Sunday, October 11, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3337: Barack Obama regarding Vladimir Putin on 60 Minutes - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Barack Obama appeared on 60 minutes tonight. Among other issues, he discussed Vladimir Putin and the growing regional conflict centered in Syria. The American President is much better than most people when it comes to projecting nuanced body language in context. Yet, of course, he is human. He still leaks his emotions-thoughts more readily than he supposes. What follows are two nonverbal teaching points lifted out of this interview. Use these examples as exercises enabling you will better spot body language tells in your own day-to-day life.


A clear Microexpression of Contempt when the President says the word, " ... of ..."

" ...who was a Stooge of Mr. Putin ..."


"... then we've got a different definition of leadership ....

(Elevated) Central Forehead Contraction plus a (partially suppressed) Mouth Smile

This (prolonged) nonverbal cluster of incredulity is highly consistent with his verbal statement of disbelief. What other emotions should come to mind when you see a partial mouth smile combined with a central forehead contraction?

Do you think this particular facial expression was "chosen" by Mr. Obama in this moment (e.g., acted) - or is it the President's sincere and unfiltered emotions showing through?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3336: Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Deception and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3178: Garland, Texas Gunmen - Elton Simpson, Nadir Soofi, Contempt and Body Language Warning Signal

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3300: Vladimir Putin, Narcissism and Body Language