Sunday, July 22, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4326: Carter Page's near-constant Smile - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Carter Page has been a focus of the Special Counsel Investigation being led by Robert Mueller. It's been alleged that Page acted as a conduit between Donald Trump and/or Trump's associates and Russian officials during the 2016 Presidential Election.

Yesterday, the FBI released a version of a FISA warrant application regarding Carter Page. The document, although highly redacted, states, "The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government," in addition to "there is probable cause that such activities involve or are about to involve violations of the criminal statutes of the United States."

Carter Page was a guest this morning on CNN's State of The Union. Jake Tapper pressed him several times regarding any current and past relationships with the Russian government. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis focusing on one of Page's prevalent nonverbal tendencies: Why is Carter Page so often in a state of near-constant smiling? 


Some people have a strong tendency toward smiling - essentially a default reaction - when they're deceiving, attempting to deceive - or being confronted with accusations of wrongdoings. This behavior is usually a longstanding, conditioned response. It's a tic-like phenomenon - which typically begins in childhood.

Early in life, these "Default Smilers" learn that they're not very skilled at suppressing their smiles - particularly when it's out-of-context - such as in the midst of deceiving.

Duping Delight is a related phenomenon whereby a person takes pleasure - true joy-happiness - in the act of fooling another person or believing they have successfully pulled off a lie. Their smiling - which is often subtle and evanescent - when displayed out-of-context, gives them away.

Since Default Smilers have long-since learned they can't hide their guilt by suppressing their smile, instead, their psyches take the opposite tactic - they smile continually so that others will not be able to detect them breaking character. This is a bit like using excessive frosting trying to cover up a burnt cake.

Default Smiling often begins early in life as Duping Delight - but it then evolves into something else: an over-compensatory behavior in an effort to hide deception in plain sight.


Carter Page displays the additional signals of:

• Repeated/near constant blushing
• Prolonged blinking
• Hard swallows (e.g., during 6:12)
• Unstable vocal quality/shakiness
• Not answering Tapper's questions
• Hyperbolic denials
• Stuttering/stammering
• Hedging word choices
• Jaw confessionals (e.g., 4:55 [shown above], 6:11).

SUMMARY: Carter Page's nonverbal behavior during this interview indicates, that with high probability, he is lying - and that he has, in some significant capacity, collaborated with Russian government officials. He exhibits multiple deception tells. Intriguingly, his nonverbal state of near-constant smiling (default smiling) is a long-standing mechanism to compensate for his poor poker face (e.g., "If I'm always smiling, they won't be able to tell when I'm lying").


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See also:

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

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4321: Donald Trump and The Queen

Body Language Analysis No. 3949 (Re-posting): Donald Trump Shoves Montenegro's PM Dusko Markovic at NATO Summit

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4309: The Little Girl in Red, "Tender Age" shelters, and Empathy

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. 4181: Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, "Verbal Sexual" Harassment, and NBC • Interview

Body Language Analysis No. 4087: Harrison Ford Accidentally Punches Ryan Gosling in the Face - Blade Runner 2049


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Friday, July 20, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4325: Part II - Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



This nonverbal analysis is (thus far) the second dissection of the Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit on this site (see below for a link to the first one).

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of the Helsinki Presser focusing on several key responses of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump - as Trump is answering a question from Jeff Mason (Reuters).

JEFF MASON (beginning at 4:27:16): Thank you. Mr. President, you tweeted this morning that it's U.S. foolishness, stupidity, and the Mueller probe that is responsible for the decline in U.S. relations with Russia. Do you hold Russia at all accountable for anything in particular? And if so, what would you, what would you consider them - that they are responsible for?

DONALD TRUMP: Yes I do. I hold, ah, both countries responsible. I think the that the United States has been foolish. I think we've all been foolish. We shoulda had this dialogue a long time (4:27:44 - 4:27:46) ago, [deep inhale] a long time, frankly, (4:27:47 - 4:27:49) before I got to office. And I think we're all, ah, to blame. I 'ink that the United States now has stepped forward, along with Russia - and we're getting together and we have a chance to do some great things, whether it's nuclear proliferation in terms of stopping, we have to do it. Ultimately, that's probably - the most important thing that we can be (Scratches four times in front of his right ear, 4:28:05 - 4:28:07) working on.

