Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4039: Blue Angels, Surprise, Emotional Processing, and Empathy - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





This Blue Angels "Sneak Pass" reaction at the Chicago Air and Water Show, although very brief, examples some fantastic displays of body language. What follows is a partial analysis.






















Note the woman with the aqua colored jacket over her right shoulder just as the F-18 Hornet surprises the crowd by flying from behind only 80-90 feet over the beach.




























Although the resolution is a bit low in this motion-captured image, we can see that her eyelids and her mouth are opened very wide. More specifically, her mouth is opened in a vertically-oriented oval shape - with no teeth visible.




























In this second image, her mouth is opened even more widely - still in a vertically-stretched oval shape - and still with no teeth visible.




























She then covers her mouth with her hands and her jacket as she momentarily also closes her eyes.























Now contrast her body language with the shirtless man to the right of the image. The entire time he has his hands on his hips in a finger's forward, arms-akimbo configuration (high alpha).

The woman discussed here is experiencing surprise. Surprise is the shortest-lived of any emotion (startling is not an emotion, but a reflex) - lasting only two-three seconds and then replaced with another emotion (in this case joy-wonder).

The mouth of sincere surprise is opened in a vertically-stretched oval shape with no teeth showing - exactly as we see here. When surprise is being feigned (as it often is), the teeth are invariably showing and the mouth is stretched horizontally.

When something incredibly surprising, unbelievably wonderful, or suddenly tragic - with high frequency a substantial percentage of people will cover portions of their faces (typically their mouths and/or cheeks) with their hands. This nonverbal act tells us two important things:

1. In that moment, although the person's intellectual brain knows what's transpired - their emotional brain is still trying to process the events and ramifications ("Emotionally Processing").

2. The people who consistently display this sudden hand-to-face covering during such events possess over-all empathy quotients and sincerity quotients which tend to be significantly higher than those who don't have this reaction under similar conditions. This observation allows much more accurate prediction of their behavior in other scenarios.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4038: Donald Trump's Afghanistan Speech

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

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4031: One Gesture to Never Use When Condemning Neo-Nazis

Body Language Analysis No. 4022: Jessica Alba's Rules for Naming Her Baby

Body Language Analysis No. 4010: Lisa Murkowski Responds To Donald Trump's Criticism

Body Language Analysis No. 3979: Ivanka Trump, "I Try to Stay Out of Politics"

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence

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


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4038: Donald Trump's Afghanistan Speech - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




President Trump gave a speech on Monday 21 August 2017 regarding his Military Strategy in Afghanistan. The entire speech is included in the video above. This site is a reference source for body language and its relationship to emotional intelligence, not political ideology. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Donald Trump's speech.




























One nonverbal clue which was extremely striking during the President's speech was his profound lack of looking straight ahead into the camera. Even taking into account the teleprompters, the President Trump either looked right or left - yet literally, less than one percent of the time did the President look directly into the camera.




























He preferred looking to his right a bit more frequently than to his left. Such a right over left bias is not surprising given the President's right-hand dominance. To nuance this further, he just didn't turn his head or eyes to his right or left - rather he also turned his torso in these directions (again, doing so more frequently and dramatically to his right).

This lack of "eye contact" (e.g., straight ahead, into the camera) at which millions of people and many heads-of-state will be looking - is a profound nonverbal tell. In the past, when President Trump has relied on teleprompters - he had still looked forward into the camera a significant fraction of the speech - but not so yesterday.


























Donald Trump, who normally uses a low variety of nonverbal displays - including hand gestures ("Illustrators") - was particularly "monotone" with his body language during his speech.

The specific gesture shown immediately above in some countries (including the US), is known as "The Political Point". In other regions (e.g., Greece, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, and others) it's an obscene gesture - while yet in other places (France, Belgium, Tunisia) it indicates "worthlessness".

In many nations (including the US), outside the context of a pointing surrogate, when the tip of the forefinger (index finger) is touching the tip of the thumb with the other digits extended, it indicates "okay", "everything is all right" or "I agree with you". Yet these are recognizably different scenarios from most political speeches.

In the past 25-30 years, many politicians have come to use the political point nonverbal signal instead of index finger pointing while speaking. In general, this is a good idea - and it's one of many types of body language signals that are known as "alpha-beta hybrids". It fits in this category because it's not nearly as hyper-alpha, aggressive, and offensive as pointing at someone with one's forefinger - while still projecting a good level of authority, strength, and determination.

