Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4338: Donald Trump, Omarosa, and Wikileaks Emails - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




On the same day Donald Trump called Omarosa, "... that Dog" in a Tweet, Ms. Manigault Newman revealed that then-candidate Trump was aware of the hacked emails before WikiLeaks publicly released them in July of 2016 during the Democratic National Convention.

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of three crucial moments during an interview Ms. Manigault Newman gave on 14 August 2018 with Katie Tur.

KATIE TUR [continuing at 2:07, over-talking]: ... You say corruption, but do you mean coordination? Anything that Robert Mueller would be interested in whether Donald Trump was coordinating with Russia - 'r he knew about the emails during the campaign - that sort of thing?

OMAROSA MANIGAULT: I think that he should come clean with the American people. I think that he should be honest about what he did during the campaign AND - what he continues to do at the White House.

KATIE TUR: You were instructed, according to your book - to bring up the emails at every point you could at the end of the twen - twenty sixteen campaign?

OMAROSA MANIGAULT [over-talking]: That's, that's correct.

KATIE TUR [over-talking]: Hillary Clinton's emails?

OMAROSA MANIGAULT: Yes. That was our talker. We were to talk -

KATIE TUR [over-talking]: Did Donald Trump know about those emails before they came out?

OMAROSA MANIGAULT: Absolutely Ω

KATIE TUR: He knew about them.

OMAROSA MANIGAULT: Yes

KATIE TUR: He knew what was coming out before WikiLeaks released them

OMAROSA MANIGAULT [over-talking]: Yes §

KATIE TUR: You're saying Donald Trump had a back channel.

OMAROSA MANIGAULT: I didn't say that. You did. But I will say that -

KATIE TUR [over-talking]: How did you know [inaudible] this? 

OMAROSA MANIGAULT: - I am going to expose the corruption that went on in the campaign and in the White House (tight tongue jut, 2:56). I'm going to continue to blow the whistle on all of this.


During 2:42 (notated in the dialog by the Ω symbol), in her response to Katie Tur's question, "Did Donald Trump know about those emails before they came out?", Omarosa Manigault Newman exhibits a classic Contempt display just after she says, "Absolutely".


Four seconds later, during 2:46 (just after she says, "Yes", notated in the dialog by the § symbol), Ms. Manigault Newman exhibits a very telling combination of Contempt coupled with a Suppressed Smile.

The particular amalgam of:

• Contempt
• Suppressed Smile

... is indicative of Schadenfreude.

Schadenfreude is a German word describing "the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another." (Wikipedia)


During 2:56 (notated in the dialog by the symbol), just after she says, "I am going to expose the corruption that went on in the campaign and in the White House", Ms. Manigault Newman displays a Tight Tongue Jut.

A Tight Tongue Jut (not to be confused with a Loose Tongue Jut or a Wide Open Tongue Jut which have completely different meanings) indicates the thought emotions of:

• Disgust
• Disdain
• Repulsion

While the closing of one's eyelids is not a required component of a tight tongue jut, in this cluster scenario such a dynamic indicates an amplification of her emotions.


SUMMARY: Nonverbal Analysis of Omarosa Manigault Newman during this video interview indicates she believes that then-candidate Donald Trump had foreknowledge of hacked emails released by WikiLeaks. She is being truthful.

Moreover, Ms. Manigault Newman also feels disgust, disdain, repulsion, contempt, and schadenfreude towards President Trump.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4337: Donald Trump regarding Omarosa, "Lowlife. She's a lowlife"

Body Language Analysis No. 4335: Donald Trump Jr. Interview Six weeks after Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4333: Ivanka Trump's response to Robert Mueller and Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4331: Donald Trump Speech Two Days Prior To Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4319: Jim Jordan Fox Interview - regarding Allegations of Ignoring Complaints of Sexual Abuse at Ohio State - Part II

Body Language Analysis No. 4254: Tony Robbins, Nanine McCool, and the #MeToo Movement

Body Language Analysis No. 4198: Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther, and Attention to Detail

Body Language Analysis No. 4158: Michelle Williams regarding Kevin Spacey - "All the Money in the World"

Body Language Analysis No. 4130: Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King regarding Charlie Rose


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4337: Donald Trump regarding Omarosa, "Lowlife. She's a lowlife" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



On Saturday 11 August 2018, President Trump held a 'Bikers for Trump' rally at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. During this event, in response to a question by Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, Donald Trump called former White House aide Omarosa Manigault a "lowlife." What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of this exchange.


