Friday, October 18, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2561: President Obama's Self-Righteous Jaw Wiggle (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

At 1:43 - 1:44 in the above video, President Obama displays a superb example of a very high confidence nonverbal display - that of the "Self-Righteous Jaw Wiggle" (SRJW). Rarely seen in isolation, it usually is a minor component of the much more common "Self-Righteous Head Wiggle" and/or "Self-Righteous Torso Wiggle".

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

The self-righteous jaw wiggle display involves a side-to-side movement of the mandible which is usually of moderate frequency. This high alpha signal is very often accompanied by a significant definitive verbal statement. It is made by individuals who believe they have power over those to whom they speak. As with all high confidence signals, its over-use will destroy rapport. This is difficult as this body language is essentially 100% subconsciously initiated.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2464:  Gen. Martin Dempsey (Chairman U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff) Sen. John McCain and The Self-Righteous Torso Wiggle Body Language on Capitol Hill

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2102:  The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle and the  Conventional Steeple vs.Basketball Steeple

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2506:  Barack Obama, the Self-Righteous Head Wiggle and  Retaliation Against Syrian Poison Gas Attack

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2398:  Self Righteous Head Wiggle, Alpha Behavior &  First Drone Flight Off of an Aircraft Carrier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2148:  Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan and the "Self-Righteous Head Wiggle" in the Vice Presidential Debate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2426:  Remembering Ronald Reagan, "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall" Body Language at the Brandenburg Gate

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1552:  The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle &  The Buffett Rule