Friday, December 2, 2011

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 391:
Hillary Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi

U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is show here hugging Myanmar's (Burma's) pro-democracy opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Burmese leader is the winner of numerous awards including the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. Although the two women have not known each other very long, their new friendship is quite sincere. Three classic signals of a truly affectionate hug are clearly demonstrated in this image: head touching, eye closure and full contact with the palms of their hands. A sincere embrace is very difficult to fake, and friendship among leaders is all too rare.