PRESIDENT TRUMP (beginning at 0:03): Does everybody like the press?

AUDIENCE: No! No!

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Do you think the media is fair?

AUDIENCE: No! No! 

WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: Not!

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Not at all. 

MAN IN AUDIENCE: They suck!

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Tell the truth!

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I better not go that that route. 

WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: [over-talking] Fire 'em!

MAGGIE HABERMAN: Mr. President -

PRESIDENT TRUMP: [over-talking] I better not go any further

MAGGIE HABERMAN: - do you feel betrayed by Omarosa, Sir?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: [to Maggie Haberman] Ah, [Trump nods up and down]

MAN IN AUDIENCE: [over-talking] Send 'em back out in the rain!

President Trump then pauses and says, [inaudible] to a man in the audience [spreading both arms outward and with his palms facing forward]

PRESIDENT TRUMP [turning back toward Maggie Haberman, speaking with the back side of his right hand, fingers extended up to mouth]: Lowlife. [drops hand, then nods up and down] She's a lowlife. 

WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: [over-talking] Send 'em back outside!

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay, thank you everybody.

Beginning at 0:20, Ms. Haberman asks, Mr. President - do you feel betrayed by Omarosa, Sir? The President pauses as he says, "Ah", rotating his head to his left - he nods up-and-down - as he then turns toward a man in the audience. This nodding is an acknowledgement of his feelings of betrayal.

Mr. Trump then says something (inaudible on this recording) in response to the man's suggestion (who had just shouted, "Send 'em back out in the rain!"). The President spreads his arm outward (although primarily his forearms, with his upper arms remaining close to his torso) - both palms facing outward toward the man in the audience. This answer was a stalling maneuver. The President used these few extra seconds to think of what he deemed a clever response to Ms. Haberman's question.


Next, the President turns back to Ms. Haberman. He lifts his right hand up to his mouth with the fingers extended and says, "Lowlife".


He then lowers his arm, as he again nods up and down (a bit more subtly) and says, "She's a lowlife." Donald Trump is also exhibiting contempt in this instant.

The President's dynamic hand-to-mouth display in this context was a feigned act of insincere privacy. Of course, on occasion, during moments which aren't fully-private, secrets are softly spoken with one's hand acting as a sound barrier. And at other times this same gesture is used hyperbolically - in more of a comedy-sarcasm context. 

Although Ms. Haberman's question was posed to the President of the United States - in a public setting - and regarding a serious issue - the predominant emotion being expressed in this moment was one of sarcasm.


Contempt and disgust were close behind (seen here during 0:27).


Immediately after his response, during 0:31, the President turns away, tilts his head and neck downward, and briefly closes his eyes. His shoulders also slump.

SUMMARY: In this context, the dynamic gesture of bringing his hand up to his face during his answer, forming a pseudo-sound insulator, was a hyperbolic, theatrical, and sarcastic gesture. Donald Trump also felt contempt and disgust during this exchange. Yet, the President does indeed feel betrayed by Omarosa Manigault.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4336: Alita: Battle Angel, Large Eyes, and Sexual Attraction

Body Language Analysis No. 4334: Ivanka Trump and the Pistol Steeple

Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate

Body Language Analysis No. 4330: Donald Trump, "No Puppet. No Puppet. You're the Puppet"

Body Language Analysis No. 4328: Mike Pompeo Testifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Body Language Analysis No. 4282: When Public Displays of Affection are More Frequent than those in Private

Body Language Analysis No. 4274: Ariana Grande, Jimmy Fallon, and Recalling the Manchester Bombing 

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


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Body Language Analysis No. 4336: Alita: Battle Angel, Large Eyes, and Sexual Attraction - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



Alita: Battle Angel is due to be released on 21 December 2018. It's a cyberpunk action film produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau. Robert Rodriguez is the director. The film is based on Yukito Kishiro's manga, Battle Angel Alita.


