Saturday, February 2, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2289:
Sen. Lindsey Graham grills Chuck Hagel -
Body Language at Senate Confirmation Hearings

Chuck Hagel, nominated for Secretary of Defense by President Obama, sat through some uncomfortable Senate confirmation hearings earlier this week. Many think his to be a surprising nomination since the former U.S. Senator from Nebraska is a republican. And many find it particularly ironic that his former republican colleagues are grilling him so strongly. Could this interrogation be feigned? Hmmm.

In the above video, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) scolded Sen. Hagel for not signing a support letter addressed to Israel during the Second Intifada. At the 1:16 mark note the South Carolina republican displays a "Lizard Tongue" aka "Tongue Jut" with an extended blink. This particular body language is a form of a Manipulator, Adaptor or Pacifier (MAP) and in the above context this tongue nonverbal indicates that Graham believes what he (Graham) just said was foolish or wrong (not necessarily with respect to Israel, but most likely how he verbally assaulted Hagel).

Other body language that's noteworthy here are Graham's multiple handling/adjustments of the letter, the microphone and then the arm of his chair (from 0:58 - 1:16). These are MAP-surrogate nonverbal actions and indicate significant anxiety as Graham amps himself up in order to make another caustic statement.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Secret # 48: A Lizard Tongue gives us a Great Glimpse into  Katie Holmes' Psyche

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1482: George Clooney's Lizard Tongue (Tongue Jut)

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1824:  Mexico's New President has a Poor Poker Face -  Enrique Peña Nieto

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2033:  Lie Detection, Sergey Lavrov and Syria

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2195:  Sen. John McCain's Body Language when  Comparisons made between  Condoleezza Rice to Susan Rice &  War with Iraq to Benghazi, Libya Attack

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2078:  Mitt Romney's Taxes and Harry Reid's Accusations

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2144:  President Obama's Body Language Tell -  Rescuing Big Bird (with help from another bird) &  Elmo's making a run for the border in a White Suburban