Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3122: Lebanese TV Host Rima Karaki Cuts Short London-Based Islamist's (Hani Al-Seba'i) Interview following Insolent Remarks - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

When Hani Al-Seba'i said to Rima Karaki to "shut up" in the midst of an Al-Jadeed TV interview - she told him the interview was over and then cut off the microphone of the London-based Islamist.

From a nonverbal perspective, during much of this first third of this interview Hani Al Seba’i displays a conventional steeple at mid-level (in front of his chest). Later, before he returns to this body language signal again he proceeded to display a repeated index finger point at the camera.

Index finger pointing is a universally offensive illustrator (gesture) across all cultures. And the conventional steeple, when displayed for a second or two (but no longer) during a one key moment of a conversation (or interview) to drive home a particularly important issue - can be a precise alpha-assertive tool. However most everyone who uses a conventional steeple - over-uses it. Way over-use it. Thus, what had the potential to be skilled nonverbal moment backfires and not only destroys rapport, but helps to feed the appetite of his anger - escalating it until he tells Ms. Karaki to "shut up". Arrogant, patronizing and condescending nonverbals lead to an up-regulation in these same emotions - feeding the monster.

Another profound take-home point is this: No one, absolutely no one who uses a conventional steeple or index finger pointing has an open mind. At such moments they are absolutely closed.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 3121: Barack Obama and George W. Bush at the 50th Anniversary of the First Selma-to-Montgomery March

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2809: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Kim Myers - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2910: Becky Hammon, First Female Full-Time NBA Assistant Basketball Coach and an Under-used Body Language Illustrator