But, ah, (4:28:08 - 4:28:09) I do feel that, ah, we have both made some mistakes. (Begin fig leaf, 28:14) I think that thee, the probe is a disaster for our country. I think it's (4:28:19) kept us apart. It's kept us separated. There was no collusion - at all Ω (4:28:25, left eyebrow raises). Ah, everybody knows it. Ah, people are being brought out to the fore.

Ah, so far, that I know, virtually, none of it related to the campaign. And they're gonna have to try really hard to find something that did relate to the campaign. That was a clean campaign. I beat Hillary - Clinton easily and, frankly, ah, we beat her (End Fig leaf, 4:28:46) - and I'm not even saying from the standpoint, we won that race. And it's a shame there could even be a little bit of a cloud over it. Ah, people know that. People understand it. But the main thing — and we discussed this also — is zero collusion. It has had a negative impact upon - the relationship of the two largest nuclear powers in the world. We have ninety percent of nuclear power between the two countries. It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous what's going on with the probe.


During 4:27:44 - 4:27:46, Vladimir Putin displays a Tongue in Cheek dynamic, just AFTER Donald Trump says, "Yes I do. I hold, ah, both countries responsible. I think the that the United States has been foolish. I think we've all been foolish. We shoulda ..." and AS Trump says, "had this dialogue a long time".


Putin displays another Tongue-in-Cheek nonverbal as Trump is saying, "long time, frankly" (during 4:27:47 - 4:27:49).


Yet another Tongue-in-Cheek display is manifested by the Russian President as Trump says, "But, ah" (4:28:08 - 4:28:09).


And Putin displays a fourth Tongue-in-Cheek display as Trump is saying, "I think it's" (during 4:28:19).

In this context, a Tongue-in-Cheek display is a strong nonverbal indicator of the thought-emotions of "I Just Won" - or more colloquially, "I gotcha"! There's also a significant emotional tone of smugness projected with the Tongue-in Cheek dynamic.


During 4:28:05 - 4:28:07, just after Donald Trump says, "... whether it's nuclear proliferation in terms of stopping, we have to do it...", Vladimir Putin scratches the region just in front of his left ear.

When displayed by a person who is listening (here, Putin), this specific signal is highly indicative of hearing someone (Trump) say something with which they disagree - or something they believe to be an attempt at deception. Intriguingly, the number of scratches in front of the ear is virtually always four to six. Vladimir Putin scratches four times.


Just after Donald Trump says, "There was no collusion - at all" (during 4:28:25 and notated above with the Ω symbol), Putin's left eyebrow raises. This is a strong nonverbal signal that Putin does not believe Trump's statement.

In this context - when it's being displayed by the alleged co-conspirator - in real-time, during an active denial - this facial display is an absolute red flag. It's an air raid siren blaring six inches away.

Please watch this expression on the video to fully appreciate the dynamics and context of Putin's facial display.


If we pan-out the camera and look over at Donald Trump, we notice that Trump's hands are retracted posteriorly and withdrawn to the center of his body. They had previously been holding the sides of the lectern (toward the front). In this segment, he maintains this posture from 4:28:14 through 4:28:46 (notated by the symbol). The subjects about which Trump was speaking during this time include Robert Mueller's investigation, allegations of collusion, his 2016 presidential campaign, and Hillary Clinton.

Although we cannot see his hands directly they are either in a Fig Leaf configuration (also known as Genital Guarding) - or very nearly so.

The fig leaf is a particularly Beta body posture. When we see this dynamic change, it projects weakness and vulnerability to the subjects being discussed.

Moreover, when standing on stage with another person, the one displaying a fig-leaf is signaling his subordination. The American President feels he is Putin's subordinate.

