Friday, May 25, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4292: Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Deception - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



I had the pleasure of contributing to an article in Refinery29 earlier this week regarding White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and some of her many nonverbal deception tells. Here is the link:

Body Language Experts Tell Us Exactly When Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is Lying

Thank you, Natalie Gontcharova.




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Body Language Analysis No. 4291: Donald Trump and Disguising Disgust - "I don't know who the hell wrote that line" 

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

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. 4285: President Trump regarding Undocumented Immigrants: "These aren't people - these are animals"

Body Language Analysis No. 4251: Cristiano Ronaldo's Bicycle Kick vs. Juventus F.C.

Body Language Analysis No. 4240: Cambridge Analytica's Alexander Nix (Part I)

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4132: Drake's Tattoo of Denzel Washington

Body Language Analysis No. 4272: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in Holding Hands - Alpha and Beta


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4291: Donald Trump and Disguising Disgust - "I don't know who the hell wrote that line" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Admit it. There are times when you want to flip someone off - but, given the social setting, you would absolutely suffer the consequences. Often times this emotional dissonance occurs at the subconscious or edge-of-consciousness level. In such scenarios, you may find yourself grabbing your middle finger beneath the table, scratching your neck or ear with that same finger - or maybe using that extended third digit to pull up your sock. These are examples of what is known as Partial Emblematic Slip".

In nonverbal parlance, the adjective Emblematic is used because this is an example of an emblem (the backside of an isolated middle finger) - a gesture which has a Universally understood meaning around the World. They're termed Partial because the gestures are not expressed in a blatant, full-fledged form. And these are called Slips because they're initiated subconsciously.

There are many types of Partial Emblematic Slips - and although, in this particular example, the President did not display his middle finger - he does show us another classic cousin.

Beginning at 0:10, the President continues saying, "...  So your vote in - 2018 is every bit as important as your vote - in - 2016. Although I'm not sure I really believe that but ya know , Ω ... I don't know who the hell wrote that line - I'm not s- ... But it's still important - remember."




During 0:22, just after he says, "... Although I'm not sure I really believe that but ya know ...", Donald Trump turns to his left and sniffs deeply (notated by the Ω symbol above). But look carefully - and in slow motion. What this behavior really is, is another Partial Emblematic Slip. This is a Deep Disgust Display Disguised as Sniffing. It's a ruse hiding in plain sight.




Now go back one second - to 0:21. He first displays a less dramatic - but open example of disgust (notated in the dialog above by the symbol). His extended blink, although not required - amplifies his disgust. As with a lot of human behavior - first we see a hint, a preamble of things to come - then, after a brief suppression, the act becomes more fully expressed. This is a quintessential demonstration of that phenomenon.


SUMMARY:  President Trump sniffs a lot - a whole lot. But not all sniffs are created equal. Granted, from time-to-time we all suffer from upper respiratory tract infections - and on occasion a bit of allergies. Then there's post-nasal drip. Sometimes excessive sniffing is a manifestation of nervousness. And of course, there are other possible etiologies. But certainly some of this Presidential sniffing is simply his subconscious camouflaging his disgust - and this is a textbook example.


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Body Language Analysis No. 4290: President Trump regarding talks with North Korea

Body Language Analysis No. 4288: Is Michael Cohen going to Flip on President Trump?

Body Language Analysis No. 4286: Aaron Schlossberg's Racist Rant

Body Language Analysis No. 4284: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Deadpool 2, and Alpha Up-Regulation

Body Language Analysis No. 4257: Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before The Senate

Body Language Analysis No. 4208: Rod Rosenstein and the Indictment of Russians

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4290: President Trump regarding talks with North Korea - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




On Tuesday, President Trump met with South Korean President, Moon Jae-in at the White House. During a question and answer session in the Oval Office, the American President spoke about his scheduled upcoming Summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. What follows is a partial body language analysis of a portion of this video.


