Friday, October 11, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2554: Harry Reid's Body Language Lets Us Know What He's Thinking - Short Term Debt Limit Hike (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

While it looks as if short term debt relief hike appears possible, Senator Harry Reid (D - NV) lets us peak into his psyche a bit via his body language in this short video. What follows is a transcript and a (partial) nonverbal analysis of this encounter.

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

Reporter: "Would you accept a short-term deal to increase the debt limit?"

Senator Reid: "Pardon me?"

Reporter: "Would you accept a short-term deal to increase the debt?"

Reid: "We are going to look at anything they send us, ah, in the last, ah, even coming out of this meeting, outta coming out of this meeting, a few emails, ah .....(Tongue in Cheek nonverbal at 0:17) they've changed it, these .... (Incredulity expression at 0:19) the last we got on how much time they want on, ah .... (Duping Delight at 0:23), debt limit. So I mean let's just wait and see because there's some rumors they want it tied to the C.R. We'll just wait and see. Because they cannot decide what they want."

In this image (at 0:17 just after he says, "... a few emails, ah ...") Senator Reid displays a "Tongue in Cheek" nonverbal. This expression has various meanings depending on the other nonverbals with which it is clustered. It betrays his psyche and his desire to smile. This subconscious action will suppress - to a varying degree - the temptation to smile. Thus here the "Tongue in Cheek" can be thought of a form of or a harbinger of "Duping Delight" (I just won, I gotcha, etc.)

Here Senator Reid displays a classic (but partial) facial expression of incredulity. Note his right hand is simultaneously gesturing upwards as well.

This expression was captured at the 0:19 mark just after the Senate Majority Leader says, "... they've changed it, these ..."

In this moment (best viewed in the dynamic context of the video) shows Harry Reid suppressing a smile in a classic and beautiful example of what Dr. Paul Ekman coined "Duping Delight".

Within these seven seconds Harry Reid's body language telegraphs to us that he feels as if the Democrats have gained the upper hand in the attempt to solve the government shut-down and avoid the U.S. defaulting on its dept.

See also:

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

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

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

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2085:  Dina Eastwood - Tongue-in-Cheek Variant

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2497:  Steve Carell, Graham Norton and  Duping Delight Microexpression, Reminiscing about the Chest Waxing Scene from  The 40 Year Old Virgin

Negotiation Secret # 140:  Duping Delight Microexpression

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2236:  John Boehner & the Fiscal Cliff Plan B Failure - Body Language of Duping Delight 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2411:  Zimmerman's Attorney, Mark O'Mara's -  Body Language Faux Pas in Court 

Negotiation Secret # 72 & 73: Christine Lagarde's Disgust & Incredulity 

Negotiation Secret # 335 & 353: Incredulous with Contempt - Amanda Knox Redux 

Negotiation Secret # 67: Aleksandar Djorovic's Incredulity Cluster