror each other too exactly in time or configuration - it creates anxiety - and destroys rapport. In contrast, somewhat less exact mirroring can build rapport and is also a natural phenomenon and expression of intimacy between people who are in love, good friends, strongly bonded, etc.

Mirroring with strangers immediately creates a false intimacy and, as the narrator in Heymann's piece  points out - a distancing in space (or uncoupling in synchrony) then occurs. A lack of mirroring in effect, insulates us by increasing the psychological distance between us and others - while mirroring closes our interpersonal space and makes us feel vulnerable and metaphorically naked.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2828: Elliot Roger, Isla Vista/U.C. Santa Barbara Mass Shooting & Threat Assessment - Body Language and Threat Assessment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2830: Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Elections and an Hyper-Alpha Body Language Signal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2545: Michelle Rodriguez at Comic-Con 2013, Mirroring and Dialing Up Her Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2196:  Cross Species Body Language  Contagious Yawning of Dogs Mirroring Humans  An Indicator of What Dog Lovers Already Knew -  Canine Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2757: Phillip and Phil Martelli, St. Joseph Hawks, March Madness and Mirroring - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2281:  Inaugural Luncheon Anxiety  Barack Obama's Body Language  Michelle's Mirroring

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2199:  Thailand, Body Language,  Barack Obama and Yingluck Shinawatra -  Mirroring and Foot Point





























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Monday, May 26, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2830: Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Elections and an Hyper-Alpha Body Language Signal (PHOTO)


It appears that billionaire Petro Poroshenko has been elected as Ukraine's next president. And while arm separatists continue to create significant unrest in the eastern portions of the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to respect the Ukrainian people's choice in the election.

Poroshenko, who made his fortune in the candy business, is show in this image with his hands in a configuration in what in body language parlance is known as a "Steeple" - and more specifically a "Mid Conventional Steeple" (This steeple is a mid-level one as opposed to one more highly displayed - at the upper chest or face, or near the waist which is a lower steeple).

When used sparingly and for short duration the conventional steeple is a strong assertive signal. However most people who use the steeple - end up over-using it - rather than displaying it rarely and essentially choreographing its use. In such over-steepling scenarios it backfires and sends signals of arrogance, condescending and patronizing emotional tones. This alpha nonverbal then becomes a hyper-alpha one. Many leaders make this crucial mistake - and thus destroy rapport rather than building it.

What nonverbal signals on the "Chocolate King's" face?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2806: Russian "Separatists" in Ukraine - Body Language of .....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2814: Ukraine, Pro-Russian Separatists, Bilateral Eyelid Closure and Emotional Processing - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2727: "I am a Ukrainian" Video - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2829: Respect, Funerals, Memorials and Alpha vs. Beta - Body Language Tells

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2829: Respect, Funerals, Memorials and Alpha vs. Beta - Body Language Tells (PHOTOS)


















In the context of a funeral, memorial service, wedding or when meeting a high dignitary/senior religious figure - the hand-arm nonverbal configuration known as the "Fig Leaf" (with hands clasped in front of the lower abdomen or genitals aka "Genital Guarding") shows respect or deferential behavior (e.g. "I concede that I am the relative beta"). In these contexts this body language is therefore recommended - yet it usually is subconsciously driven behavior.

Along with the fig leaf hand-arm position - [an example of a MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier)] - when showing respect the body language cluster should also include a feet-together position. It is not possible to tell if all of these first responders in this memorial service (for those who died in the Moore Oklahoma Tornadoes) last year have their fee together - however the man second from the LEFT has his feet far apart.

In this context the fig leaf indicates several possible emotional interpretations. One is that the gentlemen who has his hands clasped behind his back feels a subconscious need to display alpha nonverbal signals because others of who may nearby. It is also possible that he did not have any respect for those who died - and thus has narcissistic personality disorder. Another possibility is that he has autistic tendencies and thus has a relative deficit for the natural use of body language in social context.

