Most experienced politicians rarely touch their face or any place else on their head (or neck). Last night at the Democratic National Convention however, in the midst of his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama committed one of these fundamental body language mistakes.
Continuing at 12:54 in the above video, President Obama says, " ... Now, eight years ago ... [laughs] ... that's right .... Let me tell ya'. Eight years ago, you may remember, Hillary and I were rivals for the democratic nomination...".
During 12:55 - 12:57, as he says, "... eight years ago ...", Barack scratches in back of and below his right ear. The point of contact is very often the Mastoid Process (protuberance or "bump" behind the ear) or just in front of or below it. In nonverbal parlance, scratching or rubbing another part of the body is termed a MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor or Pacifier) and, the vast majority of the time, it's at least in some measure, indicative of anxiety. This example is no exception. Yet to further nuance the meaning behind this nonverbal signal here - it indicates an "Honest Anxiety" - or said another way, anxiety which is NOT associated with deception.
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