Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2524:
Jay Carney, Navy Yard Shooting and "The New Normal"
Emotion and Thought Disparity of the Exaggerated Pout

During a press conference earlier today, Jay Carney answered questions about the Washington D.C. Navy Yard Shooting. At 0:36 for about a second, Carney displays an "Exaggerated Pout" after being asked by a reporter if President Obama believes mass killings in America are a "new normal". This expression lasted for about one second (thus longer than a microexpression, yet still short-lived).

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

The body language of an exaggerated pout is a way of saying, "Isn't it obvious?", "This should be clear to everybody" or "We hold these truths to be self-evident". It's also nonverbal signal of a recognition that a disparity of opinions, actions or plans exist where the words themselves very often down-play or even fail to acknowledge such differences exist.

At 0:36 Carney displays the "Exaggerated Pout". This nonverbal is often accompanied by a shoulder shrug (e.g., 0:33 - 0:34), an elevation of the eyebrows and co-contraction of the forehead muscles (e.g., 0:27) and/or a palms turned up illustrator (gesture).

This disparity between his earlier thoughts and words is further evidenced by this expression of disgust (at 0:52 as he said, "...beginning...").

Further congruency with the earlier clandestine disagreement of the exaggerated pout is shown here - by a considerably less dramatic but longer lasting facial nonverbal expression of contempt at 1:03 - 1:05 as the White House Press Secretary says, "... listen to the voices of their constituents ..."

The exaggerated pout is a form of subconscious over-compensatory melodrama which should make you aware of these differences between what is being said (and often is minimized or not even mentioned) and what is being thought and experienced emotionally.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2512:  Matthew Cordle's YouTube Confession  and the Death of Vincent Canzani  "I Killed a Man" - What His Body Language Tells Us ...  It's NOT what you think!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2228:  Jay Carney's Body Language -  Contempt disguised as a Sniff ....  for Republicans' Solutions to the Fiscal Cliff

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2391:  Jay Carney re: Hillary Clinton and Benghazi -  Microexpressions and More

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2282:  Jay Carney and the Dominant Spider - White House Press Secretary's Body Language re:  National Labor Relations Board Vacancies

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2507:  Secretary of State Kerry's Disgust, An Oft Overlooked and Camouflaged Body Language Signal 

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1496:  Tiger Woods' Disgust & Biofeedback 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2050:  George Zimmerman's Interview on Fox -  Microexpression of Contempt and  Duping Delight

Negotiation Secret # 25: Silvio Berlosconi and the Exaggerated Pout