Many people look much too beta/demure than they should when outside the social-business scenarios mentioned above. In these other situations it indicates a low emotional comfort/low confidence emotional tone - but not so during a memorial service.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2633: Abigail Hernandez, Missing N.H. 15 year old, Body Language Clues

Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1563:  Geithner and Holder  In Deference to the President -  One Occasion to Use the Fig Leaf

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1770:  White House Correspondents' Dinner  Lindsay Lohan's Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2487:  Chelsea Clinton's Beta Body Language -  The Elevated Fig Leaf 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2313: Elisa Lam Video in Elevator at Cecil Hotel - What Her Body Language Tells Us

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2822: Ludacris, Low Confidence, High Confidence and Contempt - Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2828: Elliot Roger, Isla Vista/U.C. Santa Barbara Mass Shooting & Threat Assessment - Body Language and Threat Assessment

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2828: Elliot Roger, Isla Vista/U.C. Santa Barbara Mass Shooting & Threat Assessment - Body Language and Threat Assessment (VIDEO, PHOTO)




The video above was made by Elliot Roger, the gunman who killed seven people and wounded thirteen more yesterday in Isla Vista, California near U.C. Santa Barbara. Like all mass-shooters and other mass-murderers there are warning patterns of nonverbal behavior seen here.

Mr. Roger displayed multiple examples of "Loose Forward Lip Purse".

This nonverbal is a strong and reliable indicator of clandestine disagreement (which he stated he had harbored for a long time) as well as a clandestine plan - and he believed he has a good chance of pulling off his plan. In addition this lip configuration signifies his belief that he is the alpha and others (his future victims) are the relative betas (clearly stated many times using slang and synonyms).

Many times in this video, Elliot Roger displayed one of the classic displays of contempt. Note the "snarl-like" configuration of his left lip and tightening of his mustache area.



Here we see one of the many displays of disgust.

Both contempt and disgust are amplified by the partial closure of the eyelids. And while Roger's eyelids appear to have a component of congenital droopiness (congenital ptosis), they do also display an additional dynamic partial closure.






Near the end of the video, Roger displays a "tongue in cheek". This nonverbal can have several meanings depending on the other body language with which it is clustered. In this context it is an alpha display signifying the emotion of "I just won".







While all of these nonverbal examples can be seen every day in those with no psychological problems - chronic displays of contempt and disgust are very often seen in those who perpetrate violent acts, terrorism and other mass killings. Knowing how to spot these and other emotions is a valuable tool in threat assessment.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2434:  Brad Pitt's Tongue-in-Cheek regarding  Reasons for Choosing to Work on "World War Z"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2352:  Mila Kunis' Tongue in Cheek  Graham Norton Part II

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2798: Donald Sterling, Prejudice and Body Language of Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2640: Disgust at Denver area School Shooting - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2656: Threat Assessment during Robbery - Body Language of Perpetrator

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2792: The First Woman to Run The Boston Marathon - Katherine Switzer and an Assault Warning Sign - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2805: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher and the Othello Error - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2231:  A Common Facial Expression of Mass Killers - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2827: Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy - She was the Alpha, He was the Beta (PHOTO)

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wosniacki have provided a lot of nonverbal displays in the last several days - and this image is yet another fantastic example.

This photo was taken in London about a week before their break up. Note Wosniacki's feet are planted entirely on the ground. Notice also her knees and feet - and their distance apart. This is consistent with high confidence and an alpha dominance. Both McIlroy's feet and knees are quite close together - and his heels and mid-feet are also off the ground. This is highly indicative of a role-reversing display of low confidence and beta-submissiveness.

A similar configuration can be seen with each of their upper arm's as distanced from their torso's - McIlroy's are much closer while Wozniacki's are considerably further away and forward - again displaying an absolute and relative alpha over her then fiancé's beta emotional tone.

