Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3887: Why Does Donald Trump Point at People So Often? - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)





















People point for various reasons. But why does Donald Trump point so often?

Index finger (forefinger) pointing is universally offensive and thus should be discouraged in all but the rarest of occasion across all cultures.

As a candidate or an office holder, choosing a particular journalist or audience member to ask a question is an obvious and common reason for a politician to point. Yet far superior to index finger pointing - and one which builds rapport rather than destroying it - would be with all the digits loosely extended, with the palm facing upward - and with the arm partially extended, such that the wrist, elbow, shoulders - and fingers are relaxed.

But what we are referring to here is a different scenario.

Have you ever become aware - often when someone who doesn't know you very well - is trying to manipulate you when they too often use words such as, "We", "Us", "Our", "Let's", etc. In situations which are disproportional and are out of context to your mutual familiarity or level of agreement, these words are part of a common form of verbal manipulation. They are attempting to make you feel as if you are one group, one family - and of one mindset. If you feel you're part of the same clan, you are more likely to agree to their decisions and their proposed course of action - and more likely to be manipulated. Yet you may not feel this emotionally comfortable is these settings. Listen to your instinct.

Donald Trump will often point to a person in the audience (which may be someone he knows - however many times it's a person he's never met) - and often it's a fellow politician beside him on stage. This pointing is a nonverbal form of this same phenomenon - what some call "Forced Teaming" (de Becker).

Candidate and now President Trump often used/uses these two forms of communication together - the verbal and the nonverbal (as well as a third component of "Paralanguage") as tools of forced teaming - thus increasing his odds of success. Of course, he's not the only politician who does this, but he is currently the most visible.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3886: Donald Trump, Russia, Healthcare, and "Huge" Negotiation Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3884: One Important Expression James Comey Displayed Often During His Testimony Before the House Intelligence Committee 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3882: Donald Trump to Angela Merkel During Press Conference, "At least we have something in common"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3872: "Fearless Girl" Statue in Manhattan's Financial District

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3799: Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia - Full Lips and Lip Pursing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3591: Jo Cox, The Brexit and Sincere Smiles


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3886: Donald Trump, Russia, Healthcare, and "Huge" Negotiation Faux Pas - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)





















If you're ever sitting across from a person in any kind of a negotiation, sales, interrogation, cross-examination setting, etc., and he displays this same body language as Donald Trump is in this image - then he's showing you see his cards.

The specific position of the President's hand is indicative of critical evaluation. Mr. Trump does not like what he is seeing and/or hearing.

Additionally, Trump's torso, head and eyes are not facing directly at the person to whom he's looking/listening/speaking - rather these are all oriented obliquely. We don't look directly at those whom we don't respect, don't trust or don't like.

Yet the most crucial nonverbal tell in this image is revealed by the President's lips. In this moment, Donald Trump's expression displays an excellent example of what is known as a "Forward Lip Purse" - and it's also one of the most information-dense nonverbal signals.

Anytime a forward lip purse is made, the person displaying it believes that they are the alpha relative to those with whom they're interacting. Said another way, they perceive everyone else as a relative beta.

The forward lip purse is also a signal that they either have a clandestine disagreement and/or a clandestine plan. Those who make the forward lip purse are usually voicing no disagreement or a very minimal one - yet they are thinking in terms of tremendous disagreements. Thus this is a profoundly valuable signal of a large disparity between what is thought and what is spoken.

Moreover, because they are in an alpha mental-emotional alpha, those displaying a forward lip purse also believe that they have a high chance of success, once their plan in implemented.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3885: Vogue's 73 Questions with Selena Gomez - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3883: Donald Trump Greets Angela Merkel at The White House - The Handshakes and Mistakes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3881: Donald Trump Snubs Angela Merkel's Handshake in Oval Office

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3858: Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart with "Apology"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3839: Andrew Garfield, Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling - Embarrassment, Protection, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3814: Claire Foy's recounting of Meeting Kate Winslet

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3635: Michelle Obama's DNC Speech and a Body Language Mistake


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3885: Vogue's 73 Questions with Selena Gomez - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Vogue continues its 73 Questions Series with Selena Gomez. Creatively, Vogue films these 'interviews' in a single shot (without cutaways) - and although we hear the interviewer, we never know his name or see his face - which allows us to, much more easily, put ourselves into his shoes. And although she was surely aware of the specific questions prior to the Q & A, a careful look at Selena's body language gives us a deeper glimpse into her psyche.

