The latest Donald Trump video is obviously not to his liking - and understandably so. Although far from Daniel Day-Lewis, the businessman-turned-politician normally has better control of his facial expressions compared with most candidates. This video however shows us a very candid exception.
In August, when the republican was posing with a bald eagle (named "Uncle Sam") for a Time magazine cover, Trump demonstrated several key, but non-flattering nonverbal faux pas.
In this split second we can see Trump invading the personal (intimate) space of Uncle Sam. Yet the raptor, it seems, is much quicker than the republican.
Animals, of course, are no different that people when it comes to proxemic principles - if they don't know you well AND if you don't share a good rapport - they will NOT welcome you into their intimate space.
Note the expression on Mr. Trump - particularly his mouth. His sudden, tightening and lateral vectoring (with down-turned corners) of his mouth is a classic "mouth of fear".
A split second later we see Trump's "fear mouth" become even more extreme.
Body Language take-home points:
1. Only enter the personal/intimate space of another if:
A. They know you, AND
B. You have good mutual-rapport
2. Although there are certainly human, cultural variations with regards to personal space (proxemics)
tolerances, it is a deeply ingrained and highly physiologic phenomena which is exhibited
3. Donald Trump Lied. He was indeed quite frightened by Uncle Same the Bald Eagle.
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