Monday, January 19, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3075: Franklin Graham (Billy Graham's son) Blasts Duke University for Muslim "Call to Prayer" (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Franklin Graham (Billy Graham's son) is featured in the above video rendering his opinion regarding the recent Duke University announcement that they would allow Muslim "Call to Prayer" (for which they have since backtracked on due to security threats).

The three-minute weekly call known as the "Adhan" was to have been broadcasted from the Chapel Bell Tower. Muslim students have been holding payer in the same Chapel's basement for years.

Several times during this video (e.g. Best here exampled during 0:06-0:10, but also during 0:54-0:57, 1:08, 1:37-1:39, 2:01-2:02, 2:07-2:09 and 2:16-2:17 ), Franklin Graham displays examples of what in body language parlance is known as a "Self-Righteous Head Wiggle" (SRHW). A self-righteous head wiggle may be very brief - thus a microexpression or near-microexpressions - yet also lasting to several seconds. While not absolute this nonverbal is usually seen in clusters depending on the length of the conversation. The SRHW is comprised of a rapid side-to-side movement of the head & neck that is high frequency and usually with a mild-to-moderate amplitude.  The SRHW is displayed by a person who is an alpha personality, highly confident, with strong opinions and a self-assured emotional tones and smugness who also believes they are a relative alpha or authority figure.

This body language can only be accurately/best appreciated in the dynamic context of a video (or  a real-time event) rather than still images.

Although the primary movement is a side-to-side wiggle, an additional backwards movement and even a forward vectoring can often also be seen. The backwards movement is often accompanied by nonverbals of disgust, contempt and/or incredulity (and it tends to be seen with larger audiences) - while the forward movement is often clustered with additional emotion signals of arrogance and condescension (and is often being spoken to even lower subordinates and in smaller audiences [and even one-on-one]).

It's extremely common to see an increase in vocal frequency (pitch), volume and speaking speed simultaneous with the SRHW. Similar movements can also be seen involving (or even primarily with) the jaw, torso and even the entire body.

The self-righteous head wiggle is seen very commonly in very traditional settings and/or where hierarchical thinking is prevalent.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2398:  Self Righteous Head Wiggle, Alpha Behavior &  First Drone Flight Off of an Aircraft Carrier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2561: President Obama's Self-Righteous Jaw Wiggle

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2102:  The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle and the  Conventional Steeple vs.Basketball Steeple

Nonverbal Communication Intelligence No. 2113:  Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, the U.S. and the  Self-Righteous Head Wiggle

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2339:  Alpha, Beta, Body Language & Rapport Destroyers

Negotiation Body Language Secret No. 345:  Dialing Up Her Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2440:  Vladimir Putin Dials Up His Alpha ... Foot Position, Projecting Leadership,  Confidence & Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2539: Calvin Johnson, the Index Finger and Alpha Behavior - A Body Language Tell of Mobile Phones