Showing posts with label Egypt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Egypt. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2495:
The White House, Josh Earnest, Egypt and a Coup -
Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Josh Earnest, a White House spokesperson, spoke today about the administration's views on the merits of not referring to the recent military coup in Egypt as a coup. What follows is an analysis of some of his body language.

At 0:06 Josh Earnest exhibits a "Forward (Symmetrical) Lip Purse". A very telling nonverbal display and one particularly valuable in negotiations, this variety of lip purse is a strong signal for Clandestine Disagreement. Said another way, there is a significant difference between what is being said here and what is being experienced emotionally.

Those who display a forward lip purse perceive themselves to be an alpha personality relative to others in the room. Betas rarely make the lip purse - and if it is seen in such a setting, it signifies a potential power play that is not fully appreciated. It may be a room full of dishwashers or World leaders, but those whose lips configure in this manner believe they are in relative power - AND they have the resources to pull of their clandestine plan, idea or action.

This is a relatively tight forward lip purse. What is the significance of this vs. a loose lip purse?

At the 0:31 mark, Mr. Earnest displays a very short-lived cluster of facial expressions indicative of anger and contempt.

Note the lateral pulling back of both corners of his mouth. Along with the dramatic thinning and stretching of the lips - particularly the upper lip - and with a clenching of the jaw (masseter) muscles are together significant for a nonverbal cluster which is strongly consistent with anger.

The asymmetrical dilation of his nostrils (greater on his LEFT) is a significant body language tell for the emotion of contempt. Simultaneous with this is a upward vectoring of the "mustache area" between his (LEFT) upper lip and nose (thus resembling a one-sided "snarl") is a classic contempt expression (here a microexpression because of it's extremely brief duration). In addition a partial bilateral closure of the upper eyelids is significant for contempt and indeed is a contempt amplifier.

There are several other significant nonverbal signals displayed in this video. How many did you spot?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2333:  Sen. Rand Paul at 2013 CPAC -  Body Language & variations on the Lip Purse

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2216:  Senator Jim DeMint's Body Language -  Lip Purse, Suppressed Smile, Duping Delight & Retiring Early

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2447:  Johnny Depp Disagrees with  "The Lone Ranger" Director Gore Verbinski But He Won't Say It Aloud ...  Tonto's Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1863:  Sharapova's Lips of Anger

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1060:  Belichick's Anger

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2410:  Grant Acord, Oregon Student Suspect in School Bomb Plot -  Body Language Warning Signals

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 457:  Salman Rushdie - and a Contempt Amplifier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2312:  Bruce Willis' Body Language -  Contempt vs. Suppressed Smile vs.  Pseudo Smile vs. Sincere Smile


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2491:
President Obama's Reaction to Egypt Military's
Massive Killing of Protesters -
Beta Body Language
Where Alpha Had Been Barack's Baseline Behavior

This morning Barack Obama spoke of the tragic and massive massacring of hundreds of Egyptian civilians (protesters) by their own military as well as the overlying problems of the Egyptian government in transition. Throughout a large fraction of this speech, the President placed one hand over the other on the lectern. This nonverbal MAP pattern (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) signifies a relatively dramatic departure from Commander in Chief's "Norm" - (normal baseline behavior) compared with the vast majority of his speeches.

This hand on hand body language display is similar in meaning to a fig leaf configuration, although not quite as beta in magnitude. It is significant for low comfort and lower confidence about his position on Egypt. The President is experiencing emotional dissonance between what he is saying and what he is feeling. If Mr. Obama felt a high amount of confidence in his complete position regarding Egypt, his gestures would not have been so passive. This nonverbal display of "my hands are tied" is indicative of the President's emotional conflict between what he feels is right for the innocent Egyptian victims and what is strategically important for America's national interest. In short, the President feels in his heart he should/could do more, but this is against his political judgment.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2485:  Barack Obama on Next Federal Reserve Chairman -  Anger, Disgust, Regret and Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Test No. 2465:  Barack Obama's Comments on  Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman Body Language & Sincerity

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1153:  President Obama's Tongue in Cheek

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2342:  Barack Obama at Jerusalem Convention Center in Israel  What the President's Body Language Says to a Heckler

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2436:  Vladimir Putin next to Barack Obama -  G8 Body Language

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 926:  When Not to Ask for the Sale

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2152:  Second Presidential Debate - 16 October 2012 -  Barack Obama's Duping Delight -  Benghazi, Libya Attack was an "Act of Terror" -  Alpha, Beta, Confidence & Acquiescence ...


