For ten months I've been looking for an example of a facial expression of empathy on Donald Trump. There are none. No expressions, no clusters, no body language at all of empathy. On the contrary - the image above is one of Trump's common default expressions. In many ways it's the antithesis of empathy. It screams ego, dismissiveness and judgement.
Specifically, the cluster of a backward tilting of tilted head/neck - characterizes the classic idiom of "looking down his nose". Moreover the further jutting of his jaw/chin with the pout of his lips - particularly his lower lip combined with the partial closure of his eyelids, the indirect gaze (torso turned away with a partial rotation of the head/neck and eyes) further project his dismissiveness, distancing and passing of judgement.
One of the most valuable benefits of being skilled in nonverbal communication is that you can discern those people who have low empathy vs. high empathy - and low sincerity vs. high sincerity. This is a profound life skill - whether it's in choosing a presidential candidate, a date, a business partner, a potential juror, a new hire, etc. - there is no substitute for being able to qualify and quantify these two emotions. How skilled are you in determining the empathy or sincerity levels of others?
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