JOHN (Journalist, beginning at 1:31): Can you give us an update Sir, just on where things stand with - with The Summit? Ah, President Moon's National Security Advisor, on the way here, seemed to think that things are on-track, and that - this will indeed happen.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we're moving along and, we'll see what happens. Ah, there 're certain conditions that we want, and I'll think we'll get those conditions - and if we don't - we don't have the meeting - and frankly, it has a chance to be a great, great meeting for North Korea - and a great meeting for the World. Ah, if it doesn't happen - ahnn, maybe it will happen later. Maybe it will happen at a different time. But, we will see. Ah, but we are - a-, talking - ah, thee meeting's scheduled as you know on June twelfth in Singapore - and, ah whether or not it happens you'll be knowing pretty soon - but we're talking right now.



During 1:37 - 1:38, as the journalist says, "... National Security Advisor, on the way here, seemed to think ...", President Trump displays a classic mild disgust display.




There are two crucial times during this short statement when the President Shrugs his Shoulders - during 1:47 as he says "... conditions ...",  (shown in the photo immediately above) and again, during 2:01 as he says, "... happen ..."

A shoulder shrug is a signal for the thought emotions of:

• I don't know
• I don't care
• What does it matter?

Notice Donald Trump is also looking down as he's shrugging. In this context, this action is a significant adjunct nonverbal. 

Of course, a shrug is a dynamic act - and thus is not captured adequately in a still image. Please watch this segment of the video several times to view these gestures in-context.




During 2:13, as the President says, "... ah ...", he displays an expression with significant Regret - and more specifically, that of Sheepish Regret.




At the very end of this particular answer (2:18), just after he says, "... but we're talking right now", The President displays an expression primarily of Frustration (with a secondary component of Regret). This is notated by the symbol in the above dialog.

SUMMARY: Confident leaders don't shrug. Whether a person's overall personality is alpha, beta, or (like most) somewhere in between - shrugging is a significant signal of low confidence.

Those who closely follow Donald Trump's behavior aren't surprised to hear that many experts are now are saying it's a good bit less likely the Summit with North Korea will go on as planned.

President Trump's body language displayed here - that of regret, sheepishness, frustration, apathy, and low confidence - all indicate that Trump believes he probably won't be meeting with Kim Jong-un on 12 June 2018.


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

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. 4285: President Trump regarding Undocumented Immigrants: "These aren't people - these are animals"

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

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4217: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther, Anxiety, and Alpha Up-Regulation

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

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

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


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4289: A Royal Wedding, Suppression of Tears, and Meghan Markle's Mom - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)


If you watched Meghan Markle's and Prince Harry's wedding, you may have noticed Meghan's Mum - Doria Ragland. In these two images, taken seconds apart, we see Ms. Ragland with her lips rolled inward. Note that in these particular examples, her lower lip is doing so to a greater degree - but very often both the upper and lower lips are fully enveloped. 

An inward lip roll (ILR) is a nonverbal display often seen when a person is far from their emotional baseline - and - although they're rarely fully aware - the person's psyche is attempting to suppress these strong emotions. Thus this body language is a mechanism our subconscious uses to down-regulate both the inward growth - as well as the outward display of intense emotion.

It's more common to see this nonverbal down-shifting behavior associated with negative emotions (sadness, anger, frustration, etc.). An inward lip roll is an extremely common method we all use when trying to suppress tears. 

And yet the opposite is also true - for we all can think of examples when we found something very funny - and yet, due to the social context, we knew we shouldn't laugh - or even crack a smile.

Intriguingly, during a Wedding,  the emotions being felt - particularly by the parents - are often a mix of feelings - some happy and some a bit sad. 

It's extremely rare that a person fakes or acts an inward lip roll (even with accomplished actors) - therefore its display is a crucial insight into what a person is truly thinking-feeling. 



Well done Doria Ragland. Well done.



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

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Body Language Analysis No. 4262: Wendy Vitter, the U.S. District Court, and Brown v. Board of Education

Body Language Analysis No. 4207: Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (Parkland, Florida), Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, and Empathy

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

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

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4288: Is Michael Cohen going to Flip on President Trump? - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTO)




In a short segment within this video (from 1:06 - 1:09) - there's an utterly classic, in-context body language behavior yielding a profoundly valuable piece of information.

At 1:06, the cameraman asks Michael Cohen, "A lotta talk about you flipping - any possibility to that? - Now?"

