Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3374: Paris Attack Suspect Named - Salah Abdeslam - Body Language (PHOTOS)

Earlier today French authorities named Salah Abdeslam (pictured here) as one of the suspects for the 13 November Paris Attacks. Unlike seven of his alleged accomplices, Abdeslam is alive and was last seen at the French-Belgian border Saturday morning. 

In this image, Abdeslam has nonverbal signals which are quite atypical for a photo taken in conjunction with public identification.

First he has a mild-moderate (3.0-3.5 out of 10.0) forward lip purse. The forward lip purse is indicative of clandestine disagreement and/or a clandestine plan. It also demonstrates a marked disparity between what is said (typically little or no disagreement) and what is felt-thought (dramatic disagreement). A person who makes a forward lip purse believes they are the relative alpha when compared with whom they're interacting. Moreover the forward lip purse also projects the belief that they believe they have a high chance of achieving their desired results.

There is also significant anger present in the moment this photo was captured - again an unusual emotion to be captured as part of an ID photograph. Take note of Abdeslam's eyelids. They are opened very slightly wider than baseline - however what is more prominent is the tension of his lower eyelids and mildly downward vectored eyebrows (more so on his inner, or medial eyebrows). Both of his nostrils are significantly flared and there is also a moderate amount of tension in the "mustache area".

When a forward lip purse and anger are seen simultaneously - there is a considerably increased likelihood for loss of temper. When this expression is seen chronically - impulse control disorder and antisocial personality disorder (sociopath personality) are virtually always present.

See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3354: Rape Victim (13 year old girl) Demands to Make a Statement at the Sentencing of Perpetrator - Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2231:  A Common Facial Expression of Mass Killers - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3304: Jeb Bush on Stephen Colbert's Late Show Premier  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3224: Jordan Spieth, the U.S. Open, and a Classic Fear Expression 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3298: Aylan Kurdi, a three year-old Syrian refugee drowns and the image of his body moves the World - a Body Language Empathy Self-Assessment