Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3319: Donald Trump Feels He Has Nothing to Apologize For - Body Language on Stephen Colbert's Late Show (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Last night Donald Trump was a guest on the Late Show. Stephen Colbert apologized to Mr. Trump for things he's said regarding the businessman over the years. Colbert then asks, "... I just want to give you the opportunity - it there anybody you would like to apologize to right now yourself?"

"Ahhhh, no. Maybe the audience, how 'bout the audience? Naw, no apologies."

Just after he says, "Ahhhh" and as continuing during his following "no", Trump displays the expression seen below (captured during 0:29). Note his facial expression at this moment: his central forehead is contracted (CFC) and coupled with a unilateral and false mouth smile.

While we all make this expression (a nonverbal "cluster") from time-to-time, it always indicates one (or more) of the following emotions:
  • Incredulity
  • Arrogance
  • Contempt
It's also important to stress that each of these emotions may be nonverbally expressed in other ways.

Most people would say of course say, given the verbal context here, that Trump's emotion is disbelief. Yet, how would you differentiate it from either contempt or arrogance?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3318: Barack Obama and Pope Francis - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2312:  Bruce Willis' Body Language -  Contempt vs. Suppressed Smile vs.  Pseudo Smile vs. Sincere Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3299: Kim Davis, Contempt-of-Court, Same-Sex Marriages and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3116: Leonard Nimoy and Disbelief - Body Language of Spock 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3227: Bobby Jindal's, "... I am tanned ..." remark - What does his Body Language tell us?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3239: Gaston Meet and Greet Near Gaston's Tavern, New Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom - and a Characteristic Facial Expression indicating ... 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2279:  Hillary's Tears and Senator Barrassso's Contempt & Disbelief- Body Language at Benghazi Hearings