Earlier today Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech. Bill Clinton stood behind her as she spoke about calling President-Elect Donald Trump, congratulating him - and offering to work with him.
In addition to his partially suppressed tears, the expression on Bill Clinton's face in the image captured below is a particularly good example of an oft overlooked nonverbal principle - that of the tremendous disparity between an expression one thinks one is making - versus the one actually displayed.
Whenever we're far from our emotional baseline, even the most experience among us, we're extremely inaccurate at both assessment of - as well as projecting the desired (and fully contextualized) body language and facial expressions.
Bill Clinton's expression is that of "Bitter-Regret" (sometimes referred to as a "Bitter Smile"), yet 99.7% of the time, when people are making this facial configuration - although they know they're not displaying a full, sincere smile (Duchenne Smile), they believe they're squeezing out a slight smile. They think the corners of their mouths' are up-turned just a bit.
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