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2484:
Projecting Weakness Where Strength is Needed
William Burns, Bernardino Leon &
Egyptian Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei

One picture does not a negotiation make. With that in mind, when one goes forth into the World representing your company or your country - the nonverbal component of face-to-face meetings and negotiations should never be so sorely overlooked.

The above photo was taken recently in Cairo. On the left is Egypt's interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, in the center is U.S. envoy William Burns and on the right is EU representative Bernardino Leon.

The Egyptian V.P. is seated alone in the power position. Both of his feet are planted firmly on the floor - as is his political position. His legs are wisely moderately separated - however not too widely. Those men who sit with their legs widely splayed (in the seated crotch display) are often trying to overly-express their alpha qualities. Such body language projects over-compensatory behavior and can backfire.

The American and European diplomats are seated with their legs in a configuration of the opposite extreme. William Burns in particular is transmitting a message of weakness. With his knees nearly knocking, Burns is gripping his left hand beneath his right thigh. This body language cluster is screaming weakness and low confidence. Such beta behavior is seen upon the receipt of bad news or when a person feels they are backed into a corner. It is a natural position of low strength and heightened protection.

Additionally, when a man assumes this combination of nonverbals it has the extra meaning of projecting an effeminate emotional tone.

Hands should never held in the lap or protecting the groin when negotiating or when trying to deal from a position of power. What is the difference in the nonverbal message that Mr. Leon hands are sending vs. those of Mr. ElBaradei?

If those whom with you are negotiating assume a position similar to that of William Burns - you will know you have already won.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2427:  Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik - Body Language & Beta Behavior

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2450:  Daniel Radcliffe on The Graham Norton Show -  Deception, Mirroring and Anxiety

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 913:  Low Confidence, Low Trust and Demure 

Leadership Body Language Secret # 103:  High Confidence vs. Low Confidence Stance - Who's Leading Who?

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 337:  Michele Bachmann's Low Confidence Stance

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1241:  A Low Confidence Pledge of Allegiance

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2060:  Tony Blair's Seated Crotch Display of Dominance

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2430:  Dolph Lundgren is an Alpha Male and  He Wants Everyone to Know It -  Seated Crotch Display


Friday, July 26, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2461:
Jen Psaki, Egypt & The U.S. State Department -
Pseudo-Prayer Faux Pas (Video, Photo)

Jennifer Psaki, the spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State announced today (in video above) that the United States will continue to supply Egypt with $1.5 Billion of annual aid despite section 508 of the Foreign Assistant Act, which states: "None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available pursuant to this Act shall be obligated or expended to finance directly any assistance to any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree."

Given the fact that Mohamed Morsi, the first freely elected President of Egypt, was ousted in a coup d'├ętat on 3 July 2013, Ms. Psaki would naturally expect some resistance to the Administration's stance.

A particular body language signal that Ms. Psaki uses in this press conference should be strongly avoided in all but the rarest of times - the mid or lower held Pseudo-Prayer (when held higher, particularly over the mouth it has a completely different meaning). Displayed several times in the final quarter of this video, the pseudo-prayer is strongly patronizing and self-righteous. Outside the setting of a kindergarten class room, a religious setting, or a higher held example (see above and below cross references) and a few culture-specific scenarios the pseudo-prayer is a body language gesture which should not be used unless one's goal is to destroy rapport and send signals of blatant arrogance. These emotions are amplified when an up-and-down chopping motion is added (seen briefly here at the 1:29 mark).

