Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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

During Barack Obama's speech tonight addressing ISIS-ISIL-The Islamic State, the President displayed some subtle and very short-lived expressions of disgust. For anyone familiar with this terrorist organization's actions, and in particular given the President's role, such an emotion is very expected and normal for the context.

During the 0:35 mark just after the President says, " ... Now let's make two things clear ....", he displays disgust as manifested by mild bilateral nostril flaring, accentuated nasal labial furrows as well as tightening of the mustache area, a very slight upward vectoring and protrusion of his lips. It's important to note that this is not a fully manifested example of disgust.

While eyelid involvement is not a required component of the disgust nonverbal - their partial closure does act as an amplifier of this emotion.

Once again, during the 0:38 mark, just after the President says, "... ISIL is not Islamic ...", he again displays contempt.

Both of these examples are subtle and evanescent - and thus are particularly difficult to catch in "real-time". How adept are you in spotting moderate or mild nonverbals? For it is such a profound skill that it will give you a dramatic advantage.

What other body language do you see in this video? Did you catch the microexpression of contempt?

See also:

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