Rory is looking at his phone and probably reading a text; so his relatively beta (almost feminine) body language may have nothing at all to do with the couple's impending break up. However - when viewed in the context of the previous two posts (Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2825: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki break off their Engagement - Body Language Tells and Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2826: Caroline Wozniacki & Rory McIlroy Call Off Their Engagement - Body Language and Dominance) - this nonverbal cluster is highly suggestive of McIlroy's submissiveness and Wosniacki's dominant role in the decision making with regards to the couple's very recent break-up.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2605: President Obama and Health Insurance Cancellation Fix - and an Alpha-Beta Hybrid Body Language Illustrator

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2770: Oscar Pistorius and Contrasting Confidence Levels - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2767: Barack Obama Meets Pope Francis - The Body Language "Being Beta"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2822: Ludacris, Low Confidence, High Confidence and Contempt - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2616: John Kennedy and Richard Nixon Handshake at Kennedy Inaugural Address, One Body Language Maneuver to Counter a Dominance Display

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2826: Caroline Wozniacki & Rory McIlroy Call Off Their Engagement - Body Language and Dominance (PHOTO)


Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy called off their engagement yesterday.

This image was taken one week ago in London. From a body language perspective it is notable because it shows a switch in dominance. Ms. Wozniacki's hand is on top in the dominant position - which of course leaves Mr. McIlroy's on the bottom (submissive and demure).

This hand-holding configuration is the opposite from the vast majority (96%) of male-female relationships - as well as numerous previous examples of Wozniacki and McIlroy. Thus the timing of Caroline's recent and new-found alpha emotional mindset strongly implies that she was the decision-maker in the couples break-up.

Temporary shifts (e.g. female alpha - male beta) in such hand-holding dominance signals who holds the cards regarding the subject of the latest discussion-disagreement.



See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1921:  Who was More Dominant -  Tom Cruise or Katie Holmes?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2520:  Cristiano Ronaldo greets Gareth Bale at  First Training Day at Real Madrid,  Dominance, Team Captain and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2595: Barack Obama's Emotional Dissonance, Low Confidence and the "Turtle Retreat" - He Does Not Want To Be There

Romance, Dating & Marriage - Body Language Secret # 1500:  Six Degrees? Leaning In, Head Touching and the Manubrium - Kyra and Kevin are 10th Cousins, Once Removed

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2825: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki break off their Engagement - Body Language Tell


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2825: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki break off their Engagement - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki broke off their engagement today. In the above video McIlroy says it is mutual. Based on the golfer's body language - what do you think? What follows below is a partial analysis of a video that's loaded with nonverbal signals.




At the 0:23 mark, McIlroy displays a quite significant anger tell with a prominent and very visible jaw jut after he says " ... we both thought it was for the best of us -you know - the best for both of us ..."










This mouth cover & near nose rub is significant for deception at the 0:39 mark as Rory (contrary to his declarative statement) absolutely does NOT think his form has been well.












While to some this nonverbal may resemble the first image above - it is a completely different emotion. This near-microexpression of regret appears at 0:45 just after he says he wants to "... I just want to, you know, dive straight into it ...."






How many displays of contempt did you see in this video?

What other nonverbals are exemplified here?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1863:  Sharapova's Lips of Anger

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2480: Alex Rodriguez's Press Conference - 2 August 2013,  A-Rod's Body Language Part Deux

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2455:  Eliot Spitzer's Running for Office  Asymmetry in the Facial Expression, Sincerity &  Norah O'Donnell's Not Just Another Pretty Face

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1918:  Vladimir Putin - Pointing with Pen Surrogates  Sharp vs. Blunt  

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 199:  When a Lie is Told, Heard or Visualized by ....Vladimir's Eye

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2750: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Lies - Body Language

Sincerity Secret # 20: Fiero Feels Good, Caroline Wozniacki & Our Mirror Neurons

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2663: Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy Engaged - A Body Language Sign of Affection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2824: Michael Jace ("The Shield" Actor) Arrested for Alleged Murder of His Wife - Body Language Tells

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2824: Michael Jace ("The Shield" Actor) Arrested for Alleged Murder of His Wife - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



















Michael Jace, best known for his role as detective Julien Lowe on the television show "The Shield" was arrested today for the alleged murder of his wife, April Jace. According to several news sources, Jace has confessed to shooting her.