Most westerners confuse manga and anime. While these two storytelling media aren't synonymous, many of their characters share the similarity of large eyes. Alita is a cyborg heroine who's portrayed by Rosa Salazar via motion capture techniques. Modern special effects also allow these artists to enlarge Alita's eyes. These contrast dramatically with the other characters' normal-sized eyes.

It's no coincidence that, regardless of the culture, whether viewed by men or women - women with larger eyes are judged to be more attractive. However, research shows the same principle is not true when assessing the relative attractiveness of men.

Intriguingly, from person to person, there's really minimal variation in the actual size of eyes. While significantly nearsighted people have eyes which are a bit larger - and substantially farsighted people can have smaller eyes - when we say, "she's got big eyes", it's really just a mild variation in the shape of the facial bones and eye sockets, and the eyes are positioned slightly more forward. This makes them appear larger.


Highlighting the eyes with makeup can give the appearance of larger eyes. Such coloration will, naturally, also draw attention due to contrasting hues. In the right context (e.g., depending upon the other simultaneous/near-simultaneous nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage signals), increasing eye contact is flirtatious and will dramatically enhance subjective attraction.

SUMMARY: Larger eyes in women are cross-culturally judged to be more sexually attractive. Some makeup techniques will artificially give the appearance of bigger eyes - and while there are certainly cultural, individual, and fashion variations - this is the primary reason why eye makeup has been used for centuries. Coupled with contextually increased eye contact, these characteristics will subjectively enhance sexual attraction and flirtatiousness.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4335: Donald Trump Jr. Interview Six weeks after Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4333: Ivanka Trump's response to Robert Mueller and Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4331: Donald Trump Speech Two Days Prior To Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4329: Donald Trump Jr.'s Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4323: Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference

Body Language Analysis No. 4316: Sarah Paulson, The Met Gala, and Madonna

Body Language Analysis No. 4307: Jeff Sessions cites Bible Passage to Justify Separating Children From Parents

Body Language Analysis No. 4283: Unidentified Man with Qatari Ahmed Al-Rumaihi in Trump Tower Elevator on 12 December 2016

Body Language Analysis No. 3937: Mr. Lavrov Goes To Washington - “Was he fired? You’re kidding!” - Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson, and James Comey


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4335: Donald Trump Jr. Interview Six weeks after Trump Tower Meeting - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



This interview took place on 24 July 2016 - on the first day of Democratic National Convention - about six weeks after the Trump Tower meeting - and two days after WikiLeaks' release of 19,000 hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails.

What follows is a partial nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage analysis of Donald Trump Jr.'s behavior, concentrating on the first 95 seconds of this video. 

JAKE TAPPER (continuing at 0:08): So, ahum, I don't know if you were hearing earlier, but ah, Robby Mook (SP?), the campaign manager for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton - I asked him about the DNC leak and he suggested, ah, that experts are saying that Russians were behind both the, the leak - that, that the hacking, ah, of the DNC emails and their release. He seemed to be suggesting Ω, ah, that this is part of a plot to - help Donald Trump § and hurt Hillary Clinton . Your response. 

DONALD TRUMP JR:  Well it just goes to show you their exact moral compass. I mean, they'll say anything to be able to win this. I mean, this is time and time again - lie after lie. Ya notice - he won't, 'Well, I say this', 'We hear experts' - ya know - his house cat at home once said that this is what's happening with the Russians. It's disgusting. It's so phony. I watched him bumble through the interview - I was able to hear it on audio a little bit. I mean, I can't think of bigger lies - but that exactly goes to show you what the DNC and what the Clinton camp will do. They will lie and do anything to win... 


Note that about one second after Jake Tapper says the word, "Russians", Donald Trump Jr.'s rate of blinking dramatically increases for several seconds (during 0:23 - 0:27).

A sudden increase in blinking frequency (over baseline) is strongly correlated with anxiety.


During 0:26 - 0:27, although he tries to suppress it, Donald Trump Jr. smiles. He simultaneously shakes his head from side-to-side while blushing.