The trouble with the political point, however, is that most politicians who use it, tend to over-use it - and President Trump is certainly guilty of this body language faux pas. He committed this error even more dramatically Monday night. Whenever someone uses any nonverbal signal too frequently, it's a bad idea. It's very much as if they spoke a certain word too often. It backfires. It looks unpolished. It makes people emotionally uncomfortable. Of course, this same principle applies to almost everything in human behavior. It also sends another message though - it makes the user look nervous (because he is).

Another intriguing factor about the political point - is that outside the realm of politics, the political point is almost never used - and that makes people suspicious. And in this light, it sends strong signals of insincerity.



























Another gesture the President over-used was a palm-down gesture. When he did so with his left hand, he tended to keep the heel of his hand planted on the side of the podium (lectern). This is a lower-level alpha gesture. Again though, Donald Trump did this much too frequently.



























A third gesture the President displayed much too often was a palm-up, facing toward the audience. Of the three illustrators discussed here, this one is most alpha. If used, it should be kept to a small fraction of any speech. It will tend to alienate any people who are "on the fence". It's a rapport destroyer, not a rapport builder.

All three of these gestures are also very common in President Trump's nonverbal tool kit. He uses all of these a lot - but tonight his variety dropped especially low.

Summary: Donald Trump literally looked straight ahead at the camera less than one percent of this speech. He was biased to the right or to the left - but hardly at all up the middle. Even taking into account the use of teleprompters, comparing the speech to past events, this was profound. His lack of variety of hand gestures, along with the President's virtually nonexistent eye contact is because his confidence (and/or his physiology) was significantly diminished.



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See also:

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4034: Steve Bannon's Critical Evaluation

Body Language Analysis No. 4032: John Kelly's Reaction to Donald Trump's Press Conference Regarding the Events in Charlottesville

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed

Body Language Analysis No. 4018: Alexis Bledel and "The Handmaid's Tale"

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

Body Language Analysis No. 3973: Alex Jones, Megyn Kelly, and a Fundamental Insincerity Tell

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3862: Oscars Mistake - "La La Land" erroneously named Best Picture over "Moonlight"

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


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4037: Charlottesville Protester Quits Boston University after Death Threats - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Nicholas Fuentes, who participated in the recent white supremacy/white nationalist/neo-nazi protest in Charlottesville has quit Boston University due to alleged death threats.

What follows is a transcript of the above video followed by a partial nonverbal analysis.

"I was supposed to be entering Boston University for my sophomore year, but in response to recent death threats and threats against my physical safety, I decided that that might not be the best idea. When you start receiving death threats to the extent that I have, it just becomes a liability to my brand, to my academic success and everything else, when - you do have to worry about people ganging up on you or whatever. 

It's disturbing to me the level of hate that people have been able to express and been able to feel against they've never met, never saw, never had a conversation with. They say that we're the hateful ones, we're the bigots - and I get messages all day long from people I've never met telling me what a terrible person I am. There's no hate on this side - I hate no one. I would never do anything like that, and so I, I think it's a little bit upsetting that the political climate is the way it is [R2E2]. 

My reason for going down to Charlottesville over the weekend was to demonstrate. It was to show solidarity for a cause which has not been talked about in the mainstream media, which the American never got a vote on - and that is the fundamental transformation of the composition of our country."


During multiple segments of this video (e.g., 0:02 - 0:05, 0:07 - 0:08, 0:53 - 0:54) Mr. Fuentes displays nonverbal behavior known as a "Self-Righteous Head Wiggle" (aka "High Confidence Head Wiggle"). A self-righteous head wiggle (SRHW/HCHW) is a relatively rapid, side-to-side movement or the head and neck, which also may involve the torso (as in this example), as well as sometimes an overlying similar motion of the jaw (mandible)

The duration of a Self-Righteous Head Wiggle is sometimes very short (therefore a microexpression or nearly so) but often is much longer (Mr. Fuentes' SRHW waxes and wanes several times throughout this video).