One question which causes Ms. Gomez to reflect deeply is asked at 3:19:

Interviewer: Where do you see yourself in - ten years?

Selena: [deep inhalation and exhalation] Hopefully happy.

























As the interviewer asks the question, Selena takes a deep inhalation - then, as she is exhaling (also deeply), she looks down-to-her left. Her eyelids are partially closed during this time (3:22).

























After she says, "Hopefully Happy" (3:23), Selena displays several extended blinks (longer duration) as her mouth transforms into a classic expression which is an amalgam of both regret and anger.


























This final image, from 3:24, shows Selena with the primary emotion (expression) of anger. Notice, in particular, the thinning of her lips - with her mouth taking on a more horizontal orientation. There's also a partial closure of her eyelids with a tension in her lower lids. The region above her upper lip and below her nose is also taught.

Summary: Selena Gomez has significant regret for her past and anxiety for her future. She also briefly felt anger during this interview - which was probably directed at the person whom she feels is the cause of her regret.


See  also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3884: One Important Expression James Comey Displayed Often During His Testimony Before the House Intelligence Committee

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3882: Donald Trump to Angela Merkel During Press Conference, "At least we have something in common"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3880: Donald Trump Trying to Suppress his Anger the Day after Jeff Sessions' Recusal (and The Day Prior to Trump's Wire Tapping Accusations)

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3861: Emma Stone, The Oscars and Sincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3841: Tom Brady's and Roger Goodell's Handshake after Super Bowl LI

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3823: Nina Dobrev, Flyboarding, Laughter and a Rapport/Bonding Amplifier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3771: Tom Hanks Reenacts Iconic Forrest Gump Scene


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3884: One Important Expression James Comey Displayed Often During His Testimony Before the House Intelligence Committee - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Today, FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee. He verified that there is an ongoing investigation as to whether Donald Trump or any members of his associates or campaign staff - colluded with Russian officials to interfere with the US Presidential election. Moreover, Mr. Comey also rejected President Trump's recent allegations that President Obama ordered a wiretap on him or his staff.

From a nonverbal perspective, there were several expressions which Director Comey displayed often during his testimony - one of which is highlighted here. A partial nonverbal analysis follows the transcript of the above video.


JAMES COMEY (beginning during 0:00): "As you know, our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters. But, in unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so - as Justice Department policies recognize. This is one of those circumstances [Lower Lip Retraction during 0:24].

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm - that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election - and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government - and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.  

Because it is an open, ongoing investigation - and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining. [Lower Lip Retraction during 1:12] At the request of congressional leaders, we have taken the extraordinary step - in coordination with the Department of Justice - of briefing this Congress' leaders, including the leaders of this committee, [Lower Lip Retraction during 1:25] in a classified setting in detail about the investigation ..."


























Just after Director Comey says, "But, in unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so - as Justice Department policies recognize. This is one of those circumstances" - he displays a Lower Lip Retraction (during 0:24). This is shown in the image immediately above.



























Another Lower Lip Retraction (the subtlest of the three) is displayed during 1:12 (image immediately above), just after James Comey says, "Because it is an open, ongoing investigation - and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining. 



























A third Lower Lip Retraction is projected during 1:25, just after Mr. Comey says, "At the request of congressional leaders, we have taken the extraordinary step - in coordination with the Department of Justice - of briefing this Congress' leaders, including the leaders of this committee. Of the three examples, this is the easiest to see (The camera angle is not the most optimal here, so please take some time to watch the video and to appreciate the dynamics, brevity, and subtlety of this display).


A Lower Lip Retraction, as the name implies, is characterized by a pulling inward of the lower lip over the teeth (often with a coexisting jaw retraction) while the upper lip remains relatively unchanged. It's indicative of determination, a resolute emotional tone, and strong feelings of anticipatory success (and, although not applicable in this particular scenario, sometimes, depending on the other nonverbal signals with which it's clustered, the Lower Lip Retraction is even a signal anticipatory excitement).

