Sunday, October 22, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4099: Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, and Jim Leavelle - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





















On 22 November 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated US President John F. Kennedy. President Trump announced via Twitter on Saturday that he will allow the release of thousands of classified documents regarding the assassination. These files are scheduled to be released by the National Archives on 26 October 2017.

Two days after assassinating Kennedy, Oswald was himself shot by Jack Ruby. He died less than two hours later, at Parkland Memorial Hospital - where Kennedy had also died. The image above, taken by Robert H. Jackson, captures the moment Ruby shot Oswald. The following year this photo won a Pulitzer Prize.





This event was also broadcasted on live TV.



























In this close-up crop of the photo, we see Jim Leavelle, a Dallas homicide detective, standing to Oswald's right.

From a nonverbal perspective, this moment is fascinating because it captures two simultaneous emotions.

The corners of Leavelle's mouth are vectored strongly laterally and downward. This is a classic "Mouth of Fear".

Now, look at Detective Leavelle's eyes. His eyebrows are pulled together and down. His upper eyelids are opened significantly wider than baseline while his lower eyelids are tensed. Leavelle's nostrils are also flared. This nonverbal cluster is indicative of anger.

Summary: Emotions are often amalgamated with two or more occurring simultaneously. Detective Jim Leavelle was experiencing both fear and anger at the instant Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald.


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Body Language Analysis No. 4098: President Trump and Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló - A Candid Moment in the Oval Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4096: President Trump Refutes Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson's Account Of Call To Soldier’s Widow

Body Language Analysis No. 4094: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Calling the Families of Fallen Soldiers

Body Language Analysis No. 4092: Rex Tillerson responds to Bob Corker's "Castration" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4072: "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!"

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4008: Veteran Who Survived Dunkirk Reacts to Film

Body Language Analysis No. 3939: The Russians are Confident - Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson, and Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3843: 84 Lumber Super Bowl Ad - "The Entire Journey"

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4098: President Trump and Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló - A Candid Moment in the Oval Office - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




On Thursday President Trump met with Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico in the Oval Office. From a body language perspective, two of their handshakes were particularly noteworthy.
























During 1:32 in the above video, President Trump initiates a handshake. He does so with a palm-up configuration (as is typical for the President) - and in so doing, subordinates himself























Moreover, Trump's position on the right hand side of the "stage" (Oval Office) allows Governor Rossello to then have the more alpha position. Rossello's hand, from our view, covers Trump's hand. The Governor amplifies his alpha status further by grabbing the President's elbow with his left hand.






















Very few people try this "elbow grab" with Donald Trump. This evokes anger in the President and he pulls his hand away after, what for him, was an abnormally brief handshake. Note the evanescent features of anger on President Trump - especially his clenched jaw and his mid facial tension.

Watch this portion of the video at regular speed and again at 1/2 and 1/4 speed as the still image does not capture its dynamic nature.







 













The President then displays Disgust as well as a Forward Lip Purse. A forward lip purse indicates feelings of secret disagreement and/or clandestine plan(s).

























Later in the same meeting, at 6:17, President Trump initiates another handshake and this time Governor Rossello clasps the underside/backside of Trump's hand in a classic "Double-Hander".




























The Governor then further up-regulates his alpha tone of this handshake by moving is left hand on top of the President's - while both men then transition to a "Bitter Smile" facial expression. Each leader also has a component of frustration (although President Trump's frustration is greater in this moment).