As its name states, the Self-Righteous/High Confidence Head Wiggle is associated with emotions of high confidence and self-righteousness. It's very common in those who are far from their emotional baseline's - during hyper-alpha moments. While we all may use this body language from time-to-time, an increased frequency of this behavior is correlated with impulse control disorder. It's useful to think of the SRHW/HCHW as a form of nonverbal swagger. As this behavior cannot be captured with an image, watching the video to fully appreciate its dynamics is strongly encouraged.

























On multiple occasions during this interview, Mr. Fuentes spoke with his mouth in an asymmetrical configuration. This particular example (above) was displayed during 0:14 just before he says, "... it just becomes a liability to my brand ...". With the exceptions of injury, stroke, nerve palsy, or long-standing habit/tic behavior (none of which applies here), this display is highly correlative with either:

A. Swagger/Bravado, or
B. Deception/Insincerity

It's notable that both of these are overlapping emotional states.
























During 0:21, as he says, "... you do have to worry about people ....", Mr. Fuentes displays what is known as a "Head Thrust" - which is another nonverbal display indicating hyper-alpha, high confidence, hubris behavior. Indeed, it's also known by the synonym, "Head Hubris". You may notice this is similar to a "hair flip" dynamic (more commonly seen with women).

























Another very common nonverbal display of Mr. Fuentes' throughout this video, were his frequent Exaggerated Mouth Movements. These are hyperbolic contortions of the lips, jaw, and face which are not at all necessary to pronounce the accompanying words. These facial illustrators are seen when a person is feeling relatively alpha vs. the people with whom he's interacting ("assigning them" a beta status) - or in this case, those who may be watching on TV or online.


























During the 0:49 segment, as he said, "... I, I think it's a little bit upsetting that the political climate is the way it is ..." - Mr. Fuentes displayed a particularly telling nonverbal signal known as the Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression (aka R2E2). This one is extremely short-lived - thus it's also an example of a microexpression. For many people, it's easy to overlook or attribute any significant meaning to it - yet, it's profoundly telling.

The words "rapport" and "empathy" are included in its name because these are the emotions/goals that the person is trying to achieve in others. It does not mean they possess empathy or have yet achieved any rapport. It's often the opposite.

Whenever you see an R2E2 displayed, always ask yourself:
  • Why are they trying so hard to persuade me?  
  • Does this individual sincerely believe what they're saying? 
  • Of what specifically are they trying to convince me? 
  • What is their underlying emotion? 
  • What is their underlying motive? 
  • Do they "feel" sincere or insincere to me? (what does your "gut" tell you?)
A body language novice will misinterpret the R2E2 as disgust or sometimes contempt (Do you know how to differentiate these common errors vs. the R2E2?)

It's important to note that we all make the R2E2 expression - on occasion. Yet when you see it displayed too often, or (as we see in this example) in the wrong context - a red flag has just been raised.

Those who over-use the R2E2 include:
Be extremely cautious with anyone who over-displays the R2E2 expression (or any other body language) - for these situations, at best you're being manipulated.


























Note that just before Mr. Fuentes says, "... There's no hate on this side - I hate no one ...", for a full second (0:42 - 0:43), he closes his eyes in an extended blink.



























A moment later (0:45 - 0:46) just before and as he says, "I would never do anything like that ...", Nicholas Fuentes again displays a prolonged blink.

These two extended eyelid closures (prolonged blinking) - are forms of lack of eye contact - just prior/during these two declarative statements of denial are particularly suspect for deception.


























This expression, during 0:44, just after Mr. Fuentes says, "... I hate no one ...", he displays a barely suppressed smile with simultaneous facial blushing. He's taking sincere joy-pleasure in what he knows to be a deceptive statement. This is a form of what is known in the nonverbal realm as "Duping Delight".

A finding which is highly conspicuous by its absence was a complete lack of any display of empathy when denying his hate ("... There's no hate on this side - I hate no one ...")  and actions he "would never do". Nor was empathy expressed at any other time in this video. This nonverbal vacancy is highly significant, since Heather Heyer was killed by an individual of the group with whom he was associated and an event he attended only a few days ago. On the contrary - these were times he was suppressing a sincere smile.

A rather bizarre finding in this video is the lack of normal movement and diminished dynamic anatomical changes of Mr. Fuentes' lower eyelids along with his forehead. There is no doubt that this 18-year-old has had Botox treatments.

Mr. Fuentes' declaration of, "... it just becomes a liability to my brand" - is a very odd statement. It's dramatically out-of-context - particularly his use of the word "brand". Any behavior, verbal or nonverbal, which is so extremely out-of-context should always set off alarms.