SUMMARY: Analysis of Vladimir Putin in the above-described video segment of The Helsinki Summit, demonstrates that the Russian President's thought-feelings indicate that he strongly believes he has won the game he is playing with Trump

Alarmingly, this evaluation also shows that Putin believes that nuclear proliferation should NOT be curtailed - and/or he believes Trump is lying when Trump is saying this.

In addition, and of profound importance, Putin does NOT believe Trump's statement, "There was no collusion - at all". Because the alleged collusion on Trump's part would have to have been coordinated with and conducted by Putin and/or his surrogates, this finding nonverbally indicts both leaders.

Moreover, this nonverbal analysis also demonstrates that Donald Trump has significantly low confidence with regard to his 2016 campaign, the results of the Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton - and toward the investigation led by United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In addition, Trump himself feels that he is Putin's subordinate.



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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4324: President Trump's Post-Helsinki Damage Control

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

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. 4303: Donald Trump, the G7 Summit, Women's Empowerment, and Rage

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4183: Aly Raisman, Larry Nassar, and USA Gymnastics

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4110: Yuli Gurriel "Apologizes" to Yu Darvish for a Gesture of Prejudice During The World Series

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


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4324: President Trump's Post-Helsinki Damage Control - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Yesterday, in response to his behavior with Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit press conference, President Trump made an attempt to control the damage. His explanation was based on the premise of misspeaking a single word, "would" - when he meant to say, "wouldn't". What follows is a partial nonverbal and statement analysis of this exchange.

At 3:53 in the above video, the President continues, "Let me begin by saying that ah, once again, Ω full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies, I have a full-faith in our intelligence agencies - whoops, they just turned off the lights - that must be the intelligence agencies. There it goes - okay - you guys okay? Good. That was strange. But that's okay.

So I'll begin by stating - that I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies - always have. And I have felt very strongly that while Russia's actions had no impact - at all - on the outcome of the election - let me be totally clear in saying that - and I've said this many times - I accept our intelligen-ce - community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the two thousand sixteen took place - could be other people also -  ah - 's a lotta people out there."

A few seconds later, at 5:21 President Trump continues, "So I got a transcript - I reviewed it. I actually went out and reviewed a clip - of - ah, an answer that I gave and I realize that there is a need for some clarification. It should have been obvious. I thought it would be obvious, but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't. In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word, 'would' instead of 'wouldn't'. The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't' or, 'why it wouldn't be Russia' - so . Just to repeat it, I said the word, 'would' instead of 'wouldn't' - and the sentence should have been - and I thought I, it would be maybe a little bit unclear on thee transcript or unclear on thee actual video . The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia'."


A profound tell is displayed just prior to the lights dimming, as the President says "intelligence agencies" (at the end of his statement, "Let me begin by saying that ah, once again, full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies") - the President shakes his head side-to-side in a classic "No" gesture (Illustrator). 

This is a verbal affirmation simultaneous with a nonverbal repudiation.

The President repeats this same dynamic again during 4:43, as he's saying, "... I've said this,..." (just prior to saying, " ... many times - I accept our intelligen-ce - community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the two thousand sixteen took place... ".

On both of these occasions, the President's words are saying, "Yes", while his body language is saying, "No".

Whenever the verbal and the nonverbal signals are in disparate, it's the nonverbal messages which tell the person's true feelings.

Of course, this side-to-side head shaking is not captured in a still image - please watch the video to fully appreciate this subtlety. 


Now - go back to just before the lights went out. The image immediately above was captured during 4:04. At this moment, Donald Trump is leaning forward with his fingers intertwined. He is frustrated - yet feeling fairly alpha in this moment.


Then the lights go out (4:04 - 4:11). 


And - as soon as the lights come back on, we can see the President is now sitting back in his chair and has crossed his arms (and more specifically, with his hands hidden). Donald Trump's change in configuration when the lights were out displayed his defensiveness, low confidence, and a need for protection.

Donald Trump didn't feel secure when the lights went out - rather he felt threatened.

From a paralanguage perspective, it's extremely noteworthy that prior to the lights going out, when he was reading from his prepared remarks, the President left out the word, "I have" at the beginning of the sentence saying, "... full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies".

