Saturday, February 18, 2012

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1153:
President Obama's Tongue in Cheek

United States President Barack Obama displays a fantastic example of the "Tongue-in-Cheek" nonverbal in this image. Like all body language, this signal has different meanings depending on what other signs with which it is clustered. In this specific body language context - particularly the concomitant configurations of his mouth, eyes and forehead - it has the meaning of "I gotcha" or a self-righteous, "I know I'm correct and I've just won 'The Game'. " It is not uncommon to see someone make this expression, betraying their true emotions & thoughts - and yet their words would lead you down another path. When the verbal and nonverbal are in disparity - always believe the nonverbal.

President Obama made this facial expression as he joked about his birth certificate. Even though this expression is made in a context of a joke, the President feels that he has "one-upped" the Birthers.