Before he's completed his sentence (during 1:08 - as the cameraman says, "possibility"), Mr. Cohen immediately transitions his hands and arms from his sides - to a Fig Leaf configuration. Specifically, he clasps his hands in front of the groin. Not surprisingly, this body language stance is also known as Genital Guarding. This body language change is a profoundly beta body language display of the need for protection, low confidence, and fear.

SUMMARY:  This nonverbal dynamic (a sudden fig leaf) - in response to this particular provoking question screams two things:

1. Michael Cohen fears Robert Mueller
2. Michael Cohen will indeed Flip on President Trump



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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. 4285: President Trump regarding Undocumented Immigrants: "These aren't people - these are animals"

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4281: Michael Cohen's Duplicitous Smile

Body Language Analysis No. 4278: Jaws - "You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat"

Body Language Analysis No. 4257: Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before The Senate

Body Language Analysis No. 4205: Chloe Kim, Albert Einstein, and Creativity

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4135: What Makes Markle's Eyes Sparkle? - The Emotional Intelligence of Twinkling Eyes


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

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



You may be surprise to know that a healthy person's sensory input is 90% visual. The remaining 10% is essentially "shared" by the other four senses - touch, taste, hearing, and smell. Moreover - 40% of the mass of the human brain is dedicated to vision.

When we close our eyes, a momentary slight re-adjustment of neurologic activity and blood flow occurs - with a bit less in the visual areas of the brain - and a little more in the other regions. This subtle blood flow dynamic brings with it a significant relative shift in oxygen, nutrients, and further increased neurological activity to the remaining 60% of the brain. It follows then, that the other four senses experience an up-regulation of sensitivity. Think about this phenomenon for a moment. We close our eyes when we taste chocolate cake - when we smell a flower - when we are straining to listen to a faint sound. And when in dim light - our tactile sensitivity immediately increase.

But not only do these other four senses become more perceptive - our cognitive focus also increases - and our emotions become more intense.

When sincere affection is present, the vast majority of the time, when we kiss or hug another person (or even when we kiss or hug an animal) - we close our eyes.

SUMMARY: Closing our eyes temporarily amplifies our other senses, our cognition - and in the case of a kiss or hug, our feelings. This facilitates us to more fully drink-in every ounce of emotion - and be entirely in the moment. Thus, closing one's eyes in these scenarios facilitates a natural form of positive biofeedback.

Congratulations to Meghan and Harry - may you have many years of joy, health, and love.


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Body Language Analysis No. 4280: David Beckham, Princess Leia, and Embarrassment

Body Language Analysis No. 4279: Rudy Giuliani regarding President Trump's alleged Sexual Relationship with Stormy Daniels

Body Language Analysis No. 4264: Criminal Profiling - Sketch of Man Who Allegedly Threatened Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) Over Her Affair with Donald Trump

Body Language Analysis No. 4232: Betsy DeVos' 60 Minutes Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4104: Walter Cronkite Reaction to JFK Assassination

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


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4286: Aaron Schlossberg's Racist Rant - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




On 15 May 2018, Aaron Schlossberg, a New York attorney, perpetrated a classic and very public Xenophobic rant in a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan.

Among other things Mr. Schlossberg said, “My guess is they’re not documented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country,” as well as, “If they have the balls to come here and live off my money — I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do — the least they can do — is speak English.

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



During 0:34, Mr. Schlossberg displays a classic and quite pronounced facial expression of contempt. The emotion of contempt accompanies feelings of superiority - such that another person or group is placed "below" the person who is feeling the contempt.

Aaron Schlossberg's contempt is projecting his feeling that "others" are "less than him" and/or "less than human".



Index finger pointing, particularly when gesturing with a repeating stabbing dynamic - as Mr. Schlossberg is displaying here (0:43) - is a strong indicator that a person may very well be transitioning from verbal anger to physical anger.

