Sunday, June 7, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3207: Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis and Body Language (PHOTOS)

Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin later this week at the Vatican. No doubt the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria will be foremost on the Pope's mind. The above image was taken from their last meeting in November 2013.

Putin's facial expression in this moment displays a forehead contraction (across its entire width) together with partially closed upper eyelids. This nonverbal cluster sends signals of arrogance and impatient-dismissal (e.g., a la' Marshawn Lynch, "I'm just here so I don't get fined/more trade sanctions, etc.") - Emotions which Vladimir projects frequently.

Not to be overlooked is Vladimir's lack of hand visibility. In the best case scenario, when the hands are not visible or mostly covered, a person is projecting beta emotions and/or disengaged. In addition, those individuals in the process of lying will (subconsciously) very often keep their hands below the table or otherwise hidden. Those who wish to build rapport and engender trust should keep their hands in view.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3206: Kyrie Irving, NBA Finals, a Broken Knee Cap, Physical Pain & Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3184: Erin Andrews' Eye Roll upon and "Dancing with the Stars" semifinalist Noah Galloway proposing to his girlfriend Jamie Boyd live after he performing to "Time of My Life" - Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3148: Tidal's (Re)Launch - Jay Z, Kanye West, Deadmau5 & Madonna - Four Different Standing Configurations - Four Different Thought-Emotions - Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3083: Marshawn Lynch Interview, "I'm just here so I won't get fined"