If a person says, "Sorry", or "Please forgive" - these carry much less impact and considerably less honesty rather than saying, "I'm sorry" or "Please forgive me". By omitting the words, "I have" at the beginning of his statement - Mr. Trump betrays his lack of ownership in his own words - his lack of faith and support for America's Intelligence agencies.


The President also displays multiple Tight Tongue Juts:

One during 4:58 (image immediately above) just after he says, "... I accept our intelligen-ce - community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the two thousand sixteen took place - could be other people also ..."

Another during 5:30, just after saying, "... So I got a transcript - I reviewed it. I actually went out and reviewed a clip - of - ah, an answer that I gave ..."

Yet again during 5:56 just after he says, "... The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't' or, 'why it wouldn't be Russia' - so ..."

And once more during 6:10, just after he says, "... and I thought I, it would be maybe a little bit unclear on thee transcript or unclear on thee actual video ..."

A Tight Tongue Jut demonstrates the thought-emotions of Disdain, Disgust, and Repulsion. Donald Trump is feeling these strong emotions during his attempt at damage control. The President hates that he is doing so because it feels like an apology. He doesn't want to admit he was wrong. In this context, it's helpful to think of these multiple Tight Tongue Juts as nonverbal metaphors of him kicking and screaming as he's dragging himself - refusing to admit he's wrong.

Be careful not to mistake a Tight Tongue Jut for a Loose Tongue Jut or a Wide Open Tongue Jut - for they all have completely different meanings.

There are so many other very obvious verbal difficulties with the President's walk-back that have been pointed out by a multitude of others.

The entire context of Donald Trump's Helsinki Press Conference with Vladimir Putin must be taken into account - not just a simple "would" vs. "wouldn't" exchange.

For example, at the Summit the President openly disparaged American institutions while professing that he thought it was a good idea to take up Putin's offer of having Robert Mueller's team go to Russia.

Even during his attempt to fix his claimed, one-word problem (after 27 hours of not addressing it), he once again can't resist going off-script saying, "could be other people also -  ah - 's a lotta people out there".

Moreover, why did the President feel the need to read from prepared notes, if all he had done was misspoken a single word? In this context - as with an apology - this action alone projects strong insincerity. 

SUMMARY:  President Trump's nonverbal behavior during yesterday's walk-back regarding his Helsinki press conference was highly indicative of deception. His words in Helsinki were indeed intentional. Multiple examples of verbal statement analyses also support this conclusion. In addition, Donald Trump had disdain, disgust, and was repulsed when making his statement.

Intriguingly, and as odd as it may sound, the President - while in the White House - felt threatened, defensive, and insecure when the lights momentarily went out.


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See also:

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4321: Donald Trump and The Queen

Body Language Analysis No. 3949 (Re-posting): Donald Trump Shoves Montenegro's PM Dusko Markovic at NATO Summit

Body Language Analysis No. 4318: Jim Jordan regarding Allegations of Ignoring Knowledge of Sexual Abuse at Ohio State

Body Language Analysis No. 4295: Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos, and Red Flags

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. 4276: Waffle House Hero James Shaw Jr. Meets His NBA Idol Dwyane Wade

Body Language Analysis No. 4097: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, and a Tennis Tongue Tell

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie



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Monday, July 16, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4323: Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



Today in Helsinki, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met for 2 hours and 15 minutes with only their translators present. Afterward, the two leaders held a press conference.

A multitude of nonverbal dissections could be conducted regarding the pre-summit lead-up, the summit, and the presser. What follows is a partial nonverbal and statement analysis focusing on allegations of Putin's alleged "compromising material on President Trump or his family".

REPORTER (beginning at 1:02:39): A question for President, President Putin. Ah, two questions for you, sir. Can you tell me what President Trump may have indicated to you about officially recognizing Crimea as part of Russia? And then secondly, sir, do you, does the Russian government have any compromising material on President Trump or his family?

PUTIN: [chuckles] The posture of President Trump on Crimea is well known and he stands firmly by it, he continue to maintain that it was illegal to annex it. We - our viewpoint is different. We held a referendum in strict compliance with the UN Charter and international legislation.