Close your eyes and listen to this video after you have watched it once. Pay close attention to Ms. Psaki's tone of voice. How would you characterize it? Is her tone, volume, cadence and staccato rhythm congruent with her nonverbal signals?

It is rumored that Ms. Psaki is being groomed to replace Jay Carney as The White House Press Secretary. Her body language and paralanguage is strongly suggestive that such a promotion or a lucrative private sector position will come is in her near-future.

What other body language faux pas does Jen Psaki display? What nonverbals did she use to her advantage?

See also:

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1083:  Brewer's MAPs Flag Foreboding

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1896:  IMF Managing Director - Christine Lagarde Pseudo-Prayer & Pursed Lips

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1181:  Helle Thorning-Schmidt & her False Praying Gesture

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2293:  Eric Cantor, the New House GOP Agenda and  One Body Language Signal that  A Leader should NEVER display

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2367:  North Korea, Jay Carney and  Body Language Tells from the White House Press Room

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1555:  Ann Romney Hits it Back Over the Net to Hilary Rosen

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1138:  Jennifer Hudson's Whitney Houston Tribute


Friday, July 5, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2451:
Jennifer Psaki, Egypt and Smiling Out of Context
(Video, Photo)

Jennifer Psaki, the spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State gave a press conference on 3 July 2013 in which she repeatedly and in various ways stated that the United States will not take sides with regards to the conflict between Egypt's (then) government and its people. Of course later that very day a coup d'├ętat occurred and President Mohamed Morsi - Egypt's first democratically elected President was ousted.

During the press conference, Ms. Psaki repeatedly exhibited outright smiles and suppressed smiles. Smiles, whether they are full or suppressed - in the context of significant and weighty matters are significantly out of context. Nonverbal, paralanguage and verbal communication must all be congruent for sincerity to be both felt and projected. In such serious scenarios smiles are sometimes made because some misguidedly believe too strongly it is some form of etiquette. They are posing for a picture. This cluster-context is consistent with a low sincerity quotient. Such posing is always very wrong and sends the wrong message. Here Ms. Psaki displays a nearly full smile. A similar nonverbal to "duping delight", smiling out of context is a quick way to destroy rapport as many in the audience will also feel the speaker is being patronizing and condescending - even with an audience of one. Of course as human beings whether we realize it or not - we all are guilty of this body language from time to time - republicans, democrats, communists or socialists.

When was the last time you smiled out of context in an effort to be polite and yet lost the trust of another?

What other body language do you see in this short video? What messages and emotions do they convey?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2417: Correlating Words, Body Language & Paralanguage -  Sincerity Detection in South Africa

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2438:  Sincere Surprise Body Language - Three Year Old Receives Brain Stem Implant and  Hears for the First Time

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1855:  Sincere Kisses & Closed Eyes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2423:  Kirsten Gillibrand regarding Senate Hearing - What other Body Language Accompanies Blushing? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2198:  Susan Rice's Body Language at United Nations - Her First Public Appearance Since her Initial  Post Benghazi Attack T.V. interviews

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2183:  Barack & Michelle Obama's Tweet - The Palmar Touch, Body Language and an Affectionate Hug


Friday, June 29, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1910:
Natasha Smith Sexually Assaulted in Tahrir Square -
Post Assault Interview

Natasha Smith is an incredibly brave woman. As a British journalism student who was on assignment in Egypt recently, her work took her to Tahrir Square. Tragically she was savagely attacked and sexually assaulted by many men there - and then rescued by others who put their own lives' in harm's way. 

Here is a portion of her interview within the above video with accompanying nonverbal analysis:

2:19 - 2:28:  In this segment, note Natasha's left eyebrow elevated throughout - a clear body language signal for disbelief/incredulity. She can't believe that she gets special treatment because who she is and others are being ignored in large numbers.

"There's been all this fuss because I'm British, and I'm young and I'm a girl. But this is happening to women elsewhere constantly."