Summary: James Comey feels very resolute, determined and anticipates strong feelings of success in the ongoing FBI investigations. This suggests a definitive outcome is, at this time, foreseen by the Director (rather than one characterized by "loose ends). In turn, this bodes ill for President Trump and/or his campaign staff.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3883: Donald Trump Greets Angela Merkel at The White House - The Handshakes and Mistakes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3881: Donald Trump Snubs Angela Merkel's Handshake in Oval Office

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3879: Donald Trump, Wiretapping, Adam Schiff & Russia - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3869: James Clapper regarding Alleged Wiretap of Trump

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3806: The Bachelor Nick Viall Awkwardly Reunites with Ex-Girlfriends Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe on Jimmy Kimmel

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3801: Marion Cotillard, Lip Syncing and Honest Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3759: Nicole Kidman's and Jimmy Fallon's Almost Date Redux


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3883: Donald Trump Greets Angela Merkel at The White House - The Handshakes and Mistakes - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)






















These images capture the first few seconds after President Trump greeted Chancellor Merkel during her recent visit to the White House. And although it was not nearly as "newsy" as his snubbing of her handshake in the Oval Office - or the expression she shot back at him after his "Forced Teaming" with his alleged wiretapping reference of, "... at least we have something in common ...", this moment provides several important body language lessons.

Of course, there are cultures who bow when greeting each other, yet that is not the case in modern Europe or North America (with the exceptions of certain religious ceremonies or royalty). With that in mind, most astute observers will note that it's the unfortunate habit of many taller men to bend forward during handshakes with individuals of shorter stature. When this nonverbal behavior is directed toward another man - it often projects condescending and patronizing emotions. Moreover, when a taller man (Trump is 6'1" or 1.85 meters) bends forward during a handshake with a woman (Merkel is 5'5" or 1.65 meters) - this dynamic projects an additional misogynistic message.

Politicians of all parties often will often grab the elbow, upper arm, or shoulder of the other person during handshakes. This is an example of an alpha power display - although often it's rationalized as an affectionate gesture (both to oneself and outwardly to others). Trump and Merkel don't know each other very well - thus this would not only be a "False Affection Display" - but it's also indicative of narcissism.
 


Notice too that Donald Trump pulls Angela Merkel's close to his lower chest. This component of his handshake is somewhat improved compared with some of other recent ones, e.g., Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch - but he still leaves a lot of room for improvement. Not only do people find the pulling of their arm created by such an action quite uncomfortable (even painful) - it frequently throws them off balance (as occurred with Judge Gorsuch). Moreover, this behavior is strongly correlated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Additionally, men who have a pattern of shaking women's hand in this manner - by the pulling (rather than shaking) of her hand-arm close to his chest - tend to also objectify women, treating them as property/objects to be controlled/used rather than as another sentient and deserving being.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3881: Donald Trump Snubs Angela Merkel's Handshake in Oval Office

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3882: Donald Trump to Angela Merkel During Press Conference, "At least we have something in common"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3846: Donald Trump, Shinzō Abe and Handshake Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3836: President Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch for The Supreme Court

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3864: Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick Arguing with an Uber Driver regarding Falling Fares - Escalation v. De-Escalation, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3594: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Fareed Zakaria

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3820: Mr. Trump: "Who would you trust more, Angela Merkel or Vladimir Putin?"


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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3882: Donald Trump to Angela Merkel During Press Conference, "At least we have something in common" - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)






On Friday, during their joint press conference, there was a particularly odd moment between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of that portion (contained in the video above, with key expressions isolated in the still images below).

DONALD TRUMP (continuing at 0:20): "... Ah, as far as, ah, wiretapping I guess, by, you know, this past administration - at least we have something in common perhaps ..."


























During 0:22, as he says his second "ah" of this sentence, President Trump looks down, closes his eyes, inhales deeply and displays a "Loose Tongue Jut". This cluster of nonverbal behavior is highly consistent with the thought-emotions of "I've been (or about to be) bad" and "I got caught".
























As he says, "... at least we have something in common ...", Donald Trump gestures toward Angela Merkel with an open, palms-up illustrator.

President Trump is using a manipulative/negotiation technique sometimes referred to as "Forced Teaming" (de Becker). By saying outright that he and the German Chancellor share a commonality - and specifically by his use of the word, "... we ..." - together with simultaneously display of the, open, palm-up illustrator toward the person to whom he's referring ("I'm open", "We're friends", "I'm extending my hand to you", "We are of one mind") - tends to make others' temporarily feel as if they are "on the same team". These actions, in turn, engender success with subsequent agreements, negotiations, and manipulations.

But Chancellor Merkel was having none of it...



























