Sunday, March 9, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2746: John Kerry and Hugh Robertson - Eye Rub, Mouth Covering - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

This image shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Hugh Robertson at a meeting in Rome, Italy on 6 March 2014, during the Conference on International Support for Libya. John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also spoke in depth about the crisis in Ukraine.

Secretary Kerry is displaying a bilateral eye rub. While this of course can be performed when one is tired or suffering from allergies, by far and away the most common reason a person rubs both eyes simultaneously - it is a signal of emotional processing. This lets us know that that the person configured in this body language has an intellect that knows what has/is/must/will transpire - yet their emotional mind is still grappling and coming to terms.

Minister Robertson shows a nonverbal cluster of intertwined fingers, clenched hands in front of mouth, thumbs in front of mouth and touching nose, gaze down to his right, shoulders and neck forward, shoulders hunched and neck retracted (Turtle Neck aka Turtle Retreat), one (right) eyebrow raised. This cluster-context indicates that Hugh Robertson has a very low degree of confidence/low emotional comfort, high anxiety and a high level of incredulity towards that whatever proposal(s) being discussed will succeed.

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