For us, this issue, we put [unintelligible] to this issue.

And now to the compromising material.

Yeah, I did heard this rumors that we allegedly collected compromising material on Mr. Trump when he was visiting Moscow.

Our distinguished colleague, let me tell you this.

When President Trump visited Moscow back then I didn't even know that he was in Moscow. I treat President Trump with utmost respect. But back then, when he was a private individual, a businessman, nobody informed me that he was in Moscow.

But let's take St. Petersburg Economic Forum, for instance. There were over 500 American businessmen - the high ranking, the high-level ones, I don't even remember the last names of each and every one of them.

But, do you remember, do you think that we tried to collect compromising material on each and every single one of them? Well, it's difficult to imagine - an utter nonsense of a bigger scale than this.

Well, please just disregard these issues and don't think about this anymore again.

TRUMP: And, and I have to say if they had it, it would have been out long ago and if anybody watched Peter Strzok testify over the last couple of days and I was in Brussels watching it, it was a disgrace to the FBI, it was a disgrace to our country. And you would say that was a total witch hunt. Thank you very much everybody. Thank you.

During 1:02:57 - 1:02:59, as the journalist says, "... or his family?", Donald Trump initiates the following nonverbal cluster-sequence:

• Nods his head up-and-down (signifying a "Yes" thought-emotion)
• Displays a false smile (this variety of false smile is known as a "Bitter Smile")
• Blushes
• Closes his eyes
• Looks down to his right
• Looks over to Putin
• Moves both hands and arms from a position front and forward on the lectern, to a retracted and back configuration
• Nods his head side-to-side (as Putin chuckles)
• Blushes deeper (as Putin chuckles)
• Looks to Vladimir Putin again for an answer (note he does this twice)


Blushing with a suppressed smile alone would be enough - yet this set of nonverbal dynamics, clustered together in this context is PROFOUNDLY indicative of guilt. His blushing comes in a second wave precipitated by the Russian President's laughter/chuckling.

Trump's "smile" in this moment is insincere - a pseudo-smile of bitterness (known specifically as a "Bitter Smile").

Crucially, although he eventually shakes his head side-to-side, the President initially nods his head up-and-down, signaling a subconscious "Yes" to the implication of blackmail.

By closing his eyes, Trump exemplifies a blocking phenomenon - psychologically distancing himself from the words/ideas from which he feels the need to insulate himself.

Human beings will tend to look down and to their right during moments of guilt, shame, and emotional weakness - and here Trump shows us an example of this tell.


On cue, Donald Trump moves his arms and hands from a forward, wide-spread, position on the lectern - to a retracted, protective configuration - momentarily pulling them into his mid-line at the back of the lectern. This is a form of a fig-leaf (aka Genital Guarding) and the change is strongly significant for a considerably alpha emotional tone - downshifting to one which is quite beta. Trump is feeling vulnerable in this moment.


Trump TWICE looks over at Putin - indicating his anticipation and anxiety in the Russian's response. Trump is anxious. A person who is confident in their innocence would not have looked at Putin. Moreover, doing so makes him look like/indicates he feels as a subordinate to Putin.

Throughout most of the presser, Putin alternated between placing his legs a wide stance (more alpha) - back to one more narrowly spaced (more beta) - and then returning to a wider stance, etc. He continued this oscillatory behavior pattern throughout this portion of the exchange.


When he began to speak about the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, however, his feet went back to a wider stance and he held the forward portion of the lectern, also leaning his torso forward. This change represents is a considerably more alpha pattern.

Notice too Putin's wording, "... do you think that we tried to collect compromising material on each and every single one of them?". This response is a classic statement analysis giveaway from the former KGB intelligence officer - for while appearing to be rhetorical - it betrays his Freudian Slip/implication, that, although the Russian government couldn't get compromising material on them ALL - they did manage to get compromising material on SOME of the 500 American businessmen.