When a person who participated in a white supremacist/white nationalist/neo-nazi protest says, "... It's disturbing to me the level of hate that people have been able to express and been able to feel against they've never met, never saw, never had a conversation with. They say that we're the hateful ones, we're the bigots - and I get messages all day long from people I've never met telling me what a terrible person I am" - his irony and complete lack of empathy is lost on no one.


Summary: Nicholas Fuentes sees himself as an alpha personality. At no time does he display empathy in this video. He's trying much too hard to convince the interviewer and audience that "he's a good person" - and that he should not be the target of others' anger. And although most people would also leave a University where they received death-threats, he loves the resulting lime light. Mr. Fuentes' sincerity quotient is nonexistent during this video. His denial of hate and bad acts are deceptive - and moreover, he takes joy in his deception.


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See also:

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

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4031: One Gesture to Never Use When Condemning Neo-Nazis

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range

Body Language Analysis No. 4011: Anthony Scaramucci's First UK Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 3968: The Grenfell Tower Fire, Empathy, and Emotional Processing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3770: Fidel Castro, Ed Sullivan and Mirroring



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Body Language Analysis No. 4035: Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and Phone Tells - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

























Hope Hicks, was recently named the interim White House Communications Director by President Trump. She is pictured above during a phone call in the lobby of Trump Tower.

Note how Ms. Hicks has her left arm across her lower chest/upper abdomen. This amounts to one-half of a full arms-crossed MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier). It's a body language posture which signals low confidence and low emotional comfort. People don't stand like this when they're confident - or when they are giving or receiving good news.

A nuance which may have escaped you is the position of Hope Hick's left hand. It's oriented palm-upward - which amplifies her beta emotional tone. Had her palm been directed downward, it would have been a bit more alpha.

Now look carefully at Ms. Hick's right hand - holding the phone. Notice all her fingers are relatively parallel. This also indicates her emotions, in this moment, are relatively beta.

Contrast Hope Hicks with Jared Kushner, pictured below. His index finger is held separately and directed vertically - with the other three fingers grouped together (roughly perpendicular to the index finger). This configuration is indicative of alpha emotions. Not surprisingly, this isolated/upward directed index-finger manner of holding a phone holding is virtually never seen simultaneously with one-arm across the torso.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4034: Steve Bannon's Critical Evaluation

Body Language Analysis No. 4032: John Kelly's Reaction to Donald Trump's Press Conference Regarding the Events in Charlottesville

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

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

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

Body Language Analysis No. 3951: Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, the G7 Summit, and The Paris Agreement

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3853: Tom Hiddleston, a School Play and Eddie Redmayne


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4034: Steve Bannon's Critical Evaluation - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)



























Perhaps you've heard? Steve Bannon has been fired. Although rumors of President Trump's chief strategist's departure have been circulating for weeks, what appears to have been the last straw for Donald Trump, was Bannon's recent and very public contradiction of the President's strategy regarding North Korea.

In the image above, Steve Bannon is in the Oval Office displaying a classic nonverbal MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) known as the "Double-L". Note how his index finger (forefinger) is resting on the left side of his head and directed upward, his thumb is resting on the side/base of his jaw (mandible) pointing posteriorly, and the remainder of his fingers are angled to his right. These three groupings of digits are oriented at roughly right-angles to each other, and thereby giving this gesture its name, the "Double-L" - which is a strong signal of critical evaluation (e.g., Whatever you're selling, he's NOT buying).

Of particular note is his middle finger. It's held over his lips (see below) and it's also isolated from the other digits. And although this signal is a subconscious/edge-of-consciousness phenomenon, the middle finger placement signals Bannon's psyche is simultaneously "shushing" the speaker - as well as flipping them the bird. This is a variation of a "Partial Emblematic Slip".

Nuancing further, we can see Steven Bannon's eyebrows and lower forehead are pulled together (medially) and lowered. His lips are also stretched and very thinned. The cluster of changes is consistent with anger.

Summary: In addition to his anger in this moment, Steven Bannon's display of a "Double-L" indicates a classic and strong critical evaluation of the speaker/idea/plan being put forth. Superimposed in this moment is the display of his middle finger MAP - which is an additional, potent signal of profanity and his desire to silence them.


