Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2947: Governor Rick Perry - Beta Body Language (PHOTOS)

During a recent business leader's luncheon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Texas Governor Rick Perry answered some questions - here one regarding his indictment on two felony charges of abuse of power.

His very thinned and horizontal configured lips along with a clenched jaw, wide opened eyelids and flared nostrils comprise a strong nonverbal cluster indicative of anger. 

His shrug is of course, a universal emblem indicating - either: "I don't know", "I don't care" or "What does it matter?". The interesting thing about this particular shrug is that Governor Perry is primarily a very alpha male, yet this is a very demure and beta shrug. Both upper arms and both forearms are held quite close to his torso - indicating low confidence and very low emotional comfort.

This is a body language configuration that any leader, male or female, should NEVER adopt - particularly a governor or presidential candidate. It projects weakness and anxiety. Given the context and the nature of the question he's answering, it also means Governor Perry's is sincerely worried about the felony charges. Knowing when and how to nuance alpha and beta body language is crucial in projecting strength and building rapport - just as learning to recognizing such nonverbals will allow you to peer into others' hearts and minds.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2946: Barack Obama's 10 September 2014 ISIS Speech - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2945: Roger Goodell's Interview regarding Ray Rice - Denies NFL saw Video before Monday

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2641: John McCain with Protesters in Kiev, Ukraine - You Feel Safe There?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2925: Governor Rick Perry's Mug Shot - What Emotions are Present? - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2583: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle - Is Your Cell Phone Being Tapped?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 346:  Rick Perry Forgets:  8 Republican Presidential Hopefuls Debate in Detroit -  60 seconds of Oops, Body Language and Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2769: Smiling Out of Context in a Mass Shooter - T.J. Lane's Body Language