After he completes his sentence, Chancellor Merkel looks over at President Trump. She does this twice, in quick succession. The image above was captured during 0:29, just as Trump begins the second syllable of the word, "... perhaps ..."

This nonverbal two-look dynamic is often colloquially referred to as a "Double-Take". A double take is associated with various combinations the thought-emotions of Disbelief, Surprise and/or Shock.

More specifically, with this example, the expression on Angela Merkel's face during this first head turn toward Trump (captured in the image immediately above) is consistent with Shock and Disbelief (e.g., "Did he really just SAY that?"). There also is a simultaneous element of Fear - note that her eyelids are opened wider than baseline with some tension around the eyes - and her jaw is [mildly] slackened [shock].




























The next image (immediately above) shows Angela Merkel during the "second look" of her double take (0:32). In the approximate three second interval since her first glance, she has processed her thoughts and is here expressing the emotion of critical evaluation with some contempt.

Although we cannot see his entire face, Trump is expressing a smugness and contempt.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3881: Donald Trump Snubs Angela Merkel's Handshake in Oval Office 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3879: Donald Trump, Wiretapping, Adam Schiff & Russia

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3877: Kellyanne Conway re: "Wiretapping" Investigation - Alpha Displays

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3868: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, The West Bank and Anxiety

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3812: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & La La Land - Backstage Interview Golden Globes 2017

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3742: Evan McMullin, Donald Trump and Winning Utah

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3696: Jimmy Kimmel's 2016 Emmys Opening Monologue - Sarah Paulson brought Marcia Clark


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3881: Donald Trump Snubs Angela Merkel's Handshake in Oval Office - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Donald Trump's snubbing of Angela Merkel's handshake today was one of the most socially and emotionally uncomfortable moments in recent political memory. There has been speculation and reports that Trump did not hear Chancellor Merkel, nor the journalists asking - yet this is nearly impossible to believe at face-value and moreover Trump's body language clearly contradicts such a claim.























From a nonverbal perspective, this interaction is very much worthy of thin-slicing.



























The image above (during 0:24) shows Angela Merkel blushing. Those who blush easily, have, for the most part, a higher "Sincerity Quotient". The German leader is embarrassed.

Later, towards the end of the above video, there's a profoundly phenomenal example of Nonverbal "Leakage" and "Leakage Transfer". In the nonverbal world, the term "Leakage" is a metaphor used to describe the phenomenon whereby body language and facial signals "trickle out" despite the desire and attempt to suppress them.

At 0:54, some of the journalists begin asking for a handshake (this is also included, but somewhat edited/truncated, at the beginning of the video). A few seconds later, Donald Trump begins shaking his head side-to-side in a classic but somewhat blunted "No" gesture ("Illustrator"). It was not his intention to openly express his true feelings by this head shake - and when he then realizes (perhaps just at the edge of consciousness) his internal thoughts are then being outwardly and involuntarily expressed - he immediately stops shaking it.


























Yet once Trump's horizontal head motion stops - his anxiety is immediately transferred to his hands (ergo termed, "Leakage Transfer") - which quickly morph from a fingers-intertwined configuration (primarily indicative of frustration with a minor component of anger)...


























Then to a modified low classic steeple/pseudo-prayer - telling us he's trying to be an alpha, yet he's being flooded with anxiety....

(A classic steeple [whether low, mid-level, or high] is configured with the palms a good bit further apart as well as with the fingertips approaching each other end-to-end [like a spider's legs reflected while walking on a mirror]. In contrast, here, the long axes of Trump's fingers are much closer to being parallel).


























And then to a pseudo-clap with the base of his hands touching/nearly touching while his fingers move-together, move-apart, move-together, move-apart, etc. - indicating a further elevation in his anxiety.

























During 1:04, Trump distances himself from Merkel by momentarily leaning away from her - while Merkel's expression screams, "Bewildered" (above).

























Then Angela Merkel's expression (1:06 - 1:07) transforms into an amalgam of Disbelief, Disgust, and Embarrassment.

Notice also how Merkel is both leaning toward and partially turning (rotating) to Trump - yet he is "Whole Body Pointing" 90 degrees from her - giving her proverbial "The Cold Shoulder". One way to show respect is to turn your body (eyes, face, torso, hips, feet) toward a person. When we turn away from another - it's showing that we don't care, don't respect, don't like and/or don't believe them.


























