Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1929:
Recount Demanded in Mexican Presidential Election -
Enrique Peña Nieto vs. Andrés Manuel López Obrador

This is Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He the leader of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution and according to the Mexican Federal Election Institute, he was runner-up in the Presidential election on Sunday to the presumed winner, Enrique Peña Nieto. With vote-buying alleged, López Obrador has formally requested a recount.

In the above image, López Obrador flashes the famous "V for victory" sign. Note the palm must face forward though - for if the back of the hand is facing away, this will have a completely different (and offensive - "Up Yours!") meaning in most countries (however in Germany this back of the hand facing outward variety means victory and in France it indicates peace). In body language parlance, this is an example of an "Emblem" - which is defined as a nonverbal display, which has a meaning which is recognized and acknowledged within a given city, region, nation, culture – or universally (or nearly so –  for in Greece this same “V for victory sign” with palm forward nonverbal means “go to hell”).

López Obrador is consciously making this victory signal. Not so with his mouth however - it is an unconscious nonverbal. Here he displays an "Inward Lip Roll" - with the lips rolled between the teeth and gently bitten. There is nearly always an accompanied mid-face tension, particularly in the "mustache" area above the upper lip and nasal flaring. A coexisting contraction of the jaw muscles is also seen (very obvious here on the candidates left side). Abbreviated as ILR, the internal lip roll is highly consistent with anxiety and very often concomitant anger. In addition, there is an attempt being made to control one's temper. Think of this a red flag that a person's temper is growing shorter.

Whenever one body language display is conscious and another nonverbal is subconscious - the subconscious one always indicates the true emotional tone

See also:

Analysis # 1720:  Critical Evaluation, Disbelief & a Partial Emblematic Slip - Valérie Trierweiler & Francois Hollande

Analysis # 1511:  Hands Held High, Fiero & Oosthuizen - An Albatross at the Masters

Analysis # 1490: Kansas Surrenders

Analysis # 21: A Classic Emblem from Cristiano Ronaldo