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See also:

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4031: One Gesture to Never Use When Condemning Neo-Nazis

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range

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

Body Language Analysis No. 3995: Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron, and the G20 Group Photo

Body Language Analysis No. 3946: Melania Swats Away Donald Trump's Hand as They Arrive in Israel

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3896: Did Matthew Perry Really Beat Up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3815: Donald Trump's first Press Conference as President-Elect


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4033: Prime Minister Theresa May Regarding Charlottesville Violence, "I see no equivalence" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





While visiting the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said, "As I made clear at the weekend, follow the horrendous scenes that we saw in Charlottesville *, I absolutely abhor the racism, the hatred, and the violence that we've seen portrayed by these groups. The United Kingdom has taken action to ban the far right groups here. We've proscribed certain far right groups here in the United Kingdom - and there's no equivalence, I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. And I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them."

To put her statement in a greater context, for those who may be unaware - Prime Minister May is the leader of the U.K.'s Conservative Party.

From a nonverbal perspective, Theresa May projects multiple signals in this short video segment. One crucial split-second, in particular, occurs in her first sentence.

During 0:06, just after Prime Minister May says, "...horrendous scenes that we saw in Charlottesville" - but just before she said, "I absolutely abhor the racism, the hatred, and the violence...", PM May displays an excellent example of a microexpression.

This particular microexpression is that of contempt. Note how, very evanescently, the left corner of her mouth vectors out and up (displaying more teeth on her left). Simultaneously, her left nasolabial fold deepens as her left cheek muscle is contracted upward. You may miss this dynamic and short-lived signal if you're not fairly adept at spotting microexpressions. Please view it several times, at normal and slower speeds.

While not required as part of contempt, we see that at the moment of maximum contempt, the Prime Minister's eyelids are also closed. This is an example of a "blocking phenomenon" - which serves to amplify her contempt and, for an instant, tries to "un-see" or "wipe clean from her mind's eye" - the unwanted behavior.

You may also notice that throughout this entire video, the Prime Minister's eyebrows are pulled together (medially) by the contraction of what is known as the "Corrugator supercilii muscle" (resulting in the vertical furrows between the eyebrows). Throughout most (but not all) of this segment, PM May's eyebrows are also frequently lowered (beautifully exemplified during the last syllable of her word, "horrendous"). Her lower eyelids are also tense - as is the region above her upper lip and below her nose. Included in this nonverbal cluster, we can see her nostrils are also flaring. This "nonverbal sentence" (aka "cluster") is highly indicative of anger.

Nuancing her facial expressions a bit further, we can see that during this same 0:06 microexpression of contempt, Theresa May's central forehead is also contracted and vectored upward (aka an elevated "Central Forehead Contraction" or "CFC") - as it was at multiple times during her statement. This elevated CFC is indicative of Empathy.

Summary: When assessing nonverbal communication in real-time, always be aware that more than one emotion may be simultaneously occurring. We see an excellent example of this fundamental body language principle here as Theresa May feels contempt, anger, and empathy regarding the recent violence in Charlottesville - and what she believes to be Donald Trump's mishandling of the aftermath. It's important to point out, that during this segment, the Prime Minister's sincerity quotient is high.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4032: John Kelly's Reaction to Donald Trump's Press Conference Regarding the Events in Charlottesville

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4021: Stephen Miller's and Jim Acosta's Confrontation

Body Language Analysis No. 4005: O.J. Simpson's Parole Board Hearing

Body Language Analysis No. 3986: Anthony Kennedy, The Supreme Court, and Predicting Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3927: Jimmy Kimmel's Emotional Monologue regarding His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose

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


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4032: John Kelly's Reaction to Donald Trump's Press Conference Regarding the Events in Charlottesville - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




The following is a partial transcript of President Trump's press conference yesterday, followed by a partial nonverbal analysis of John Kelly's simultaneous nonverbal reactions.

Please note: In the transcript below, the journalist who is closest to this camera/microphone is, of course, louder than the journalist further away to whom Donald Trump is answering. Thus the 'closer' journalist's questions/words are not included here (even though you'll hear her). Moreover, this transcript does not include the full presser, but only reflects the portion included in this specific video clip.


DONALD TRUMP: I would do it the same way - and you know why? Because I want to - make sure, when I make a statement, that the statement is correct. And there was no way - there was no way of making a correct statement that early. I had to see the facts, unlike a lot of reporters, unlike a lot of reporters.

