Monday, November 16, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3375: Donald Trump Questions Ben Carson's Stabbing Story - Body Language Tell (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Last Thursday in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Donald Trump gave a 95 minute speech which some have likened to a reality show monologue (The above video is a small excerpt).

Although the body language teaching points in this appearance are too numerous to count - one in particular stands out.

While refuting Ben Carson's story of how his knife was deflected by an alleged victim's belt/belt buckle, Donald Trump stepped from behind the lectern to his right and began in a dramatically  twisting his belt.

At 0:26 he continues, "Lemmie tell ya', I'm pretty good at this stuff, so. I have a belt. Somebody hits me with a belt, it's going in - because the belt moves this way, it moves this way, it moves that way. He hit the belt buckle. Any body, anybody have a knife? You wanna try it on me? ..."

This overt and melodramatic belt manipulation was a sexual display. In this moment, Donald Trump was trying to project his virility - and the belt twisting-reenactment was a surrogate of sorts (MAP surrogate [Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier]) and thus provided for him this opportunity.

In body language terminology, this maneuver was a form of a partial emblematic slip

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3374: Paris Attack Suspect Named - Salah Abdeslam

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3373: Barack Obama Delivers a Statement on the attacks in Paris - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3293: Why is Donald Trump a Better Liar than Most Politicians? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3352: Donald Trump's Contradictory Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3355: Spin the Microphone on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show - Gwen Stefani is very attracted to Blake Shelton - Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3160: Warren Sapp Recounts Night with Prostitutes - Body Language