Summary: Although Ricardo Rossello is subordinate to Donald Trump, the Governor's body language during these moments were significantly more alpha than the President's. While both men are partially suppressing their frustration, President Trump is also trying to conceal his anger.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4097: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, and a Tennis Tongue Tell

Body Language Analysis No. 4095: Celtics' Gordon Hayward Breaks His Leg in Dramatic Fashion During Game with Cavaliers

Body Language Analysis No. 4093: Fear and Harvey Weinstein - Emma Watson's Reaction

Body Language Analysis No. 4091: John Kelly's Press Briefing, "I'm not quitting"/"I'm not getting fired"

Body Language Analysis No. 4073: Prince Harry and Melania Trump Meet in Canada for Invictus Games - Harry's Hand Signal

Body Language Analysis No. 4056: Ed Sheeran and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Body Language Analysis No. 4033: Prime Minister Theresa May Regarding Charlottesville Violence, "I see no equivalence"

Body Language Analysis No. 3975: Travis Kalanick and Sheryl Sandberg - and Uber's Need for Empathy, Sincerity, and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3809: Horse Lays His Head On Coffin As He Mourns The Loss Of His Human Best Friend - Cross-Species Body Language & Emotional Intelligence


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4097: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, and a Tennis Tongue Tell - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTO)






















Andre Agassi and Boris Becker are two of history's greatest tennis players. After losing their first three matches, Andre Agassi noticed a detail in Becker's body language which thereafter gave him a profound advantage.

The astute Agassi observed that, as Becker began his rocking motion - his tongue betrayed the direction in which he intended to serve. This gave Andre such an advantage, that he beat Boris nine of their next eleven professional matches.




 

The video above gives a short account of Andre Agassi's incredible nonverbal coup. 


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4096: President Trump Refutes Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson's Account Of Call To Soldier’s Widow

Body Language Analysis No. 4094: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Calling the Families of Fallen Soldiers

Body Language Analysis No. 4092: Rex Tillerson responds to Bob Corker's "Castration" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4090: Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, and Impulse Control Disorder

Body Language Analysis No. 4078: Toddler Steals Prince Harry's Popcorn

Body Language Analysis No. 4029: Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, and Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 4035: Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and Phone Tells 

Body Language Analysis No. 3978: Keanu Reeves, Chuck Spadina, Sincerity, and Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3873: Brie Larson's Eyes, The Bachelor, and the Edge of Consciousness


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Body Language Analysis No. 4096: President Trump Refutes Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson's Account Of Call To Soldier’s Widow - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





On 4 October 2017, in Niger - near the border of Mali, four American and five Nigerian soldiers were killed by approximately 50 militant extremists with possible links to ISIS. Several soldiers were also injured.

Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson was one of the American soldiers who was killed along with Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright.

On Tuesday, President Trump called Sgt. Johnson's widow, Myeshia. She was in a car with Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D - FL) and another family member who raised Sgt. Johnson - Ms. Cowanda Jones-Johnson. The call was taken on speaker-phone. According to Representative Wilson, the President said, "Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt." Ms. Jones-Johnson agreed with Rep. Wilson's recounting, saying "President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband."

This morning in the White House, President Trump was asked about the phone call (see the video above). What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of the President's reaction.

JOURNALIST: Mr. President, what did you say to Sargent Johnson's widow on the phone yesterday?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Didn't say what that congresswoman said - didn't say it at all. She knows it, and sh- now -- is not saying it. I did not say what she said - and - ah, I'd like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said. I had a very nice conversation, with thee [sic] - woman, with the wife - who is - sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said, and - most people aren't too surprised to hear that. 

JOURNALIST: What is the Proof Mr. President?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Ah, let, let her make her statement again and then you'll find out.

JOURNALIST: She is saying that she - that you said this 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay, let her make her statement again, and then you'll find out.


























This image was captured during 0:00 and is a variation of a Tight Tongue Jut - indicating Disdain, Disgust, and Repulsive feelings.


























A second later, during 0:01, President Trump displays Disgust.


























This "Tongue in Cheek" display during 0:03 indicates the thought-emotions of "I Just Won". It's helpful to think of this as a nonverbal form of Smugness.




























Most notably, President Trump kept his arms folded during this entire portion of the meeting. It's very rare for any head of state to fold their arms during an official appearance - perhaps in their office, in private, etc., - but not during a speech, press conference, TV, etc. The only other US President who has done so was Richard Nixon - during his infamous "I am not a crook" press conference - on 17 November 1973, about 9 months prior to his resignation.

