Thursday, December 17, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3406: Republican Debate, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and a Body Language Tell for Insincerity - (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

It's an understatement to say all politicians are insincere. Of course they are - democrats, republicans, libertarians, socialists, communists, dictators - all of them. Yet some are more insincere than others.

Insincerity casts a wider net than does Lying. Think of it this way - those who are chronically insincere - and yet not lying "now" - will eventually lie (and do so sooner rather than later). Moreover, since they are skilled at gaining peoples' trust - their lies will carry more troublesome ramifications. Therefore the ability to detect insincerity and prevent it from doing damage is of profound value.

One of the best body language signals for an over-all personality trait of insincerity is a Chronically Contracted Forehead (not wrinkling, which comes with age of course, but active muscle contractions with dynamic forehead furrowing).

More than any of the 2016 Major Candidates for the U.S. Presidency - the 14 republicans or 3 democrats - Ted Cruz over-uses his forehead. To slice this even thinner, Senator Cruz contracts and elevates his central forehead (aka a central forehead contraction or CFC or Elevated CFC) extremely often. He has tried to dampen this facial display tendency by moderate Botox treatments - yet (without a heavy Botox treatment) this very telling nonverbal signal persists.

It's no coincidence that the professions where this facial dynamic is seen most frequently are: Politicians, Bad Actors, Sales Professionals and Newscasters (can you name some others?). All of these professions require acting (though not necessary formally defined as such). These individuals don't believe a significant proportion of what they say - and, if a person persistently practices such behavior, it is by definition "Chronic Insincerity".

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See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3405: Republican Debate, Ben Carson and Timidity - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3396: President Obama's Oval Office Address - Dialing up The Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2702: Barack Obama - Anxiety and Non-engagement; Body Language Signals 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3287: Hillary Clinton, Email Servers and Crisis Management 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3283: Trivago Guy - It's Not His Wardrobe or Haircut - It's the Body Language Stupid!  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3277: John Kasich reflecting on Debate 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3375: Donald Trump Questions Ben Carson's Stabbing Story

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3255: Donald Trump and a Body Language Signal of Social Fear and Hesitancy