Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2169:
President Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager
Stephanie Cutter, Causes of Blushing & -
Blushing in the Neck and Peri-Sternal Region ....

Stephanie Cutter is Barack Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager. She appears in the above video as part of an interview today with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week"

Skip ahead to the 5:19 mark. A noteworthy nonverbal here is Ms. Cutter's tendency to blush dramatically on her neck and below this - in her sternum and upper peri-sternal area (ABC's banner obscures part of this). Of course, she's not the only one who manifests this phenomenon of non-facial blushing. Moreover, many think that facial blushing is a body language which is unique to embarrassment - but other emotional states which may bring on blushing (facial or extra-facial) include anxiety, anger as well as an outward manifestation of romance and being truly love-struck or other romantic scenarios and are the result of a temporarily increase in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. Ms. Cutter routinely demonstrates this tendency to blush in her neck and upper peri-sternal area. No doubt most or all of this arises from the anxiety of being on television and in the national spotlight. While blushing in this area is somewhat atypical, it is certainly not rare. Careful attention to this body language signal will tell you the true temperature of someone's emotional state and give you a strategic advantage.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2159: Tom Hanks drops the F-bomb on GMA - Body Language of Fear, Surprise, MAPs and a Bitter Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2122: Eyes White and Wide - Three Body Language Examples with Two Different Emotional Causes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1829: Dara Torres Interview with Piers Morgan - Embarrassment, Visual Recall, Sexual Anticipation Lip Biting & Sincerity Quotients

Nonverbal Communication Intelligence Quiz # 2118: Princess Kate's Subtle Emotions - What do YOU see?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2095: Canoodling with the Weather Girl

Romance, Marriage and Dating Body Language Secret # 737: Cuddling with your Feet

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2086: Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Love and Sincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2161: Body Language of the Third Presidential Debate - Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - What Did They Do With Their Hands When They Weren't Talking?