While not common for him, the President has been adopting this nonverbal configuration with increasing frequency in the last several months.

It's important to make another distinction - for not all crossed-arms are the same. Notice how tightly-held Donald Trump's upper arms are - positioned close to his torso. Also, crucially, his hands are hidden. This is significant for emotions of Low Confidence, Low Emotional Comfort, and Defensiveness - indicating a classic Beta mindset.

Summary: While President Trump's body language during this exchange does not indicate outright deception - his emotions of defensiveness, low emotional comfort, and low confidence are highly suggestive of it. These emotions have been expressed by the President with increasing frequency - particularly within the last 90 days.

Moreover - Disdain, Disgust, feelings of Repulsion, and Smugness are non-contextual when discussing soldiers lost in combat. In contrast, an emotion we would expect to see here is Empathy - and yet there is none.


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See also:
 
Body Language Analysis No. 4095: Celtics' Gordon Hayward Breaks His Leg in Dramatic Fashion During Game with Cavaliers

Body Language Analysis No. 4093: Fear and Harvey Weinstein - Emma Watson's Reaction

Body Language Analysis No. 4091: John Kelly's Press Briefing, "I'm not quitting"/"I'm not getting fired"

Body Language Analysis No. 4089: Donald Trump's Reaction to Bob Corker's World War III Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4082: Brother of Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas Shooter)

Body Language Analysis No. 4075: Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith Steps Down After Massive Hack/Data Breach

Body Language Analysis No. 4026: Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4006: Vladimir Putin and Melania Trump at the G20

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3871: Emma Watson's Old Habit, Harry Potter Outtake and Anxiety


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4095: Celtics' Gordon Hayward Breaks His Leg in Dramatic Fashion During Game with Cavaliers - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Gordon Hayward fractured his tibia and dislocated his ankle in dramatic fashion Tuesday night as the Boston Celtics lost their first game of the season in a 102-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

























This image was taken seven seconds after the fracture. Notice the position of Hayward's hands. His palms are centered on his temples.























Multiple players and audience members also are touching/grabbing parts of their heads' and faces'.























Jaylen Brown puts his hands on back/sides of his head. In addition, his mouth is open in a classic surprise configuration. Note how there are no teeth visible (indicating sincere surprise).


























Dwayne Wade kneels as he touches his eyebrows/lower central forehead. In this context, his closed eyelids are empathy amplifiers.





















Here, fans for both teams can be seen covering the tops of their heads. Their elbows are directed laterally with their armpits exposed. This configuration of Head Touching after a dramatic event is more common with the event is negative (note how similar this is to a surrender pose during an arrest or in war) - and it's also more common in men than women.






















LeBron James adopts a similar posture as Dwayne Wade.






















In this photo we see onlookers adopt three variations of this same phenomenon.


























Multiple fans and players even use clothing or towels as surrogates to aid in covering their faces'/mouths'.

A rapid covering of the head and/or face is a commonly seen body language reaction immediately after witnessing, hearing of, or even reading about an extreme and unexpected event. This is true whether it's very good or bad news - although this nonverbal behavior is certainly not exhibited by everyone.

Rapid covering of the head and/or face is a manifestation of "Emotional Processing" - when the intellect knows what has happened, but the emotional brain is still grappling with what's occurred. The emotional brain has disbelief for what the logical brain knows to be real.

Fascinatingly, those individuals who cover their faces'/heads' after such events have higher over-all empathy levels - as well as higher sincerity quotients. Those who don't display this behavior have lower empathy and low sincerity quotients. Such observations allow a careful observer to predict how a person will behave to later and completely unrelated events/scenarios.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4094: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Calling the Families of Fallen Soldiers

Body Language Analysis No. 4092: Rex Tillerson responds to Bob Corker's "Castration" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4090: Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, and Impulse Control Disorder

Body Language Analysis No. 4083: President Trump, Puerto Rico, and Meeting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

Body Language Analysis No. 4077: A Facial Expression Common to Both Bad Actors and Sociopaths

Body Language Analysis No. 4052: Hitler's Cryptorchidism and Emotional Dissonance

Body Language Analysis No. 4047: Joel Osteen, Houston, and Hurricane Harvey 

Body Language Analysis No. 4012: Anthony Scaramucci's and Reince Priebus' First (and Last) Photo in the Oval Office 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3911: Simone Biles gets Pranked on "Ellen"


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4094: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Calling the Families of Fallen Soldiers - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Earlier today, President Trump held a press conference in the Rose Garden. Along with Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell he took questions on a wide range of topics.