In the above image Mr. Jace is handcuffed. His central forehead is contracted and elevated - thus also elevating his inner eyebrows. Whenever significant sincere emotional or physical pain is felt - whether being experienced directly or secondarily for another person(s) or animal via empathy - the central forehead contracts. However - in these scenarios the body language of the mouth should ALWAYS take on a congruent expression - one of sadness, pain, fear, etc. - or combinations thereof. Michael Jace's mouth is configured in an expression of sadness.

The police officer's eyebrows are not elevated - rather they are pulled downward and inwards (towards each other). And although it is difficult to see in this low resolution image, his eyelids are partially closed and tightened. The officer's jaw (mandible) is pushed forward in a "Jaw Jut". The mouth's right corner is pulled up in a very specific expression many confuse with a type of smile - yet it indicates regret. His lips are dramatically thinned. This nonverbal cluster indicates a primary emotion of anger and a secondary one of regret.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2408:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte's Anxiety & Regret via  Senators Graham & McCain -  Republican Body Language in Response to  President Obama's National Defense University Speech

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2586: Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game" - Microexpression and Macroexpression of Regret - Harrison's Brand and the Stanislavski Method

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. 2441:  Paula Deen's Apology - What Does Her Body Language Say?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2371:  Barack Obama & Anger in the Rose Garden -  POTUS's Body Language & the Gun Laws 

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2823: Kendall Jenner, 5 Seconds of Summer & One Direction at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards - Anxiety Tells



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Monday, May 19, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2823: Kendall Jenner, 5 Seconds of Summer & One Direction at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards - Anxiety Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Kendall Jenner pulled a John Travolta last night at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. She confused two boy-bands - the up-and-comers from Australia, "5 Seconds of Summer" (5SOS) with "One Direction". This is somewhat surprising as she used to date Harry Styles.


At 0:26 a subtle yet significant "Tongue Jut" is seen (more clearly visualized in video) - which in this nonverbal cluster-context indicates a self-deprecating "I just messed up" emotional mindset.

Depending on the other body language with which it is clustered the tongue jut can indicate what other thought-emotions?



During the 0:27 - 0:28 segment, Kendall Jenner commits a rapid "False Bow" or "Bow-Retreat" correlative with embarrassment (she also continues to blush) and is a form of one of many "Blocking Behaviors". It is helpful to think of this as a "temporary retreat" - similar to a turtle going in her shell - in order to partially collect one's emotions.

And although of low-resolution due to her rapid movement, a fear mouth can also be seen in this image.




Kendall's first Hair Adjust Behind Ear (HABE) nonverbal is seen at 0:28 as she is exiting from her bow-retreat is a body language MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) indicating Ms. Jenner's psyche is attempting to "Dialing up Her Alpha" - essentially saying, "I need to be more assertive".








A second, cross-body HABE (0:29 - 0:30) indicating a need for further climbing out of her beta abyss.










 



At the 0:32 mark (and again about 0.5 second later), Ms. Jenner displays an "Eyebrow Flash" - and in this nonverbal cluster-context signals, "What the #$%&@?" - which is of course directed at those operating the teleprompter.




 




During 0:32 - 0:34, an essentially one & one-half arm self-hug with continued blushing indicates a significant increase of her beta behavior, a lowered degree of confidence and drop in emotional comfort.











See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2822: Ludacris, Low Confidence, High Confidence and Contempt - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2764: Embarrassment, Affection & Flirtation - Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher - Kiss Cam Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2493:  Jewel in Disguise at Karaoke Bar,  Body Language Cues to Lack of Nervousness

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2702: Barack Obama - Anxiety and Non-engagement; Body Language Signals

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2778: April Fools Prank, Embarrassment and Body Language


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2822: Ludacris, Low Confidence, High Confidence and Contempt - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)


Ludacris hosted the 2014 Billboard Music Awards today in Las Vegas. By most accounts he did a great job. However from a body language perspective in this posed photo we can see several conflicting nonverbal displays.

