Sunday, February 8, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3094: John Kerry at the 51st Munich Security Conference - Mouth of Fear (PHOTO)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is shown here reacting during the "Chairman's Debate" at the 51st Munich Security Conference at the 'Bayerischer Hof' hotel in Munich, Germany on 8 February 2015.

John Kerry's mouth expression is that of fear ("Mouth of Fear"). No video of this moment is currently available - so it's not possible to put this in full context (although there are some hints - see below). This very probably was a very brief expression - possibly a microexpression. Notice how the corners of his mouth are pulled laterally and downwards - more so on his left. Also in this context, the wrinkling of his chin signifies that his neck muscles (his neck is minimally visible) are at least mild-moderately tightened in a concomitant "Neck of Fear". The Secretary's eye lids are also opened slightly wider than baseline along with a contraction of the entire width of his forehead. His hands are held out in front of his body in a protective configuration.

John Kerry's body language at this moment demonstrates a cluster of fear.

What else do you see in this photo that is not described here? You should be able to see a hint of another emotion - thus some emotional dissonance - which would give you a larger context for this moment.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3093: Brian Williams on David Letterman - Discussing Iraq War Incident - A Very Telling Facial Expression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2454:  NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman & a  Subtle "Neck of Fear"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2316:  Jennifer Lawrence's Response to Her Oscar Stumble -  Silver Linings Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2552: Tom Hanks, the Real Captain Phillips and Recalling the Emotion of Fear

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2517:  Bashar al-Assad Fears Over-Throw if U.S. Attacks,  Body Language Tell During Charlie Rose Interview  Part II

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2306:  George W. Bush trapped in Room -  Body Language's Microexpression of Fear

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3061: Jimmy Fallon Blew a Chance to Date Nicole Kidman

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2322:  Jeb Bush & Matt Lauer - Which one is the Narcissist?  Body Language Red Flags