Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2212:
Barack Obama warns Bashar al-Assad,
A Body Language Signal of Conviction

Bashar al-Assad has recently directed the moving and mixing of chemical weapons in what is apparently a readying for their use. President Obama, NATO's Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and other leaders, have warned the Syrian President against using these weapons of mass destruction. During the 0:18 - 0:23 segment of the above video, as Barack Obama says, ".... I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command ...." and again when saying, ".... if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons ...." (0:33 - 0:36), he can be seen using the "Finger-up" nonverbal illustrator when warning al-Assad. The use of this specific body language is a very reliable indicator that its user (here Obama) has a high level of conviction and belief to his words. In all settings, when this body language gesture is seen - know that its user means action. This is not an empty threat.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2138: President Obama's Anger During Debate - An Under-Appreciated Body Language Signal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1859: Prince William is Angry at the Queen's Jubilee

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2041: Michelle and Barack Obama, Open Consideration, Tolerance "Smile" and Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2190:  President Obama's Body Language -  Press Conference 14 October 2012 -  Defense of Ambassador Susan Rice

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2168: John Sununu's Comments regarding Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama -  Anger, Anxiety and Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2152: Second Presidential Debate - 16 October 2012 -  Barack Obama's Duping Delight - Benghazi, Libya Attack was an "Act of Terror" - Alpha, Beta, Confidence & Acquiescence ...

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 813: Ask Osama Bin Laden about Appeasement

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2167: Colin Powell Endorses President Obama - Body Language Display of Anxiety, Contempt & the  Self-Righteous Head Wiggle