Colloquially, Chancellor Merkel's face is very much saying, "Okay - I'll just stay over here and watch while you have your tantrum".




























Simultaneously (and throughout the majority of this video segment), Donald Trump's emotional tone is that of Contempt.

Conclusion: Donald Trump heard the request for a handshake from both the journalists and Chancellor Merkel and deliberately ignored it. Throughout most of this segment, President Trump displayed contempt, disrespect, and significant anxiety. Angela Merkel was shocked, embarrassed, and bewildered.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3880: Donald Trump Trying to Suppress his Anger the Day after Jeff Sessions' Recusal (and The Day Prior to Trump's Wire Tapping Accusations)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3831: Donald Trump's and Theresa May's Press Conference - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3849: Donald Trump's and Justin Trudeau's Relative Confidence Levels During Yesterday's Press Conference

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3850: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and Michael Flynn - Press Conference 

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3861: Emma Stone, The Oscars and Sincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3810: Mark Wahlberg, Justine Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3209: G7 Summit - Angela Merkel, Barack Obama and Matteo Renzi - and a Major Body Language Faux Pas (PHOTO)


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3880: Donald Trump Trying to Suppress his Anger the Day after Jeff Sessions' Recusal (and The Day Prior to Trump's Wire Tapping Accusations) - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)





























The image above (and the close-up cropped portion below) was taken as President Trump was exiting from The Oval Office on Friday 3 March 2017. It was widely reported/leaked that Donald Trump had only just finished arguing with some his top staff, including Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus (a video showing what appeared to be an argument had also been published). Purportedly the President had deemed that Jeff Sessions should not have recused himself (the day before) from any current or future investigations regarding Russia (or at least Sessions had done so far too easily/early).

It's important to note that President Trump's, now infamous Tweets - in which he accused President Obama of directing a wiretap investigation of him/his staff/Trump Tower were made early the next morning (4 March 2017).

It's important to note that President Trump's, now infamous Tweets - in which he accused President Obama of directing a wiretap investigation of him/his staff/Trump Tower were made early the next morning (4 March 2017).

One expression we all often make when we're trying to control our emotions is an "Inward Lip Roll" (ILR). As the name suggests, the lips are rolled inward between the teeth. Often (but not always), the lips can temporarily, completely disappear. These images show a partial ILR and most likely represent a moment a split second after - or a split second prior to a more fully expressed example.

The inward lip roll serves as a tool or psyche uses to suppress both the outward display of strong emotion - as well as its inward growth. Indeed, this nonverbal is the source of the centuries-old idiom, "Bite your lip" (e.g., If a person is biting their lip, they cannot speak mechanically - but also they will be less inclined to speak, for their temper will be coming under better control.).

An Inward lip roll is most commonly seen in the context of anger, yet it can also be seen to suppress other strong emotions, such as sadness and joy (e.g., laughing in the wrong social setting), pain, etc.

Conclusion: Donald Trump's expression as he is exiting The Oval Office on Friday 3 March, is highly congruent with the reports that an argument with his senior staff had allegedly just occurred.



























See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3879: Donald Trump, Wiretapping, Adam Schiff & Russia 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3877: Kellyanne Conway re: "Wiretapping" Investigation - Alpha Displays 


Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3875: Children Interrupt Dad During BBC News interview 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3865: Jeff Sessions and Al Franken - Senate Judiciary Committee during Sessions' Confirmation Hearing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3819: Turkey's Parliament, Presidential Powers and Constitutional Amendments

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3767: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on playing Edward Snowden - but How Do Tom Hanks and Gemma Arterton feel?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3696: Jimmy Kimmel's 2016 Emmys Opening Monologue - Sarah Paulson brought Marcia Clark

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3634: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic National Convention, Emails and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3574: Selena Gomez's Body Language Reaction to Fans in Montreal


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3879: Donald Trump, Wiretapping, Adam Schiff & Russia - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





Today the leaders of a crucial US House of Representative committee conducted a press briefing in which they said they had seen no evidence of President Trump’s allegation that he or his staff had been wiretapped by President Obama during Trump's campaign.

The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (R-CA), said, “We don’t have any evidence that that took place." The top-ranking democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, agreed (D-CA), saying, “I have seen no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made.

The video above contains a portion of this press briefing. In this clip, only Representative Schiff is speaking.



























