Thursday, August 15, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2491:
President Obama's Reaction to Egypt Military's
Massive Killing of Protesters -
Beta Body Language
Where Alpha Had Been Barack's Baseline Behavior

This morning Barack Obama spoke of the tragic and massive massacring of hundreds of Egyptian civilians (protesters) by their own military as well as the overlying problems of the Egyptian government in transition. Throughout a large fraction of this speech, the President placed one hand over the other on the lectern. This nonverbal MAP pattern (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) signifies a relatively dramatic departure from Commander in Chief's "Norm" - (normal baseline behavior) compared with the vast majority of his speeches.

Note: The original video has, since the original post, been removed from its online source. The images below however, were captured from this video

This hand on hand body language display is similar in meaning to a fig leaf configuration, although not quite as beta in magnitude. It is significant for low comfort and lower confidence about his position on Egypt. The President is experiencing emotional dissonance between what he is saying and what he is feeling. If Mr. Obama felt a high amount of confidence in his complete position regarding Egypt, his gestures would not have been so passive. This nonverbal display of "my hands are tied" is indicative of the President's emotional conflict between what he feels is right for the innocent Egyptian victims and what is strategically important for America's national interest. In short, the President feels in his heart he should/could do more, but this is against his political judgment.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2485:  Barack Obama on Next Federal Reserve Chairman -  Anger, Disgust, Regret and Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Test No. 2465:  Barack Obama's Comments on  Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman Body Language & Sincerity

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1153:  President Obama's Tongue in Cheek

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2342:  Barack Obama at Jerusalem Convention Center in Israel  What the President's Body Language Says to a Heckler

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2436:  Vladimir Putin next to Barack Obama -  G8 Body Language

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 926:  When Not to Ask for the Sale

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 ...