From a body language perspective, it's noteworthy that Donald Trump touched his face several times during this event. One of these moments is highlighted here. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

JOURNALIST (beginning at 19:48): Why haven't we heard anything from you so far about the soldiers that were killed in Niger? What do you have to say about (OFF-MIKE)? 

PRESIDENT TRUMP (beginning at 19:52): Ah, I've written them personal letters. Ah, they've been sent, or they're going out tonight, but they were - nt [stutter] written during the weekend. Ah, I will, at some point during the - the period of time, call the parents and ah, the families, because I have done that traditionally. Ah, I felt very, very badly about that. I always feel badly. It's m-, it's the toughest - the toughest calls I have to make - [deep inhalation] are the calls where, ah - this happens. Soldiers are killed. Ah, it's a very difficult thing. Now, it gets to a point - wherrrre, you know, you make four or five of them in one day - it's a very, very tough day. For me, that's - by far the toughest. So the traditional way - if you look at ah, President Obama and other presidents, ah, most of 'em - ah, didn't make calls. A lot of them didn't make calls. I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it. Ah, they have made the ultimate sacrifice. So generally I would - say that I like to call. I'm going to be calling them. I want a little time to pass. I'm going to be calling them. I have - as you know, since I've been president, I have. Ah, but in addition, ah, I actually wrote letters individually to the, ah, soldiers we're talking about, and they're going to be going out - either today or tomorrow. Yes.

Several other questions were then asked and answered. A few minutes later, a follow-up question regarding calls to families of fallen soldiers was then asked.

PETER ALEXANDER (beginning at 29:13):  “Mr. President, earlier you said that President Obama Never called the families of fallen soldiers. How can you make that claim?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I don’t know if he did. No no no. Ah, I, I was, I was told that he didn’t often. And a lot of presidents don’t - they write letters. I do, excuse me - Peter. I do a combination of both. Ah, sometimes it's, it’s a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both. Ah [stutter], President Obama, ah - I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do, all I can do is ask my generals. Ah, other, other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like, I like the combination of – I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter.

























At 29:18, President Trump began reaching - and then (during 29:19 - 29:20) he rubbed/scratched just in front of his right ear with his right index finger as he said, "I don’t know if he did. No no no. Ah, I, I was, I was told that he didn’t often ..." (Image above).

It's a Nonverbal Axiom that in the context of a voicing a denial or affirmation, an ear scratch/rub or scratching/rubbing in front of the ear (but not behind) has a very high correlation with deception. This correlation is particularly strong when this nonverbal signal is displayed during a direct response to a question.

Summary: President Trump's nonverbal behavior in the above-mentioned segment indicates, with very high probability, that he was lying when he said, "I don’t know if he did. No no no. Ah, I, I was, I was told that he didn’t often. And a lot of presidents don’t - they write letters" and thus also when he said, "The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls..."