Blushing in the face of a partially suppressed smile is a profound red flag. This is very much an example of classic B-grade acting of pseudo-disgust. It screams guilt and deception. A person will (subconsciously) shake their head in such a setting because this physical activity will tend to break them out of a facial expression which they know makes them look guilty.

This moment of failed, suppressed smiling is obvious - but let's look again in more detail.


The image above was captured at 0:25, as Jake Tapper was saying, "... the ...". This is a textbook example of a microexpression of Duping Delight.

A microexpression is an extremely brief, but highly significant display of emotion. When you first see this, you might describe it as a "twitch" of Trump Jr.'s left cheek and lip.

But it doesn't stop here. During the early portions of this interview, while Mr. Tapper is asking his question, Trump Jr. displays an entire series of Microexpressions (and near-microexpressions) of duping delight.

Duping delight is the name given to the display of emotion by variations of subtly smiling which are seen when a person is experiencing joy-happiness in their belief that they have fooled you (duped you) in their effort to perpetrate a deception.

These are excellent examples - both of duping delight and microexpressions (and near-microexpressions), so take a moment to watch them several times (for they're impossible to capture in still images). First, watch with the sound on and at regular speed. Next, mute the sound and watch it at 1/2 and 1/4 speeds. Then watch it again at regular speed with the sound back on. Repeat this cycle a few times and view it a couple times a day for a week and periodically thereafter. You'll notice your ability to spot microexpressions in real time will be considerably improved.

Of course, not all microexpressions are of the duping delight variety. But virtually all emotions may be manifested in this subtle and fleeting, yet highly significant, manner.


Some of these dynamic expressions last slightly longer than is considered, by strict definition, to be a microexpression - but don't let this temporal technicality diminish the value of these tells.  

Donald Trump Jr.  displays one of theses slightly longer, near-microexpressions, during 0:28 as Jake Tapper says, "their release". In this moment he's trying to suppress his smile by clenching his jaw muscles. Note his jaw is also jutting forward as the muscles on the front portion of his chin contract.


During 0:30, Donald Trump Jr. displays yet another microexpression of suppressed duping delight just after Jake Tapper says the word "suggesting" (notated above by the Ω symbol).


And another jaw-clenching attempt at suppressing his smile occurs during 0:32, just after Tapper says, "this is part of a plot to" (notated by the symbol). Tapper's words also elicit an extended blink of anxiety. Again, jaw jutting and muscle contraction and subsequent chin dimpling are displayed.


During 0:33, just after Tapper says, "help Donald Trump"Trump Jr., displays another variety of a microexpression, that of a Forward Lip Purse - indicating a withheld thought and/or clandestine plan ( § symbol).


Just after Tapper says, "and hurt Hillary Clinton" (during 0:35 and noted by the symbol), still another suppressed smile is visible. Donald Trump Jr. is also displaying a second, less prominent example of a forward lip purse in this instant.


Just before he answers Tapper (during 0:37 and notated with the symbol), Trump Jr. exhibits what is known as a Loose Tongue Jut - indicating the thought-emotions of "I've been bad", "I've been caught", "I've done a stupid thing" (Navarro).

Not to be overlooked, is Donald Trump Jr.'s verbal denial - it's melodramatic. He's giving only his opinions - not citing facts. When examined in isolation, such a hyperbolic response, does not on its own indicate deception - but it should, in many cases, raise suspicions. Such a verbal retort is analogous to a chef adding heavy sauce to steak - hoping you won't notice that it's a bit burnt.

Remember, Donald Trump Jr. is not being accused of anything here. This interview took place about six weeks after the Trump Tower meeting - but a full year before the public became aware of this now infamous Russians rendezvous. Are we to believe that Trump Jr.'s extreme response to Tapper's question is directed at the Clinton campaign staff? While they were his opponents, the magnitude of Trump Jr.'s words is very much out of context.