[cross talk] I didn’t know David Duke was there. I wanted to see the facts. And the facts, as they started coming out, were very well-stated. In fact, everybody said, 'His statement was beautiful. If he would have made it sooner, that would have been good.' I couldn’t have made it sooner, because I didn’t know all of the facts.

Frankly, people still don’t know all of the facts. * It was very important t-, excuse me, excuse me - it was very important to me to get the facts out and correctly. Because if I would have made a fast statement — and the first statement was made without knowing much other than what we were seeing.

The second statement was made after - with knowledge, with great knowledge. There's still things — [cross talk] excuse me. There's still things that people don’t know. I wanna make a statement with knowledge. I wanted to know the facts. Okay.

JOURNALIST: Was it? - two questions: Was this terrorism? And can you tell us how you are feeling about your chief strategist Steve Bannon? 

TRUMP: Well I think the - driver of the car - is a disgrace to, himself, his family and this country. And that is - you can call it terrorism...


General Kelly's up-and-down head nod during 0:38 - 041, was his indicating his agreement to President Trump describing his delayed initial response to the events in Charlottesville in a self-deprecating manner - (quoting others) 'If he would have made it sooner, that would have been good.' 





























A few seconds later, during 0:46 - 047, just after the President says, "Frankly, people still don’t know all of the facts", we see General Kelly's eyebrows vector downward, his head shake side-to-side, his mid-face tighten, a mild flaring of his nostrils, an increasing rate and duration of his blinking, and the corner's of his mouth pull laterally and upward with tightened lips. This cluster indicates very clearly his disagreement-disapproval of the President's statement. However, the White House Chief of Staff's facial expression also indicates he's feeling strong additional elements of disgust and regret.






















Another emotion demonstrated throughout most of this segment is signaled by John Kelly crossing his arms very tightly - and crucially (throughout the first portion of this short video) his neck is also foreshortening while his shoulders are elevating. He's also looking at the floor. This is a very beta posture. More specifically, it's indicative of a highly protective mode. He's emotionally uncomfortable. This dynamic very much makes him look like a turtle going into his shell. He HAS to be there - but he doesn't WANT to be there. He doesn't want to witness the President's behavior. This nonverbal cluster indicates Kelly is in a moment of low confidence. He wants the President to speak - but to NOT say some of the things he said.





































During 1:11, just after the President says, "There's still things that people don’t know," John Kelly responds with a wince. It's as if he was getting a wound sutured without local anesthesia. Donald Trump's statement caused John Kelly emotional pain because Kelly believed, very strongly, that the President shouldn't have made that statement.




































Immediately after his wincing, it's highly probably General Kelly became aware that his expression was witnessed. This, in turn, gave him an adrenaline surge causing Kelly to square his shoulders and stand up straight.






























Just after President Trump was asked, "... was this terrorism?...", General Kelly very briefly looks up and to his left. This act was NOT an "Eye Roll". It was a signal Kelly was recalling a specific event. We have insufficient information to know precisely what it was, however, the timing of his response to the journalist's question, is strongly suggestive that he's recalling the specifics of a conversation he had with the President regarding the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville.





























General Kelly then immediately turns his head, leans his head-neck-torso slightly forward, partially closes his eyelids (squinting), and lowers his eyebrows. Most people will detect this cluster of behavior as an intense anticipation and listening for the President's response to the whether or not he will label the killing of Heather Heyer as an act of domestic terrorism - and/or what he will say about Steve Bannon.

Summary: It would be very valuable to see General Kelly's reaction throughout this entire press conference. However, this 88-second portion is very telling. John Kelly was feeling emotionally uncomfortable and in beta mode in response to President Trump throughout key portions of this video segment.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4031: One Gesture to Never Use When Condemning Neo-Nazis

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4027: Warning Signs - Police Officer Shot Multiple Times at Close Range 

Body Language Analysis No. 4025: U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Regarding President Trump's "Fire and Fury" Statement

Body Language Analysis No. 4020: Bruce Willis and the "Death Wish" Remake

Body Language Analysis No. 4018: Alexis Bledel and "The Handmaid's Tale"

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

Body Language Analysis No. 3983: Female Kurdish sniper fighting IS narrowly cheats death

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha



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