Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3769: Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTO)





















This image of Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev was taken during Castro's visit to The Soviet Union in May of 1963 (about 7 months after the Cuban Missile Crisis).

From a nonverbal perspective, this is a very illustrative moment - for although Castro was significantly taller that Khrushchev (Some sources report Fidel was 6'3" [1.91 m] to Nikita's 5'3" [1.60 m] although in most photos Castro appears to be only 7 or 8 inches taller [17.8 cm - 20.3 cm]), the Soviet leader's hand is positioned on top of the Cuban's - and moreover it was Khrushchev (the Alpha) who lifted Castro's (the Beta) hand - not the other way around.

This Hand-on-Top configuration (as well as the dynamic act of lifting another person's hand) are together very classic body language displays of dominance on the part of the stronger Khrushchev to his subordinate Castro.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3768: Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies - the Double-L and Critical Evaluation

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3765: Conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald - See each other directly for the first time

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3763: Matt Smith, Claire Foy and Where NOT to be stung by a Wasp - Body Language, Emotional Intelligence and Predicting Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3761: Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and the Secretary of State

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3720: The 2nd Presidential Debate - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3694: Donald Trump, Jimmy Fallon and Messing Up Hair

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3659: Ryan Lochte's "Today Show" Interview regarding Alleged Rio Robbery

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1162: Ahmadinejad, Napoleon, al-Assad and Dominance 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3530: Justin Trudeau, Quantum Computing and Body Language


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