It turns out Donald Trump and Salma Hayek know each other. Ms. Hayek was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this year and the exchange in the video above provides some excellent body language teaching examples. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.
Kimmel (beginning at 0:12): "Have you sp- (stutter) have you ever spoken to him?"
Hayek: "Yes, yes, I've known him for a long time."
This body language display is known as a "Hair Adjustment Behind the Ear" (HABE). It's seen more commonly manifested with women and gay men - and even though it's seen a bit more commonly in those with longer hair, it's also a frequent nonverbal in those with short hair. This is a signal of the psyche actively up-regulating its alpha status - as if to say, "I am going to need to be more assertive now."
Kimmel (beginning at 0:16): "Oh you have!"
Hayek: "Yeah, yeah."
As she says, "Yeah, yeah" - Salma has a classic Disgust expression on her face (above).
Hayek (beginning at 0:44): "I, You know, I don't think - he listens to - to me. No."
Kimmel: "You don't think he would listen to you, yeah."
Hayek: "No. It's - you don't need to talk sense into him. Everyone's entitled to their own madness - You need to talk sense into the people who are not seeing the madness."
[Audience: laughter, clapping, whooping]
Kimmel: "He can use a little of it too while we're at it."
Hayek: "It won't make any difference that way."
During the end of this exchange, as Salma says, "any difference that way" - note that her central forehead is contracted and elevated (Elevated CFC). When this forehead configuration is seen in conjunction with any semblance of a "Mouth Smile" - this combination dictates one of three thought-emotions (depending on the other nonverbals with which it's clustered). It's important to point out that such a smile is NEVER a sincere one of Joy-Happiness (Duchenne Smile). In this context, this mouth smile + CFC is indicative of incredulity. Ms. Hayek is transmitting a strong disbelief that talking sense into Donald Trump would be possible.
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