Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1151:
Xi Jinping's Subtle Pursed Lips

This is Xi Jinping, the Vice President of the People's Republic of China. In addition, he's the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China and the heir apparent to this Eastern Super Power's Presidency (currently occupied by Hu Jintao). He's also happening to currently be visiting the United States.

These three images were all taken on 14 February 2012, and are excellent examples of subtle Lip Pursing. Lip pursing is a strong signal that a person disagrees with what he/she is hearing or seeing. It also is a sign they have an alternative idea/plan that is superior to yours - or at least they think so. It's nearly always an expression made by a person who is in a position of relative power (or at least believes so) - i.e. there are subordinates (or perceived subordinates) present and he's passing judgement on what he is witnessing. Interestingly, the vast majority of the time, the person displaying this very reliable body language tell, will NOT verbally express any disagreement. Indeed, very typically he/she will be polite and affirming what is being said/proposed.

In summary, pursed lips are a signal of clandestine disagreement made by a person who is or perceives himself to be in a (relative) power position and who also believes their idea is superior - and they plan to implement it. They'll usually have the resources and experience pull it off.

This is a nonverbal sign which is displayed by an alpha personality on perceived "weaker-alpha's" or beta personalities. It is highly reliable. DO NOT IGNORE IT. 

President Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Congress, et. al. - take heed. Xi Jinping is going to be the next President of China .... and he's got some plans.