Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2510:
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, "Stop and Frisk" Policy &
Tongue in Cheek Body Language

Ray Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner was recently on "Face the Nation". In the video interview included above he spoke about the city's controversial "Stop and Frisk" policy. At the 3:56 mark he begins, "...We just had a 'Center for Disease Control' study come out that said, 'New York City has the lowest ratio of teenagers carrying guns than any city in ah, in America ... so....' "

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

Just after he says, "", during the 4:08 mark, Kelly displays a classic "Tongue and Cheek" body language. This expression can have several different meanings depending on the other nonverbals with which it is clustered. In this context it indicates an alpha level of confidence, a smugness, "I just won", "I just caught you" or gotcha emotional tone.

Though none are present here, in other body language context-clusters it can signify an attempt at self-soothing associated with anxiety, deception, anger and even sexual provocativeness.

Do you know how to differentiate these subtypes?

Although many don't necessarily think of it as such, the tongue-in-cheek display is a specialized variation of self-touching or MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) body language and is 99.9% of the time it is initiated and used subconsciously.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2233:  Body Language, President Obama, 20 Children  and the Tongue-in-Cheek

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2434:  Brad Pitt's Tongue-in-Cheek regarding  Reasons for Choosing to Work on "World War Z"

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1153:  President Obama's Tongue in Cheek and the "Birthers"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2352:  Mila Kunis' Tongue in Cheek  Graham Norton Part II

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2215:  Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio Joke and Hint regarding the  2016 Presidential Race - "Tongue-in-Cheek" Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1892:  Harry Reid, "That's a Clown Question Bro!" -  Tongue in Cheek 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2462:  Rachel Jeantel responds to Critique of Juror  George Zimmerman vs. State of Florida  Tongue in Cheek Body Language