Thursday, March 14, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2333:
Sen. Rand Paul at 2013 CPAC -
Body Language & variations on the Lip Purse

Senator Rand Paul gave a speech recently at the 2013 CPAC meeting, part of which is included in this video . During multiple occasions in the above edited video (e.g. at 0:30 - 0:31, 1:13 - 1:14 & 1:37 - 1:38) the junior Senator from Kentucky displays variations on the nonverbal known as the "Lip Purse". A lip purse is a highly reliable signal of clandestine disagreement and/or partial disclosure of one's facts and/or intent. It is displayed by someone who feels they have relative power and their lack of full disclosure is coupled with a plan. Only relative-alphas (which is also context-dependent) display the lip purse - thus it signals their belief that they also have the resources and the power to execute their plan/idea.

At 0:30 - 0:31, Senator Paul's lip purse is mildly to moderately tight (note the thinned upper lip) - which along with clandestine withholding of information also signifies an anger component.

At 1:13 - 1:14. This is standard lip purse.

At 1:37 - 1:38. Paul's lip purse is tightened as well - only here he is trying to suppress laughter. The laughter component is easily seen when watching the video.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2072:  Jay Carney's Lip Purse while NOT commenting on  Mitt Romney's Visits to the U.K., Israel and Poland

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1055:  Tom Brady's Very Subtle Lip Purse

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2216:  Senator Jim DeMint's Body Language -  Lip Purse, Suppressed Smile, Duping Delight & Retiring Early

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 4949:  Colin Kaepernick's Body Language of  Clandestine Disagreement at Press Conference

Negotiation Secret # 9: Nancy Pelosi's Dramatic Lip Purse

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2265:  Ryan Gosling pulls a woman from audience on Conan -  His Classic Body Language Tell

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2088:  McKayla Maroney's Expression - Everyone Got it Wrong  2012 Olympic Vault Silver Medalist