SUMMARY: Donald Trump Jr.'s nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage behaviors displayed in this video indicate his responses were probably not due to his yet undiscovered Trump Tower meeting - but were instead, and with high probability, indications that he had foreknowledge of the Russian plan to hack the Democratic National Committee.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4334: Ivanka Trump and the Pistol Steeple 

Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate

Body Language Analysis No. 4330: Donald Trump, "No Puppet. No Puppet. You're the Puppet"

Body Language Analysis No. 4328: Mike Pompeo Testifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Body Language Analysis No. 4326: Carter Page's near-constant Smile

Body Language Analysis No. 4293: Why is Harvey Weinstein Smiling?

Body Language Analysis No. 4273: Natalia Veselnitskaya and The Trump Tower Meeting - "I am an Informant"

Body Language Analysis No. 4166: Logan Paul's Apology

Body Language Analysis No. 4099: Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, and Jim Leavelle


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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4334: Ivanka Trump and the Pistol Steeple - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)


The above image and the close-up below were taken at the White House on 2 August 2017. Ivanka Trump was chairing a meeting in the Roosevelt Room addressing what the administration could do to help support military spouses.

Ms. Trump's hands are configured in what, in body language parlance, is termed a Steeple. More specifically, this is what is known as a Pistol Steeple.

The word Pistol is a nonverbal metaphor in this context - and in several ways. The shape of the hands with three fingers intertwined while extending parallel forefingers (index fingers) mimics the morphology of a handgun. Many people will hold a handgun in a similar manner (only with all fingers around the pistol grip) - and not surprisingly, children "playing guns" will hold their hands this way.

The metaphor, however, extends even further. For when a person holds their hands in the pistol steeple, they are very much shooting down the idea or proposal being discussed. The pistol steeple is very much a Hyper-Alpha gesture (illustrator). The additional component of holding it physically high (level with her neck) further amplifies it's alpha assertiveness and aggressiveness (Occasionally, the pistol steeple is held even higher - in front of one's face). 


SUMMARY: Whenever a person uses a pistol steeple, they view themselves as the most alpha individual in the room. (In this case, although there were at least two cabinet-level officials in the room, Ivanka Trump is the President's daughter, Senior Advisor to the President, and she was chairing the meeting). Individuals using a pistol steeple are recognized as having (or sometimes they're taking) what amounts to veto power and they're effectively killing an idea/proposal.

If your boss begins using a pistol steeple in your presence, take heed - for your days of employment are probably numbered. If you're an attorney and the judge uses a pistol steeple when addressing you - change your tactics. If your spouse frequently points a pistol steeple at you - call a marriage counselor.

The fact that Ivanka Trump used this High Pistol Steeple to shoot down an idea/ideas while meeting with military spouses - carries a particularly high level of irony.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4333: Ivanka Trump's response to Robert Mueller and Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4331: Donald Trump Speech Two Days Prior To Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4329: Donald Trump Jr.'s Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4327: Trump and Putin just prior to Helsinki Press Conference

Body Language Analysis No. 4325: Part II - Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference 

Body Language Analysis No. 4312: South Korea Defeats Germany at The World Cup

Body Language Analysis No. 4287: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - Why Do We Kiss with Our Eyes' Closed (most of the time)

Body Language Analysis No. 4245: Security Video of Stephen Paddock (1 October Las Vegas Shooter) - My KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4162: Is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Going to Run for President in 2020?


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Friday, August 3, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4333: Ivanka Trump's response to Robert Mueller and Trump Tower Meeting - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Yesterday, Axios' Mike Allen interviewed the eldest first daughter and presidential advisor, Ivanka Trump. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of a key portion of Ms. Trump's reaction to Robert Mueller and the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

MIKE ALLEN: Last question and then we're gonna, ah, have Jonathan Swan - have you talked to Robert Mueller or his team? And did you - know Ω about the Trump Tower meeting in June twenty Ω sixteen before it happened? Or did you see any of those visitors?

IVANKA TRUMP: [Positions her mouth to answer, pauses, smiles-laughs, blushes, then answers] No ∆ and No

MIKE ALLEN: Jonathan Swan? Ahum, the great Jonathan Swan is gonna pick up on anything missed, nixed, orrr botched here. Go ahead Jonathan. 

IVANKA TRUMP: And by 'See any of those visitors', I assume - I've seen my husband. And I've se-ee-ee-en [laughing] § [gestures right hand, palm-forward and tilted-down toward journalist in a dominance/refuting display as she laughs] and I've seen my brother [laughing, now with a two-handed palm forward display] §§ but - No.

