Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2060:
Tony Blair's Seated Crotch Display of Dominance

Tony Blair, a previous Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is a typical alpha male. And like most alpha males, his default is to display his dominance. In this interview, he is driving home the importance of maintaining strong and persistent international pressure on Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Government (Tony Blair is special envoy to the Middle East for the "Quartet on the Middle East" - United Nations, Russia, The United States and The European Union). During the 0:38 - 0:44 segment, when the camera pans out, Blair's extremely widely splayed legs exemplify this dominance and strong belief with this nonverbal.

Men adopt this "seated crotch display" when they are amongst other males, to display their relative alpha status. This holds true whether there is friendship or animosity. It is an extremely common way for a President/Prime Minister/CEO to sit during an interview or high-level meeting. In a business setting, men are nearly universally oblivious that the display of this body language offends most all women. In such settings, it is a strong rapport destroyer. This can also be true for men and women in social settings - and in these scenarios, it is a strong signal of sexual attraction.

See also:

Analysis # 1811: Jamie Dimon - the Day Before the Announcement of  JPMorgan Chase's $2 Billion Loss

Analysis # 401: Male Dominance Display - Faux pas

Analysis # 593: Projecting and Detecting Confidence 

Analysis 1899: Bill Cassidy and "Obama-care" - Letting your Body Language Detract from you Message