Thursday, February 25, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3479: Vicente Fox regarding Donald Trump's Proposed Wall - ‘I’m not going to pay for that F***ing wall!’ - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Mexico's former President, Vicente Fox (2000 - 2006) was interviewed by Fusion’s Jorge Ramos in a video published earlier today on YouTube.

Beginning at 0:01, Mr. Fox says, "... I'm not going to pay for that f***ing wall! He should pay for it! He's got the money ..."

Many can easily see the anger displayed by Mr. Fox ... but let's slice it thinner. In the first image (below during 0:03), take note of how widely the former President's eye lids are opened. With mild to moderate anger the eyelids are partially closed - however this very widely opened lid configuration is indicative of Severe Anger (Rage).

Note Mr. Fox's mid-face is very tight - particularly beneath his mustache (which makes facial nuance considerably more difficult to visualize) as well as flared nostrils. Vicente's teeth are clenched tightly here (further evidenced by his dimpled chin). His lips are also very tense - displaying the very classic signal of "thin lips of anger".

A tenth of a second later (still during 0:03), Mr. Fox's face takes on the additional component of contempt just before he drops the F-Bomb. Intriguingly, the spoken word, "Fuck" has a very high correlation with the nonverbal signal of contempt. The interrelationships between verbal language and simultaneous nonverbal language (together with the paralanguage) is a profoundly important key in detecting sincerity - or insincerity.

0:05 - Regardless of the country or culture, index finger (forefinger) pointing is also much more prevalent during anger - and it will also insight anger in those at whom the finger is directed.

In the milliseconds after he pointed, former President Fox knows he's made a mistake (for his anger is, of course, for Donald Trump and not Jorge Ramos) - and before his arm is fully retracted, the offending finger curls up in retreat.

Next, in three rapid successions (during 0:07, 0:08 and 0:09), Fox displays a "Loose Tongue Jut". This indicates Mr. Fox's feelings of, "I've been bad" and "I've been caught" (Navarro).

What other key body language signals did Mr. Fox display?

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See also:

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3431: El Chapo, Sean Penn, an Interview and a Handshake

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3419: George Pataki, Asymmetry, Trust and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3075: Franklin Graham (Billy Graham's son) Blasts Duke University for Muslim "Call to Prayer"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1918: Vladimir Putin - Pointing with Pen Surrogates Sharp vs. Blunt

Negotiation Secret No. 339: Don't Point at Me! I am not your child!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2149: Losing Votes with the Double Index Finger Point - A Faux Pas Nearly Every Time