In this next portion (2:29 - 2:42); note Ms. Smith's Central Forehead is Contracted (CFC) throughout - which is a nonverbal signal of pain - either emotional or physical (although this must be accompanied by a mouth expression of pain, fear, or sadness - if there is even a trace amount of a "smile" - it's a false smile - beware - a CFC with a smile is a huge warning sign). This pain may be being experienced actively, being relived in the memory, or felt secondarily via empathy. Along with this CFC, the medial (closer to the center of the face) portion of her eyebrows are elevated, while the lateral portions (closer to her ears) move slightly downward (depress). Here the brave journalist is displaying strong empathy for the acts of violence, emotional trauma and lack of justice she feels towards other victims. 

Also note that for a very brief moment (2:41*), a microexpression of anger is displayed as her eyebrows not only pinched closer together, but also depressed, particularly medially.

"And we don't hear about that - we don't hear stories of Egyptian woman or African women or women across the World who ... who will often ...often suffer these attacks and worse (left eyebrow shoots up again for less than a second in disbelief), worse attacks and they'll be no (*) justice done."

This is a very illustrative interview for the emotions and body language signals of incredulity and  empathy as well as a microexpression of anger. Ms. Smith is a very courageous woman and her professional voice, insight and deep emotional understanding of others will serve her and the public well.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis #1856:
Egypt's Former President's Fall from Power -
Hosni Mubarak After Sentencing

This recent image of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was taken just after his sentencing. Earlier today he received a life sentence for his role in the killing of pro-democracy protesters during the Egyptian Revolution in the spring of 2011. Approximately 840 protesters were killed and over 6000 were injured. This photo was taken while Mubarak was in a helicopter as it dropped him off at a prison hospital. It is reported that the former Egyptian leader refused to leave the aircraft for over 30 minutes.

Although this is not an optimal photo and his eyes are covered in sunglasses, Hosni Mubarak is displaying enough to reveal a classic facial expression of Disgust. With his lower lip protruding and his upper lip raised together, tightening of the "mustache area" with bilateral nostril flaring clinches this body language tell. Mubarak's forehead is also relaxed with a lowering of his eyebrows and dynamic contraction wrinkles on the bridge of his nose. If we had a full view of his face we would also expect to see some contraction-furrows on his chin and a temporarily increase of crow's feet on the lateral sides of each eye.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1737:
Building Bridges or Walls
The Human Touch

A protester attempts to talk to a soldier guarding the Egyptian Defense Ministry in Cairo. It is a natural inclination to touch another when we are passionate on any issue - even if they're a stranger. While there are certainly times when touching another would be too much, send the wrong message and backfire - this is not one of them. It's a body language nuance to which few pay much attention or attempt to refine. Yet the few seconds when we touch someone, if done sincerely and in context, generates an extremely disproportionate amount of influence and rapport.

The Election for a new Egyptian President is expected to be held in July 2012.

See also:

Analysis # 1600: Senator Marco Rubio - Self-directed Incredulity & Humor, Blocking and Appeals for the Vice Presidency

Secret # 2: Hugs as a Measure of Affection or Impending Break-up

Secret # 703: Bad Handshake - Let Me Count the Ways

Secret # 771: Ann's and Mitt's Affectionate Hug

Secret # 483: Handshake on the 18th - Not so Fast


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Five Leaders Walking Together but Four Showing Deference

During recent Middle East Peace Talks in Washington D.C., this photograph was taken as the leaders of five countries walk toward the East Room.  Left to right they are Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Barack Obama, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and King Abdullah II of Jordan. President Obama is walking at the front of this group. 

While they are all leaders, the United States is the organizing and host country. The other leaders are not subordinates in in the classic sense, but on the World Stage they are viewed as such in this context. Subordinates walk in front of their leaders at their own risk. If a group of employees is walking with their boss down the hall way, they walk in front of him at their own risk. It will be considered an affront and doing so puts their job at risk.