Ludacris has a mild contempt expression. This is evidenced by a tightening and vertical contraction of his right "mustache area" along with a mild nostril flare. The backward tilt of his head/neck along with a bilateral partial closure of his eyelids up-regulates his degree of arrogance. Many would falsely his face as displaying a mild smile - yet it is most definitely not.

Looking at his feet, we can see that they are planted about a shoulder's width apart and splayed mild-moderately outward. This nonverbal configuration is consistent with high confidence and an alpha emotional tone - however it is not specific to either arrogant confidence or humble confidence.

The position of Ludacris's hands is incongruent with confidence. Known as the fig-leaf or genital guarding - this protective stance indicates a lower level of emotional comfort and projects a Beta persona (A subset of this body language behavior and exception to this tell exists in some law-enforcement organizations as many are taught to assume the "parade rest" or similar pose in some scenarios as it is felt that it allows greater access to one's weapons and diminishes vulnerability in a hand-to-hand attack scenarios).

Thus in this one deliberate and posed image we see arrogance-contempt, low confidence/beta persona as well as high confidence/alpha projection. Whichever of these emotions Ludacris should want to project is an important consideration - however regardless of his intent (can you tell what his primary underlying emotion is?) - deliberate but considerably contradictory body language exists in this moment.

What key nonverbals are seen in the featuring Ludacris below?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2821: Sara Bareilles, A Broken Wing, Emotional Comfort, and High Heels - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2798: Donald Sterling, Prejudice and Body Language of Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2228:  Jay Carney's Body Language -  Contempt disguised as a Sniff ....  for Republicans' Solutions to the Fiscal Cliff

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2442:  Nancy Pelosi's Subtle Contempt Display  Body Language Regarding "Who Cares?" Retort

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2633: Abigail Hernandez, Missing N.H. 15 year old, Body Language Clues

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2487:  Chelsea Clinton's Beta Body Language -  The Elevated Fig Leaf

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 337:  Michele Bachmann - Low Confidence Stance

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2440:  Vladimir Putin Dials Up His Alpha ... Foot Position, Projecting Leadership,  Confidence & Body Language


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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2821: Sara Bareilles, A Broken Wing, Emotional Comfort, and High Heels - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





This interview of the very talented Sara Bareilles just prior to the 2014 Grammy Awards contains a truckload of body language tells - a few of which are described below.



At 0:46 Chris Booker begins, "You don't seem nervous."

Bareilles answers, "I oddly enough don't feel nervous right now ...."

The "Broken Wing" of Bareilles' loose and flexed left wrist (0:49 - 0:50) indicates she is telling the truth about her lack of anxiety. The presence of this body language illustrator only occurs when a significant amount of emotional comfort is present. Although it is occasionally seen displayed by straight men - this nonverbal is much more common in women and gay men.



At 1:27 - 1:28, just after Booker says he has seen Sara perform at least 20 times, we see Ms. Bareilles scratch just to the right of her nose with her left hand. This MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) seen in this nonverbal-verbal cluster context is a clear signal that she does not believe Mr. Booker.

 

At 2:05, just after Sara says, "... Oh, it certainly does not feel like a night off, let me tell ya that - No. Not when anybody is saying that I should wear high heels. That is not a night off for Sara Bareilles [brief chuckle then tongue jut] ..."

The tongue jut can indicate several thought-emotions depending on the other nonverbals with which it is clustered. Here it indicates that Sara REALLY hates wearing high heels. It is identical to what the tongue does when an infant spits out her puréed carrots. In other nonverbal scenarios, what else may the tongue jut signal?




What does Sara's lip pout indicate at the 2:06 mark?









