Friday, April 17, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3157: A Body Language Characteristic of Ed Miliband which makes Him Less-Likable (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

On 7 May 2015, the people of the United Kingdom will have their general election. The video above includes the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, participating in a recent debate with five others vying for Number 10.  What follows is a brief discussion of but one nonverbal sign which the leader of the Labour Party - Ed Miliband, displays far more frequently than the average person (or average politician).

There are many different varieties of an otherwise healthy and symmetrical mouth momentarily taking on asymmetrical configurations. The many nuances differentiating these, as well as the multitude of other body language signals with which they are clustered - can result in a good number of different meanings.

Most politicians have a significantly greater tendency to speak out of one side of their mouth when compared with most people. Those who have this lop-sided pattern will also tend to have an overall lower likability in polling and are also viewed to be less trustworthy.

Some people who speak asymmetrically do so only occasionally - while others display this body language chronically.  The more often a person's mouth moves in such a fashion - the more they also tend to be judged as insincere and of lower confidence.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3156: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2940: David Cameron at NATO Summit - His Thin Lip Grows Thinner

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2409:  David Cameron & Fran├žois Hollande -  Variations on the Hand Chop & Palm Orientation

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2061:  David Cameron Defends London Olympics against  Mitt Romney's Remarks -  Alpha Dominance and Illustrators -  Matching Hands and Feet as Sincerity Amplifiers

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2063:  Mitt Romney and Ed Miliband -  Under Used and Backfiring Uses of Hands

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3053: Giada De Laurentiis, Insincere Smiles and Divorce

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2474:  Mayor Bob Filner's False Smile -  Insincerity, Body Language and San Diego