MIKE ALLEN: But you didn't talk to any of the Russian visitors from there, right?

IVANKA TRUMP: No-o-oh [Laughing, shaking head side-to-side, in a "No" illustrator, blushing deeply]


Very early in this video, during 0:05 as the Journalist says the word, "... know ...", Ivanka Trump displays a subtle yet highly significant microexpression display.

Microexpressions are very short-lived facial movements indicating specific emotions. This particular microexpression was a manifestation of anxiety-fear.


A couple seconds later, during 0:07 as the Journalist says the word, "... twenty ...", Ivanka Trump displays a second microexpression of anxiety-fear. This example is more subtle.

Each of these is notated by the Ω symbol.

Please watch these at regular speed, at 1/2, and at 1/4 speed - then once again at regular speed. Repeat this cycle several times. This practice will increase your ability to detect this and other microexpressions in real-time.


After the Journalist finishes asking his initial question, just after he says, "... Or did you see any of those visitors?", Ivanka Trump positions her mouth to answer. She then pauses. The image immediately above captures the moment she held her mouth configuration as she paused (during 0:10).

This is a stalling behavior tactic and it's rarely fully conscious. Ivanka's psyche is caught off guard and even though her answer is a simple denial, she needs more time to formulate it.

Note also that she's looking up to slightly to her left. This is the quadrant most right-handed people look toward when they're recalling a visual memory (Ms. Trump is right-handed).


She then smiles, laughs, blushes (during 0:11), then proceeds to answer.

The subject matter at hand is one of national security and is not humorous - either from the point-of-view of the average person watching - or if one had been falsely accused in a conspiracy.

Her laughter is a brief, breathy chuckle. Her smile is accompanied by a deep and long-lasting blush.


She then does something contradictory and profoundly telling. Ivanka Trump nods her head up-and-down in a characteristic "Yes" gesture (illustrator) while speaking her answer, "No." She does this during 0:12 and again during 0:14.

These actions are notated in the dialog by the symbols.

Whenever nonverbal behavior is disparate with one's verbal behavior, it's the nonverbal language which tells their true feelings. Her up-and-down nodding (yes) was an affirmation. 


A detail not to be lost here, and which is also a microexpression - is Ms. Trump's evanescent Lip Pursing - which is particularly evident during the second "No" (0:14, image immediately above).

A Forward Lip Purse indicates a withheld (secret) disagreement and/or a clandestine plan.


Ms. Trump gestures with her right hand (during 0:28), palm forward and tilted downward in a dominant gesture just after she says, "And by 'See any of those visitors', I assume - I've seen my husband. And I've se-ee-ee-en [laughing]".

This illustrator is notated in the dialog by a single § symbol.


This illustrator is repeated with both hands just after Ms. Trump says, "... and I've seen my brother ..." (notated by the double §§ symbol, during 0:29)

These palm-out, tilted-downward, gestures are refuting, dominating displays.


Ivanka Trump's laughing is forced and feigned - but her blushing is very real. Blushing is always significant and it can't be faked.

Ms. Trump's faux laughing is melodramatic and extremely out-of-context. This is not an occasion to laugh - whether she is guilty or innocent. Coupled with her deep and prolonged blushing, it's highly indicative of anxiety and deception.

This is a classic example of Queen Gertrude's observation in Shakespeare's Hamlet, "The Lady doth protest too much, methinks." And this too is a play within a play.


Note as Ms. Trump turns (mostly with her head, neck, and eyes - but less so with her torso) toward Jonathan Swan - and as he asks his question, she maintains a high level of anxiety. She must 'burn off' her excess adrenaline and she accomplishes this by nodding her head up and down with a relatively high frequency - during his question from 0:42 - 0:44, 0:48 - 1:03, and 1:05 - 1:06. 


SUMMARY: Ivanka Trump's nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage behavior displayed in this video demonstrates that, with extremely high probability, she is being deceptive and did have foreknowledge of the 9 June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.



