Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2253:
Governor Chris Christie's Rant, his Body Language and a
Highly Reliable Sign of Anger - and....

Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie placed the blame for the - at least 66 day delay in disaster relief for victims of Hurricane-Super Storm Sandy squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. House of Representatives majority party - the republicans - and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner. In his rant he said, "There's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: The House majority and their speaker John Boehner ..." 

Christie also said, "I think, unfortunately, folks are putting politics ahead of their responsibilities," he said. "It's absolutely disgraceful... It's why the American people hate Congress." as well as using adjectives such as "unprecedented" and "outrageous". 

At the 2:16 mark in the video above (and imaged below), Governor Christie displayed a classic and highly reliable signal of anger - lip compression. This particular thinning of his lips (not to be confused with the "Inward Lip Roll") occurs very briefly - almost as short-lived as a microexpression.

Emotions don't always exist in isolation. Not surprisingly, there is another nonverbal signal (indicating another thought-emotion) exemplified in the image below. It's also quite subtle. Can you spot it? What emotion does it betray?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2172: Governor Chris Christie's Body Language of Contempt -  Microexpressions and Subtle Displays

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2100: Ann Romney's and Gov. Chris Christie's Body Language at  GOP Convention - My Guest Commentary on NPR - KPCC Southern California Public Radio  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2174: President Obama, Hurricane Sandy, Body Language and Thumbs Backwards Arms Akimbo

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2222: Corey Booker's Body Language Indicates that  He does NOT want to Run for Governor of New Jersey

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1859: Prince William's Body Language shows Anger at the Queen's Jubilee

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1060: Bill Belichick's Body Language of Anger

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

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1465: Santorum's Anger Eyes - White and Wide  Confrontation with Jeff Zeleny of  The New York Times