Thursday, January 11, 2024

Body Language Analysis No. 4728: Donald Trump is displaying Fear – Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence

The above image was captured on January 6th 2024 in Newton, Iowa – three years to the day after the insurrection. 

It demonstrates an expression that Trump displays relatively rarely – and in light of his legal troubles, its evaluation is particularly important.

Note Trump's jaw is extended forward. This is a manifestation of an Adrenaline Surge (which, in isolation, could indicate a number of different thought-feelings – but read on for the full analysis).

This jaw jutting is photographically highlighted by the evanescent empty space/temporary cavity behind Trump's jaw and below his ear (tissue stretching forward). The shading from the angle of the light in this moment makes it especially easy to see.

Next look at Trump's mouth – the corners are pulled laterally w/ an additional downward vectoring. Due to the angle of this image, we're unable to evaluate the symmetry of this dynamic, however it appears to be more prominent on his left.

This is a mouth expression indicative of fear.

Now observe the direction of Trump's gaze. He's looking down to his right. Although there could very well be an unrelated and valid reason to otherwise look in this direction, it's also the quadrant we tend to look toward during highly emotional moments.

Crucially, pay close attention to Trump's neck. Although he's not a thin individual (making it more difficult to visualize), we can see his neck muscles (sternocleidomastoids ['ropy' muscles] and his platysma [nearly thin paper-thin muscle just below neck skin] TIGHTEN).

This dynamic is a 'Neck of Fear'.

SUMMARY: This expression of Donald Trump is highly-indicative of FEAR, particularly his:

• Neck of Fear
• Mouth of Fear
• Jaw Jut

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Body Language Analysis No. 4727: Dan Scavino's default expressions – Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence

When a person wants to look important but they have low confidence – they'll often adopt a facial expression involving widely open eyes (eyelids).

Another common default in those who lack self-confidence, but who want to appear the opposite is a facial expression of a seemingly constant elevated forehead. 

This usually (but not always) primarily involves the central forehead. A look of concentration, concern, or pseudo-deep-thought often accompany their elevated central forehead.

Think of the guy in the gym or at the bar who's trying to look important. 

And sometimes you'll even see both of these components – widely opened eyes simultaneous with an elevated forehead.

Those who lack confidence in themselves but who want so deeply to be thought of as important are dangerous – because they'll do just about anything to belong to the cool-kids club.


Monday, January 8, 2024

Body Language Analysis No. 4727: Donald Trump deception – claiming to "put America first" – Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence


The above video clip is from Trump's appearance in Clinton, Iowa on January 6th 2024 – three years to the day after his attempt at insurrection. What follows is a body language analysis of crucial tells Trump displayed during this segment.

Note that just after the video begins (0:01), we see a brief display of what is known as a Loose Tongue Jut – a nonverbal signal of:

• Deception
• "I just said/about to say a stupid thing"
• "I've been/about to be caught"
• "I've been bad"

Be careful not to confuse a Loose Tongue Jut with a Tight Tongue Jut or a Wide Open Tongue Jut – as these indicate completely different thought-emotions. 

Then Trump says (0:1 - 0:4), "Unlike every other candidate in this race, with me you know, ..."

As he says this Trump twists his torso several times. In this context, this twisting is indicative of anxiety associated with Deception.

As you rewatch this video segment, please recall the expressions: "Twisting yourself into a pretzel", "Twisting the Truth", "Twisted Lies", etc. 

Note also, that whilst he's twisting his torso, Trump also displays a facial expression indicating an amalgam of both Contempt and Disgust.

Then Trump continues, "... in your heart, that I will always put America first – which I will, I think I've proven that...". Note that just after Trump says, "first", he shrugs (0:07) with both shoulders (more pronounced on his right [because that shoulder is lower due to his turn/twisted torso]).

Whenever Shoulder Shrugging should never be seen when a person is making a declarative statement ("...I will always put America first ..."), you know that they don't believe whatever they just said/are saying. 

This is also a good example of the verbal language disagreeing with the nonverbal language – in such cases, it's the nonverbal message that speaks the truth.

Did you notice Trump's eye closure during his shoulder shrugging? This signals yet another signal of lying – momentary lack of eye contact during the lie.

A second later is a great example of a Statement Analysis tell – with Trump's use of "I think I've proven that" (rather than "I've proven that" or "I know I've proven that") a hedging statement which betrays his low confidence and deception.

SUMMARY: In this 9 second clip, we see Donald Trump display 4 nonverbal signals/supportive signals and one verbal (statement analysis) sign of Deception – as well as his display of Contempt and Disgust.

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