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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate

Body Language Analysis No. 4330: Donald Trump, "No Puppet. No Puppet. You're the Puppet"

Body Language Analysis No. 4327: Trump and Putin just prior to Helsinki Press Conference

Body Language Analysis No. 4325: Part II - Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference

Body Language Analysis No. 4316: Sarah Paulson, The Met Gala, and Madonna

Body Language Analysis No. 4294: LeBron James, Adrenaline Surges, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 4278: Jaws - "You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat" - vs. A Real Shark Encounter on a Paddleboard

Body Language Analysis No. 4190: Serial Killer Bruce McArthur - and a Common Nonverbal Pattern of Sociopaths

Body Language Analysis No. 4155: Luis Elizondo Interview - Former Military Intelligence Official Who Ran AATIP (The Pentagon's Secret UFO Unit)


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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)


Fifty-nine years ago last week an event took place which contrasts strongly with the recent Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit. On 24 July 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev met in a replica of an American Kitchen. The pseudo-kitchen was part of the American National Exhibition in Sokolniki Park in Moscow.

This meeting was of monumental importance - for it was on Soviet Soil and took place at the height of the Cold War. It was only two years after the launch of Sputnik - and three years prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The following summer, while Nixon was running for President, an American Pilot, Francis Gary Powers was shot down flying a CIA U-2 spy-plane over the Soviet Union.

Their photo-op morphed into an impromptu and fiery debate (via interpreters) between the merits of capitalism and communism. It has come to be known as "The Kitchen Debate."

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of that event.


In the above close-up, Nixon is shown in the midst of a vertical hand-chop. Although this is an alpha-beta hybrid gesture, it leans more alpha. Provided it's not used too dramatically or too frequently, it's a wise illustrator in this context.

Notice also the position of Nixon's left foot - it's resting on the gate. This shows both dominance and emotional comfort on the American's part - which is a considerable feat since he is standing in the capital of the Soviet Union.


Nixon's forefinger (index finger) up-pointing is another alpha-leaning gesture. If the two men were standing four feet apart, it would have been more beta. However, their physical proximity amplifies its nonverbal weight - making this interaction more alpha.


The act of pointing down - is more beta. To nuance this moment further, if the Vice President had been pointing down - but also toward Premier Khrushchev, it would have been more aggressive, more alpha ... and more escalating. But because Nixon was pointing down and away from Khrushchev, it is less escalating. This difference is highly significant.


This last picture is quite surprising. Nixon's index finger is touching Khrushchev's chest. There's no doubt Khrushchev saw this as a deliberate attempt at intimidation by the American - and understandably so. Such behavior is highly discouraged. In many settings, this hyper-alpha nonverbal dynamic very often leads to physical altercation.

Khrushchev is closing his eyelids in a moment of psychological blocking. His mind is trying to down-regulate his strong feelings. He can't believe Nixon is doing this - and making him look weak.

SUMMARY: In the immediate aftermath of the Kitchen Debate, Nixon probably felt that he had come across a bit too aggressively. Taken in isolation - and from a nonverbal perspective, one could also make such a claim. But geopolitics do not exist in a closed system. Given the context, Vice President Nixon certainly projected American assertiveness and strength. Richard Nixon did not cower, he did not grovel, and he did not acquiesce. He stood firm where the American perspective differed from the Soviet's worldview. Nixon's nonverbal behavior was entirely consistent with his words - considerably dominant, alpha - and even hyper-alpha. Nixon did not shy away from confronting Khrushchev. 


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4331: Donald Trump Speech Two Days Prior To Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4329: Donald Trump Jr.'s Trump Tower Meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 4327: Trump and Putin just prior to Helsinki Press Conference

Body Language Analysis No. 4325: Part II - Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference

Body Language Analysis No. 4303: Donald Trump, the G7 Summit, Women's Empowerment, and Rage

Body Language Analysis No. 4289: A Royal Wedding, Suppression of Tears, and Meghan Markle's Mom

Body Language Analysis No. 4254: Tony Robbins, Nanine McCool, and the #MeToo Movement

Body Language Analysis No. 4193: Hope Hicks, Sexual Attraction, Armpits, and Elbows

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


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