During 1:03:39, as he says, "... compromising ...", Putin gestures using a palm-down, head/neck-level illustrator - akin to brushing away an insect, a pest. This action is conscious and deliberate. It is Putin in his theatrical mode, yet he's trying a bit too hard. It's pseudo-dismissive. This can be best encapsulated by the oft-quoted line from Hamlet (with apologies to Shakespeare), "The lady (gentleman) doth protest too much, methinks."


Simultaneously with his pseudo-fly swatting, and at multiple additional times during his response, Putin also displays Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expressions (R2E2). This facial expression (a pseudo-disgust face) shows his desire/attempt to gain our rapport as co-rationalizers. When it's seen this frequently (or at crucial moments), the R2E2 expression is highly suspect for deception.


When Putin said, "When President Trump visited Moscow back then I didn't even know that he was in Moscow" (specifically, as the translator said, "I didn't even know that he was in Moscow" [1:03:56 -1:03:57]), Putin elevates the distal portion (toes) of his right foot - rocking back on his right heel. In this setting, this foot maneuver indicates a deception associated with a high-anxiety emotional state.

During 1:04:41 - 1:04:42, as Trump says, "if they had it, it would have been out long ago", Putin again raises his right foot in this same manner.

Of monumental importance is that Vladimir Putin never denied he had compromising material on Donald Trump. This is the statement analysis equivalent of red lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Moreover, Trump's parting comment of "if they had it, it would have been out long ago" - is an example of an extremely common "even if" tactic associated with deception.

SUMMARY: After detailed nonverbal analysis of this portion of the Trump-Putin press conference, the findings strongly support the allegation that the Russian government has "compromising material" (what the Russians call, "kompromat") on Donald Trump and/or his family. Statement analysis also indicates both men are being deceptive. It's extremely probable that President Trump is being blackmailed.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4322: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

Body Language Analysis No. 4320: Peter Strzok's Congressional Hearing

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. 4317: Scott Pruitt Confronted in Restaurant by Kristin Mink

Body Language Analysis No. 4315: Rep. Jim Jordan grills Rod Rosenstein at DOJ hearing

Body Language Analysis No. 4302: G7 Leaders Surrounding Donald Trump

Body Language Analysis No. 4222: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird, and Embarrassment Anxiety

Body Language Analysis No. 4194: Tom Brady, "Why Does Everyone Want Me To Retire So Bad?"

Body Language Analysis No. 4100: Bryan Cranston and The Eyelid Pull


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4322: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTO)


To date, this is one of the most widely shared images of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. It was taken during the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam on 11 November 2017.

From a nonverbal perspective, it's particularly telling. Vladimir Putin's expression is that of a partial, yet sincere smile with the necessary components of:

• Partially closed eyelids
• Concave-up furrows in each lower eyelid
• Partial mouth smile
• A relaxed forehead (while he does have age-related, passive "wrinkles", Putin's forehead muscles are not actively contracting)

President Putin's smile is not fully developed - and crucially, he's trying to suppress it. And as often occurs when one is suppressing a smile - blushing ensues.

Blushing cannot be consciously controlled.

Of course, blushing is NOT a requirement in order for a smile to be considered sincere - and all blushing does not coexist with a smile. However, if a person is blushing whilst smiling, their smile is virtually ALWAYS sincere.

It's profoundly important to keep in mind that you may not share the other person's motives for their smile or welcome their actions. What brings them joy-happiness won't necessarily do the same for you.

In this context, Mr. Putin's blushing likely is indicative of:

• Deception
• Clandestine motives/plans
• Difficulty containing his excitement 

Much less likely causes include:

• Embarrassment
• Nervousness/Anxiety

Summary: The phenomenon of blushing is involuntary and uncontrollable, even by former KGB officers. Blushing is a signal that control has temporarily been lost. The person is letting a thought-emotion slip through - one which they would much rather conceal. Blushing during a smile always conveys the sincerity of the smile - but be warned, for it does not speak to the purity/ethics of their motives. This phenomenon is often significant for an incongruity versus their simultaneous spoken words. It's a literal and metaphorical red flag. During such disparities between nonverbal and verbal messages - it's the nonverbal language which is telling the truth.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4321: Donald Trump and The Queen