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4093: Fear and Harvey Weinstein - Emma Watson's Reaction

Body Language Analysis No. 4091: John Kelly's Press Briefing, "I'm not quitting"/"I'm not getting fired"

Body Language Analysis No. 4089: Donald Trump's Reaction to Bob Corker's World War III Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049

Body Language Analysis No. 4079: Tom Price, Private Jets, and Nonverbal Disparity

Body Language Analysis No. 4056: Ed Sheeran and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Body Language Analysis No. 4035: Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and Phone Tells

Body Language Analysis No. 4017: Elisabeth Moss, Anthony Rizzo, and a Signal of Sincerity

Body Language Analysis No. 3988: Kim Jong-un, ICBMs, False Joy, and Fake Laughter


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4093: Fear and Harvey Weinstein - Emma Watson's Reaction - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)



































Accusations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape continue to accumulate against Harvey Weinstein. Although not currently associated with these allegations, this particular incident is quite telling. The image was captured in 2011, as then 20-year-old Emma Watson was grabbed from behind by Harvey Weinstein as they exited a BAFTA event in London. That evening they were among those at a gathering honoring the film, The Kings Speech.

Purportedly Mr. Weinstein was "escorting" Ms. Watson to their waiting car and he was "protecting" her from fans/onlookers.



























From a nonverbal perspective, this photo captures a moment of fear on Emma Watson's face. Her eyes (eyelids) are opened much wider than baseline. This is a physiologic response to a fear-associated adrenaline surge.


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Body Language Analysis No. 4092: Rex Tillerson responds to Bob Corker's "Castration" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4090: Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, and Impulse Control Disorder

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie

Body Language Analysis No. 4086: Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and Access Hollywood Video

Body Language Analysis No. 4082: Brother of Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas Shooter)

Body Language Analysis No. 4072: "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!"

Body Language Analysis No. 4055: What Does Jessica Chastain Feel For Matt Damon? 

Body Language Analysis No. 4037: Charlottesville Protester Quits Boston University after Death Threats 

Body Language Analysis No. 3992: Angela Merkel's Eye Roll for Vladimir Putin's Mansplaining 

Body Language Analysis No. 3971: Elon Musk, Amber Heard, Affection, and Ownership


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Body Language Analysis No. 4092: Rex Tillerson responds to Bob Corker's "Castration" Comment - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTO)




This morning Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was interviewed by Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union. Among other subjects, Mr. Tapper addressed Senator Bob Corker's statement from earlier this week regarding President Trump's behavior toward Secretary Tillerson, specifically Senator Corker's statement of, "You cannot publicly castrate your own Secretary of State..."

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Secretary of State Tillerson.

JAKE TAPPER to REX TILLERSON: "I want to - ask about Senator Bob Corker who said something 'bout you. Ah, and he was referring - he's a friend of yours. He has - tremendous respect for you. He speaks highly of you all the time. He says that you're one of the best things about the cabinet. And he's dismayed. He thinks President Trump is constantly undermining you. This is a Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said, the President has, 'Castrated you before the World stage'. That's his word - not mine. What's your response to that?"

























During 0:14 (captured immediately above), as Jake Tapper says, "... He thinks President Trump is constantly undermining you...", Secretary Tillerson tilts his head to his left and displays a classic microexpression. Watch this video several times - at normal speed and again at 1/2 speed as the photo does not show its dynamic nature.

Note how the corners of Rex Tillerson's mouth evanescently move slightly down and laterally - simultaneously with a tightening of his "mustache area" along with a subtle flaring of his nostrils. This is a classic microexpression - projecting a combination of both Disgust and Regret.

Summary: In this interview, Secretary of State Tillerson displayed a microexpression of combined Disgust and Regret immediately upon hearing the words "President Trump".


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4091: John Kelly's Press Briefing, "I'm not quitting"/"I'm not getting fired"

Body Language Analysis No. 4089: Donald Trump's Reaction to Bob Corker's World War III Comment 

Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049 

Body Language Analysis No. 4085: Donald Trump's "Calm Before the Storm" Comment

Body Language Analysis No. 4081: Catalonia's Referendum vs. Spain's Control

Body Language Analysis No. 4078: Toddler Steals Prince Harry's Popcorn

Body Language Analysis No. 4061: Pennywise,"IT", and Bill Skarsgård's Demonic Smile - Why is IT so Scary?

