Sunday, May 20, 2012

Nonverbal Analysis # 1820:
What Causes David Beckham's Greater Anxiety -
Barack Obama Teasing Him About His Age or His Underwear?

It has long been a tradition that U.S. Presidents honor sports champions and teams - and Barack Obama is no exception. In this video he honors the Los Angeles Galaxy and their senior footballer, David Beckham

Notice that when the President pokes fun at Beckham's age, David reaches up with his left hand and scratches the right side of his face with his thumb. There is no similar body language display a moment later when Obama teases him about selling & posing in his underwear

The number one reason people touch their faces is anxiety. Not a rash, not an allergy or an errant nasal hair - but anxiety. In body language parlance, this is but one example of a MAP (Manipulators, Adaptors or Pacifiers). Beckham, despite being one of the most recognizable and photographed athletes in the World - and very accustomed to high profile appearances with his superstar wife, Victoria Adams (aka Posh Spice) - is of course, still human. Moreover, Beckham reached across his body with the opposite hand/arm - thus exhibiting a momentary blocking nonverbal, signaling to us some insecurity about his advancing age.

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