If someone gestures like this to you - step slowly back as you raise your hands upward (chest high), palms facing toward them out and say, "You're right, I was wrong, It's cool" - in a conciliatory vocal tone - and with a non-accusatory and acquiescing facial expression.  You may even want to add, "I'm sorry" or "I apologize". Of course, you probably won't agree with any of these statements - but you're trying to de-escalate the situation and avoid a physical altercation. As soon as you're out of sight, call the authorities (Every situation is different - but this tactic will avoid a physical attack the vast majority of the time).



Near the end of the video, Mr. Schlossberg says, "Honey I'm calling ICE". As he says, "ICE" (0:46), he displays a facial expression of Disgust plus Anger. This particular combination of emotions is the most common expression of those individuals perpetrating hate crimes.

SUMMARY: This is not Aaron Schlossberg's first public and racist rant. Other incidents have since come to light. Individuals who display contempt and/or disgust at a higher than normal frequency, with very high likelihood, have Impulse Control Disorder.

Finger stabbing gestures are strong and reliable signals of crescendoing anger and diminishing impulse control - and a red flag for verbal anger morphing to physical anger. Take heed.


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Body Language Analysis No. 4285: President Trump regarding Undocumented Immigrants: "These aren't people - these are animals"

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4281: Michael Cohen's Duplicitous Smile

Body Language Analysis No. 4107 (REPOSTING): Paul Manafort, Robert Mueller, Russian Oligarchs, and Donald Trump

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. 4246: Former senior KGB spy - says he was warned that Sergei Skripal and his daughter were in danger

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3731: The 3rd Presidential Debate - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton - Part III - "Such a Nasty Woman"


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4285: President Trump regarding Undocumented Immigrants: "These aren't people - these are animals" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTO)




Earlier today, during a White House roundtable discussion on immigration policy, President Trump said, "We have people who are coming into the country - or trying to come in - we're stopping a lot of 'em. But we're taking people out of the country - you wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people - these are animals..."




Just as he finishes saying the end of the word "... animals ...", President Trump displays what in nonverbal parlance is known as a Lip Curl.

A lip curl is a signal of:

• Braggadocio
• Hubris
• Bravado
• Bluster

SUMMARY: President Trump's nonverbal behavior - which is in full agreement with his verbal and his paralanguage displays - are all indicating strong egocentric emotional motives with respect to his policy on immigration. Such behavior points to high subjectivity, extreme bias, and impulsiveness in decision making.


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Body Language Analysis No. 4284: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Deadpool 2, and Alpha Up-Regulation 

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4280: David Beckham, Princess Leia, and Embarrassment

Body Language Analysis No. 4279: Rudy Giuliani regarding President Trump's alleged Sexual Relationship with Stormy Daniels

Body Language Analysis No. 4201: Donald Trump's reaction to Rob Porter Resignation

Body Language Analysis No. 4268: Benedict Cumberbatch, Schadenfreude, and The Grinch

Body Language Analysis No. 4173: California Mud Slides - Rescue and Surprise

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

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


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Body Language Analysis No. 4284: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Deadpool 2, and Alpha Up-Regulation - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Josh Brolin and Ryan Reynolds were recently guests of Graham Norton on his show while promoting their recent film Deadpool 2. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Brolin - concentrating on three different examples of Alpha Up-regulatory Behavior.

The need for Alpha up-regulation - sometimes more colloquially referred to as Dialing-up one's Alpha emotions - are behaviors which are seen when a person, who already possesses alpha qualities is experiencing a burst of anxiety. Yet they're not ready to retreat, escape, or acquiesce - rather, they are attempting to accentuate and reestablish their confidence, courage, and assertiveness.



The Butt Adjustment is a common Alpha Up-regulating nonverbal signal. This example (which can be seen during 0:25 - 0:26) is quite typical. First, there's a leaning forward - temporarily lifting one's derrière off the chair/coach, etc. - and then moving slightly backward before fulling sitting down once again.




During 0:29 - 0:30, Josh Brolin rubs the lateral aspect of his right thigh. This is another tell that a person is trying to step up to the proverbial plate, while simultaneously trying to overcome feelings of significant anxiety.




Although we can't see specifically what his left hand is doing during 2:56 - 2:57, with high probability Mr. Brolin is pulling up his left sock and/or scratching the lateral portion of his left lower leg. Both are additional signals of attempting to dialing-up one's alpha emotions despite an anxiety event.