Many other nonverbals are present in this video. How many do you see?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2669: Sara Bareilles and the Body Language of the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2493:  Jewel in Disguise at Karaoke Bar,  Body Language Cues to Lack of Nervousness

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2808: Andrew Garfield, The Spider Man Theme Song and Anxiety - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2665: Nick Saban's "Tongue in Cheek" Body Language - What Does It Mean?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2547: Amanda Knox's ex-Boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Piers Morgan Interview, Body Language Tells and Avoiding the Othello Error

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2690: Peyton Manning Explains the Meaning of "Omaha" Call - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2820: Yusuf Yerkel, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Assault - Body Language

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2820: Yusuf Yerkel, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Assault - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

On 13 May 2014 an explosion and subsequent secondary fire occurred in a coal mine near Soma, Manisa, Turkey. The fire lasted for two days. At the time of this writing at least 298 people have died and at least 80 have been injured. There are as many as 18 people still trapped inside and a rescue effort is ongoing.

Following this deadly disaster protests ensued. In this image, one of the protesters - who lost a relative in the mining accident, is being restrained by the parliamentary police - while being assaulted by Yusuf Yerkel, an aide to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

One of the most valuable and true observations describing human behavioral psychology states, "Rationalization is THE great human sport." (S.King)

It is much easier (and almost necessary) in order to hurt another person (physically or otherwise) once a person has negative emotions directed towards them. And although they are of lower resolution - we can see in these images the primary expression of disgust on Yerkel's face. His secondary (minor) emotion is anger.

Yerkel "needed" to feel disgust in order to kick and assault this protestor

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2640: Disgust at Denver area School Shooting - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2443:  Kristen Wiig's Disgust & Fear Face -  Graham Norton, Chris O'Dowd and Fly Eating

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2786: Jewish Community Center Shooter - Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr - A Very Common Body Language Display of "Hate Crimes", Mass Shootings and Terrorism

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2811: Jason and David Benham are Dropped from HGTV - Body Language of Subtle Contempt, Anger & Disgust 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2274:  The Eyes & Mouth of Fear -  Body Language of Ahmed Dogan during  Attempted Assassination

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2425:  Istanbul, Turkey Protests & Police Crack Down  Reporter Gets Too Close to Tear Gas -  Body Language Signal of Sincere Physical Pain

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2819: Erik Spoelstra, Loose Forward Lip Purse and Clandestine Disagreement 










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Friday, May 16, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2819: Erik Spoelstra, Loose Forward Lip Purse and Clandestine Disagreement (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




In the pregame Q & A session before game 5 between the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra didn't answer any questions - because none were asked.

The above short video is packed with many Nonverbal Signals. How many do you see?

During the 0:10 - 0:15.5 segment (isolated in the image below), Coach Spoelstra displays a "Loose Forward Lip Purse". This is a very reliable body language signal indicating a person perceives him or herself as a relative alpha in the company of relative beta personalities - and in the midst of clandestine disagreement. Often there is a great disparity between what is said and what is being thought and/or felt in that moment. It also indicates a belief that there is a reasonable chance of success of a plan of action/idea, etc.

Most of the time when a loose forward lip purse is displayed - one will rarely have the opportunity to see the person's plan of action played out so rapidly. In the above video however, we see Spoelstra immediately act out his idea. He gets up and walks out without any questioned asked - and thus no need for answering.

Thus in the business, legal, political or sales world - when the loose forward lip purse is seen - know that there is a great disparity between what is said and what is being felt. Take heed.

How many "Loose Forward Lip Purses" did you miss today?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2818: The Caring Hand, Palms Up and Building Rapport

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2817: Rep. Joe Garcia Picks His Ear & Eats it - What his Body Language Really is Saying

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2495:  The White House, Josh Earnest, Egypt and a Coup -  Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2638: North Korean Senior Official Chang Song-taek (aka Jang Sung-thaek) Executed, Body Language Tells

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1151:  Xi Jinping's Subtle Pursed Lips

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2424:  Giada De Laurentiis on Conan O'Brien  Beautiful Teeth but Insincere Smiles and  Some Body Language Signals of Waning Love

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2809: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Kim Myers - Body Language Tells



















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