Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1877:
John Boehner's Open Consideration

This image of Barack Obama and Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) taken at the President's 2012 State of the Union Address, shows Representative Boehner's facial nonverbal reaction to one of Obama's many statements. The particular configuration of Speaker Boehner's mouth is highly consistent with open, sincere and honest consideration. If during a negotiation, a person adopted this (facial) body language, you would know that they were open-minded, and in that moment giving your point-of-view serious consideration. 

Be warned though - for very minor changes (and facial expressions that look very similar to Boehner's) will have completely different meanings.

See also:

Analysis # 151: Dale Junior's Open & Honest Consideration 

Analysis # 1051: The President's Handshake Trumps the Speaker's