Body Language Analysis No. 4039: Blue Angels, Surprise, Emotional Processing, and Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 3994: Vladimir Putin at G20 - Donald Trump agreed with me


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4091: John Kelly's Press Briefing, "I'm not quitting"/"I'm not getting fired" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Yesterday, amidst rumors of his quitting or impending firing by President Trump, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, held a press briefing. The video above is a portion of that briefing. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

JOHN KELLY (beginning at 0:00): "I would just offer to you that, ah, although I read it all the time, a-, pretty consistently, I -, I'm not quitting today. Ahhhhum, , I, I don't believe and I just talked to the President - I don't think I'm being fired today ahhhhum, and ahhhh, I am not so frustrated in this job that, ahhhh, I'm thinking of leaving. I'll tell you, this is ---- the hardest job I've ever had Ω - ahhh, this is, in my view, the most important job I've ever had. Ah, I would offer though, it is not the best job I ever had. Best job I ever had, as I've said many times, is when I was an enlisted marine, sergeant, infantryman - that was the best job I ever had. So, ah, unless things change - I'm not, ahum, quitting. I'm not getting fired . And, ahhh, I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow."



























During 0:08, as he says, "... I -, I'm not quitting today, Ahhhhum...", John Kelly first makes the expression captured in the photo above. This face shows a combination of Regret, Disgust, and Contempt.



























Only a second later (during 0:09 and notated by ), he then makes the expression of pure Regret.



























 
As he says, "... and I just talked with the President ...", Kelly interlaces his fingers in a hand-clenching variation - indicative of Frustration.



























During 0:14 - just after he says, "... I don't think I'm being fired today, ahhhhum ...", Kelly displays Regret once more.




























During 0:16, as he says, "... and ahhhh, I am not so frustrated in this job that, ahhhh, I'm thinking of leaving...", the White House Chief of Staff again displays a deep expression of combined Regret, Disgust, and Contempt.

























During 0:26, just after he says, "... this is ---- the hardest job I've ever had ..." (notated by Ω ), John Kelly displays another expression of Regret, this time combined with Disgust.




























During 0:48, as he says, "... So, ah, unless things change - I'm not, ahum, quitting....", we see yet another display of Regret combined with Disgust.


























During 0:50, just after he says, "... I'm not getting fired ..." (notated by a ), COS Kelly displays a "Loose Tongue Jut", indicating the thought-emotions, of "I've been bad", "I've been caught", and similar. In this context, this indicates either deception, over-stepping on Kelly's part - and/or his feelings toward making such a declaration on the record (Take care not to confuse this with a "Tight Tongue Jut" - which has a completely different meaning).


Summary: At multiple times during his press briefing yesterday, Chief of Staff John Kelly displayed Disgust, Contempt, and Regret. He also either told a lie, felt he was over-stepping, and/or doing something wrong when making the statement, "... I'm not getting fired ...".

It's profoundly important to correlate nonverbal signals with paralanguage and verbal behavior. In that light, it's noteworthy that many of John Kelly's body language signals occurred simultaneous with the filler words, "ahum" or "ahhh". This interrelationship is no coincidence. As you increase your nonverbal prowess, these auditory markers will help you better recognize the accompanying nonverbal signals.

Prefacing statements such as, "I don't think" (I'm being fired today) and "unless things change" (I'm not, ahum, quitting. I'm not getting fired) - as well as his qualifying uses of the word "today" - are non-declarative, lack confidence, and are particularly telling - signaling John Kelly's feelings of unpredictability with the Trump Administration.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4090: Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, and Impulse Control Disorder

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie

Body Language Analysis No. 4086: Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and Access Hollywood Video

Body Language Analysis No. 4084: Senator Corker Reacts to Secretary Tillerson's Statement (and President Trump)

Body Language Analysis No. 4082: Brother of Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas Shooter)

Body Language Analysis No. 4073: Prince Harry and Melania Trump Meet in Canada for Invictus Games - Harry's Hand Signal

Body Language Analysis No. 4048: Lady Di - Ambassador of Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 4002: Justin Trudeau Meets His Namesake 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3885: Vogue's 73 Questions with Selena Gomez


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