Today Hillary Clinton formally introduced Senator Tim Kaine as her pick for VP. Kaine has also held the offices of the Governor of Virginia as well as the Mayor of Richmond.
This was his first speech as a Vice Presidential candidate and although many felt he performed well, he did show several significant nonverbal signals of anxiety - two of which are discussed here.
Tim Kaine displayed a relatively rapid shifting back and forth from foot to foot, swiveling his weight and turning his body as he did so. While this can certainly be associated with an inexperienced speaker, here it is a signal of what many would call "nervous energy" - a byproduct of his temporary hyper-adrenaline state. Most probably in the upcoming weeks, this relatively high frequency shifting and turning will slow down considerably.
Another signal of anxiety is Kaine's frequent placing of his left hand in his front pant pocket. More specifically, this behavior signals a momentary "Beta-flux" (more beta, less alpha) - projecting a temporary lower emotional comfort and a short-lived shift to lower levels of confidence.
While occasionally placing one or both hands in the back pants pockets (overly the buttocks, with the elbows pointed out and vectored slightly backward - see example below) is a good example of an alpha-beta hybrid and should be employed from time to time (as long as it's not practiced too frequently or for relatively longer duration) - placing either or both hands in the front pants pockets should never be practiced. This is particularly true during a speech while seeking (or holding) a position of leadership.
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