Body Language Analysis No. 3949 (Re-posting): Donald Trump Shoves Montenegro's PM Dusko Markovic at NATO Summit

Body Language Analysis No. 4318: Jim Jordan regarding Allegations of Ignoring Knowledge of Sexual Abuse at Ohio State

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4309: The Little Girl in Red, "Tender Age" shelters, and Empathy

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4224: Greta Gerwig's reaction to Guillermo del Toro's Best Picture Oscar Speech 

Body Language Analysis No. 4196: Trey Gowdy on "Face The Nation"

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


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Body Language Analysis No. 4321: Donald Trump and The Queen - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)


On Friday, Donald Trump visited briefly with Queen Elizabeth II. Royal protocol dictates that you should never walk in front of the Queen - nor should you ever turn your back to her. The American President managed to do both - after he had kept her waiting for fifteen minutes.

It may seem obvious to most people that etiquette is profoundly important when one visits royalty. And the next time you drop by Windsor Castle, you'd be would be well-advised to practice and prepare. However, when you forget the proper protocol - it's always wise to let empathy direct your actions. That's assuming, of course, that you have empathy. After all, the Queen is 92 years old, was walking on uneven ground - and, theoretically, another leader should be trying to build rapport - not insulting her.



Now, occasionally, even well-mannered, empathetic people will be caught up in anxiety or distractions and walk in front of their wife, husband, or significant other. However, when this becomes a pattern - when a person consistently walks in front of their partner - it's a behavior that's strongly correlated with narcissistic personality disorder.

In addition, when a man routinely walks in front of his girlfriend or wife - it's a strong sign of objectification. This is a man who thinks of her as something to be used - as property, rather than an equal.

Moreover, men who physically or emotionally abuse their partners will routinely walk in front - rather than at their sides.

SUMMARY: If one wasn't familiar with Donald Trump, they might conclude that his act of walking in front of Queen Elizabeth II as well as turning his back on her - was due to him being unfamiliar with Royal protocol, having a bad day, or just simple rudeness. President Trump, however, demonstrates a long-term pattern of this behavior with all his wives and other women. Such frequency is highly correlative with Narcissistic Personality Disorder - which, of course, includes his absence of empathy.


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See also:


Body Language Analysis No. 4320: Peter Strzok's Congressional Hearing

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. 4317: Scott Pruitt Confronted in Restaurant by Kristin Mink

Body Language Analysis No. 4271: Donald Trump's Hand Holding While Pulling of Emmanuel Macron

Body Language Analysis No. 4315: Rep. Jim Jordan grills Rod Rosenstein at DOJ hearing

Body Language Analysis No. 4090: Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, and Impulse Control Disorder

Body Language Analysis No. 4088: Kit Harington's April Fools' Prank on Rose Leslie

Body Language Analysis No. 4071: Fans' Reaction to Trauma - Young Girl Hit By Foul Ball at Yankee Stadium

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


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4320: Peter Strzok's Congressional Hearing - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



Peter Strzok, an FBI Deputy Assistant Director, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary and Oversight Committees yesterday. Most anyone who watched the nearly 10-hour event would agree that it was the one of the most raucous and chaotic in memory - abundant with yelling and deeply personal exchanges. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Peter Strzok's opening statement.

PETER STRZOK: (beginning at 0:01): Chairmen Goodlatte and Gowdy, Ranking Members Nadler and Cummings. Thank you for the opportunity to testify before your committees again, this time in an open hearing Ω.  I testify today with significant regret Ω, recognizing that my texts have created confusion and caused pain for people I love Ω. Certain private messages of mine have provided ammunition for misguided attacks against the FBI Ω, an institution I love deeply and have served proudly for more than 20 years.

At four times during this first paragraph of his opening statement, Mr. Strzok displays expressions of regret. These are each notated above with a Ω symbol.


The second instance occurs the instant after he says, "I testify today with significant regret..." (shown in the image immediately above).