From a body language perspective, one thing, in particular, jumps out regarding Rep. Schiff - his eyes. More specifically, both of his upper eyelids are, throughout most of this segment, opened much wider than baseline.



























This "White and Wide" configuration of Adam Schiff's eyes (eyelids) is due to a hyper-adrenaline state. It's a very common physiologic response to anxiety. Even a person who's accustomed to being on national TV will be a more nervous when it involves an investigation with such high ramifications.

Although it's not captured in this portion of this press conference, it's crucial to note that Rep. Schiff and Rep. Nunes did not agree on whether or not there was yet, any evidence that Trump's campaign staff had any improper contact with the Russians during the campaign.

When a question regarding evidence of any possible link was posed, Mr. Nunes said, "Not that I'm aware of", while Rep. Schiff interjected saying, "You know, I, I'm, I wouldn't answer that question, ah, as categorically as my colleague and - ah, you know we're not privileged to talk about the contents of the investigation, but I, you know, I-I think we need to be very precise, ah, when we talk about this, ah-um - and I, I just don't think answer that, answer categorically, ah, and not in this forum." Thus it is possible that the details regarding this specific disagreement was the reason for Adam Schiff's heightened adrenaline.

The eyes are always of the utmost importance in the endeavor to accurately interpret (or project) nonverbal signals. What some people would call "subtleties" are often glossed-over or go completely unnoticed. And, in this example, Representative Schiff's eyelid changes are far from subtle.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3878: Sean Spicer, White House Briefing, Donald Trump's Wiretapping Allegations 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3876: John McCain's "State of the Union" Interview re: Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, Wiretap Allegations and Russia

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3874: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Denies that Carbon Dioxide is the Cause of Global Warming

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3872: "Fearless Girl" Statue in Manhattan's Financial District

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3856: "Belle" Clip - Beauty and the Beast

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3811: Hayden Panettiere, Stephen Colbert and Personal Space

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3657: Abbey D'Agnostino, Nikki Hamblin and the Olympic Spirit

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3647: Yusra Mardini, Refugees, Syrian Swimmer, and Sincere Smiles


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3878: Sean Spicer, White House Briefing, Donald Trump's Wiretapping Allegations - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)





The video above is a segment of today's White House Briefing (The images below were captured from another camera, and thus are from a slightly different angle). The questions posed by the journalist (Trey Yingst) addressed the investigation of Donald Trump's allegations that Barack Obama had Mr. Trump/Trump Tower wiretapped during Trump's campaign. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.

TREY YINGST (beginning at 0:37): And a quick follow-up ah -

SEAN SPICER: Sure [disgust-contempt]

TREY YINGST: When a decision is announced - whatever evidence or - potentially no evidence is, ah, released, will he make a statement, about the evidence, or lack of evidence?


























Just after Mr. Spicer says, "Sure", he displays an expression which is an amalgam of both disgust (primarily) as well as contempt (secondarily). The contempt is not captured as well with the still photo - please view the video at regular and one-half speed to appreciate the dynamics of this nonverbal subtlety.



























Immediately after Mr. Yingst says, "... potentially no evidence is, ..." (when Yingst is saying, "... ah, released ..." during 0:44), Sean Spicer displays a classic "Loose Tongue Jut" (aka "Lizard Tongue"). A loose tongue jut indicates the thought-emotions of "I've just been bad", "I'm about to be bad", or "I just got/about to be caught" (Navarro). It's crucial not to confuse this with a "Tight Tongue Jut" (which indicates a completely different emotion).

This Loose Tongue Jut signal is very brief and is thus classified as one form of a Microexpression.

Moreover, although it's not a requirement of this facial expression, in this context the simultaneous and prolonged bilateral blinking acts a nonverbal amplifier for Spicer's baseline emotion (e.g., I REALLY got caught!).

Summary: Sean Spicer's nonverbal behavior indicates he believes there is no evidence of Donald Trump's allegations of wiretapping by Barack Obama.


See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3877: Kellyanne Conway re: "Wiretapping" Investigation - Alpha Displays

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3875: Children Interrupt Dad During BBC News interview

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3857: Taunting a Snowplow Driver - Belleville, Ontario

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3829: Mary Tyler Moore - Flirtatious, Sexy, Alpha Female Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3789: Felicity Jones, Jyn Erso and Tattoos

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. 3733: The 3rd Presidential Debate - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton - Part IV - The Turning Point of the Debate 


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