SUMMARY: Fully recognizing when another person feels less confident - and then observing them as they attempt to increase their confidence - and noting whether they achieve it (or not) - is a fundamental body language skill. Most people completely misinterpret, ignore, or fail to notice these signals.


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

Body Language Analysis No. 4281: Michael Cohen's Duplicitous Smile

Body Language Analysis No. 4107 (REPOSTING): Paul Manafort, Robert Mueller, Russian Oligarchs, and Donald Trump

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. 4273: Natalia Veselnitskaya and The Trump Tower Meeting - "I am an Informant"

Body Language Analysis No. 4181: Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, "Verbal Sexual" Harassment, and NBC

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3610: Star Swain sings The Star-Spangled Banner at the Lincoln Memorial - Why Do Singers Close Their Eyes?
 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4283: Unidentified Man with Qatari Ahmed Al-Rumaihi in Trump Tower Elevator on 12 December 2016 - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




On Monday 14 May 2018, Michael Avenatti drew everyone's attention to a video which was taken in the Trump Tower Lobby on 12 December 2016. A portion of that video is included within the above MSNBC clip - and loops twice between 1:52 and 2:07 (above). Here's a link to the entire video from Trump Tower that day (see 7:42:30 - 7:43:00).


In addition to Michael Cohen, one of the men in the elevator is Ahmed Al-Rumaihi - a former Qatari diplomat and currently the head of Qatar Investments (worth approximately $100 Billion).

In a sworn declaration, Al-Rumaihi has gone on record stating that he bribed Trump administration officials.

Ahmed Al-Rumaihi's face is outlined with a red ellipse and Michael Cohen's with a pink rectangle in the image above.




In this next photo, captured a few seconds later, Michael Cohen is again outlined with a pink rectangle - and a third man, whose identity is yet unknown, is outlined notated with a white ellipse.

What does the unknown bearded man's body language tell us?




Here we see him a few seconds before - as he approaches the elevator. Notice his mouth opening is horizontal - with his lips closed and thinned. There is also significant tension in his jaw. His nostrils are also flared.

This cluster betrays an adrenaline surge. He is displaying a significant element of anger in this moment.

An important detail here is that he maintains a downward gaze. In this context, such prolonged gaze suggests he's trying to control his temper - or perhaps, trying to avoid being recognized.




Here's another similar image, captured about one second after the previous one. Note his lips have pulled inward slightly - the beginnings of an Inward Lip Roll. An inward lip roll (ILR) is an attempt to suppress the crescendo of strong emotions. His nostrils are still flaring.

Note also, that in each of these images we get a fairly good view of this man's right ear. When attempting to identify an unknown person by correlating photos with a known individual - the external ear (pinna) can be used as a type of visual fingerprint - as it's highly specific to each person.




At 2:05 in the MSNBC video source, just as the elevator door begins to close, with his nostrils widely flared, he inhales deeply, dramatically elevating both shoulders, while foreshortening his neck - as he continues to look downward.




A second later, during 2:06, he repeats this same nonverbal behavior cluster.


SUMMARY: This unidentified man, who enters the elevator with Michael Cohen and Qatari Ahmed Al-Rumaihi - is likely a Qatari official as well. He's experiencing significant anxiety - and more specifically, a high adrenaline surge in the midst of anger (just prior to entering the elevator). Once inside, his anxiety and adrenaline surge increases (the presence of anger negates the possibility of claustrophobia). While it's possible that he's one of Ahmed Al-Rumaihi's bodyguard, this is doubtful due to his continued downward gaze.


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Body Language Analysis No. 4279: Rudy Giuliani regarding President Trump's alleged Sexual Relationship with Stormy Daniels

Body Language Analysis No. 4277: Donald Trump's First Person Shooter/Terrorist's POV Display at the NRA Convention

Body Language Analysis No. 4272: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in Holding Hands - Alpha and Beta

Body Language Analysis No. 4199: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, and their Mission Impossible Helicopter Stunt

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3931: Marine Le Pen's Default Configuration (and What it Tells Us)

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