Friday, January 13, 2012

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 882:
Bashar al-Assad's Chronic Insincerity

Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria, displays in this video a great nonverbal example of insincerity. Whenever the central forehead muscle is contracted (furrowed) - two sincere emotions should immediately spring to mind: physical pain and emotional pain. These emotions may be either directly experienced or felt indirectly via empathy. In these cases there should also always be displayed the corresponding and congruent nonverbals of the mouth for sadness, pain or even fear. In other words, a forehead that is expressing sadness, pain or empathy for others should have a mouth that matches these emotions. But if an emotionally neutral mouth or smile occurs with the central forehead contraction  (even a subtle or very brief smile) this is incongruent with pain-sadness-fear empathy or physical/emotional pain. Al-Assad displays this particular facial incongruity throughout this video and many others.

Beware of those who are often or continuously insincere - particularly when they are "significant others", employers, business partners, "leaders" or .... heads-of-state.