Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2436:
Vladimir Putin next to Barack Obama -
G8 Body Language (Video, Photo)

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama of course conducted discussions recently at the G8 Meeting in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Their nonverbal language speaks volumes. In the above image (from the very end of the video below) after the end of a press conference with his American counterpart, Vladimir shows several emotions at once.

His jaw is clenched tightly which is a clear display of Anger. This is evidenced by the dimpling of his chin as well as the presence of a particular variety of "Inward Lip Roll" (ILR). When an inward lip roll occurs in a more isolated emotional context, the lips roll in more (because the jaw is slightly open) and it looks as if both the upper and lower lips are being bitten down on. When the jaw is clenched however, the area just below the lower lip and just above the upper lip - bulge outwards. This nonverbal variant (Peri-Lip Bulge) occurs because with the teeth together there is no place left for the tissue to go - thus it bunches up.

The ILR signifies the psyche's attempt at suppressing an outward display and an inward crescendo of significant levels emotion - and here that emotion is Anger.

The upward directed right corner of Putin's mouth as well as the "tucked-in" appearance of both right and left corner of his moth shows us that Mr. Putin has significant Regret and is also quite Frustrated.

Putin's particular combination (aka body language cluster) of facial nonverbals will evoke anxiety and mirrored frustration in most everyone who witness it. How often do you make this facial expression without realizing it nor its ramifications?

What other very significant body language do you see in this video?

See also:

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2247:  Barack Obama's Body Language on Meet the Press "That was the worst day of my Presidency"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2371:  Barack Obama & Anger in the Rose Garden -  POTUS's Body Language & the Gun Laws

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2312:  Bruce Willis' Body Language -  Contempt vs. Suppressed Smile vs.  Pseudo Smile vs. Sincere Smile

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 531:  Sarkozy's Mouth Tells Us What He's Feeling

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2191:  Anne Hathaway's Impersonation of Katie Holmes on SNL -  "Norming" Katie and Variations on a Theme

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2433:  Vladimir Putin & David Cameron Disagree on Syria -  A Body Language Evaluation of Russian Leader