This nonverbal variation of regret is extremely common and is most notably characterized by a lateral vectoring of the corner of a closed mouth (in this example, Strzok's left). In this example, because Strzok's head is tilted down - the mouth corner gives the false appearance of being a bit up-turned. To an unskilled observer, it may appear as a halfhearted attempt at a smile - but it's nothing of the sort. This is indeed indicative of regret.

If one only reads his statement without watching the video - the emotion of regret would be expected and contextual. This is a beautiful example of the nonverbal, verbal - as well as vocal qualities (a subset of paralanguage) - all being simultaneous and congruent. Peter Strzok's regret is truly sincere.


You probably didn't notice, but Peter Strzok has a facial idiosyncrasy. When he speaks - he tends, rather significantly, to speak out of the right side of his mouth (similar to, but not with quite the extreme as former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson). Strzok's style of asymmetry, at times, gives him the appearance of projecting and feeling contempt - the vast majority of times even when he's not experiencing any such emotion. He does this throughout his hearing.

This one-sided facial dynamic may have its origin from an old injury or other medical condition (with the left side of the face being hypo-reactive) - or it may be resulting from a tic-like behavior. Of course, this does not exempt Peter Strzok from feeling contempt - however, others will over-interpret and erroneously assign him this emotion (both subconsciously and consciously).


Continuing at 1:08, Mr. Strzok said, "At times my criticism was blunt, but despite how it’s been characterized, it was not limited to one person or one party – I criticized various countries and politicians, including Secretary Clinton, Senator Sanders, then-candidate Trump and others ."

At the very end of this sentence, Peter Strzok displays a Loose Tongue Jut (1:26 - 1:27, as seen in the image immediately above). A loose tongue jut indicates the thought-emotion of "I've been bad", "I've been caught", and/or "I've done a foolish thing" (Navarro). This is yet another nonverbal signal which is displayed completely within context. Strzok DID get caught - and he was critical of three presidential candidates.

Be cautious, so as not to confuse a Loose Tongue Jut with a Tight Tongue Jut or a Wide Open Tongue Jut - all of which have completely different meanings.


At 2:04, just after Peter Strzok says, "... I understand that my sworn testimony will not be enough for some people" - Strzok's attorney, Aitan Goelman, sitting behind him and a bit to his left can be seen suddenly covering his mouth. This is a loud and clear indicator that Mr. Goelman did not want Mr. Strzok to say this.


During his statement, "This investigation is not politically motivated" (3:46 - 3:48). Peter Strzok displays what is known as a Self-Righteous Head Wiggle (aka High-Confidence Head Wiggle).

A Self-Righteous Head Wiggle (SRHW) is a side-to-side, relatively rapid oscillation of the head and neck. It's often simultaneous with a similar movement of the torso. Sometimes the SRHW will be very short-lived (a near-microexpression) - however, as in this example, it can be of longer duration.

The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle is commonly expressed behavior in people during hyper-alpha moments - expressing especially high confidence and particularly strong opinions.

The SRHW is initiated subconsciously. It's constructive to think of it as a variety of nonverbal swagger. This body language is also strongly correlative with a person who is being truthful.

It's also important to note that the motions of an SRHW are impossible to represent with a still image - please watch the video to fully appreciate the dynamics of this behavior. 

SUMMARY: Upon detailed nonverbal analysis of the video segment included here, Peter Strzok is being sincere. More specifically, at no time was Mr. Strzok being deceptive. The FBI Deputy Assistant Director is telling the truth.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3949 (Re-posting): Donald Trump Shoves Montenegro's PM Dusko Markovic at NATO Summit

Body Language Analysis No. 4318: Jim Jordan regarding Allegations of Ignoring Knowledge of Sexual Abuse at Ohio State

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4314: Donald Trump, The Supreme Court, Abortion, and Punishment

Body Language Analysis No. 4299: Bill Clinton confronted regarding Monica Lewinsky Affair

Body Language Analysis No. 4295: Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos, and Red Flags

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3381: Ariana Grande, Flirtatious Body Language and the American Music Awards

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. 4199: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, and their Mission Impossible Helicopter Stunt


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