There were several quality body language teaching moments yesterday when Enrique Peña Nieto and Donald Trump shook hands during their press conference.
Although Mr. Trump initiated the handshake, President Peña Nieto (with good form) turned his head, torso and feet fully toward Trump - yet Trump did reciprocate. Not turning the whole body toward the person with whom you're shaking hands projects a lack of respect.
Also of note is Donald Trump offering his hand palm up - indicating the American's acquiescing emotions. Donald's body language is saying he is beta to Peña Nieto's alpha. This is not at all typical for Trump. Perhaps it has something to do with "The Wall".
Intriguingly, President Peña Nieto did not make eye contact with Mr. Trump - which also indicates a lack of respect.
Trump then touches his lower chest in a false tie adjustment. This is a common alpha up-regulatory nonverbal behavior. The psyche is experience anxiety and yet recognizes the need for increased assertiveness.
Immediately thereafter Mr. Trump then performs a similar nonverbal maneuver in a false jacket adjustment - further indicating his subconscious' need to dial-up Trumps alpha emotional tone.
Immediately after a handshake, the hands should NEVER touch a tie, a jacket, adjust a purse or be placed in pockets, etc. For along with telegraphing anxiety, such MAPs (Manipulators, Adaptors, Pacifiers) also send a signals of the need to clean the hands - to wipe from them that which is subjectively judged as dirty - which is of course a profound rapport destroyer.
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