Sunday, October 4, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3330: Vladimir Putin on 60 Minutes - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Last Sunday Charlie Rose's interview of Vladimir Putin was shown on 60 Minutes. It was conducted a few days earlier near Moscow - and just prior to Mr. Putin's United Nations speech and  his meeting with President Obama.

In the beginning of this video excerpt Charlie Rose says, "So you would like to join the United States in the fight against ISIS - that's part of why you're there [loose forward lip purse at 0:14]. Others think [microexpresssion of fear at 0:16] that while that may be part of your goal, you're trying to save the Assad Administration because they've been losing, ah, ground - and the War has not been going well for them - and you're there to rescue them."

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Mr. Putin.

During 0:14 (above image) we see a "Loose Forward Lip Purse" exhibited by President Putin (versus a tight forward lip purse or a lateral lip purse). A forward lip purse is an indication of clandestine disagreement or clandestine plans. It's a nonverbal display only made by a relative alpha person/scenario in the midst of communication with a perceived beta personality/situation. In addition, those who configure their lips in this fashion believe they have a good chance of both executing and subsequent success of their plans (thus it speaks to their confidence).

When you see a loose forward lip purse you should know that although the person making this expression may be voicing a small disagreement (or none) - their true disagreement is much larger. Alternatively, their true plans are very disparate from those they disclose to you.

Two seconds later, captured below (during 0:16) we see Vladimir Putin displaying a microexpression of fear (specifically a mouth of fear and neck of fear). Juxtaposed so closely after the loose forward lip purse, this nonverbal tells us that - despite his relative confidence in his plan, it still has at least one component for which Mr. Putin feels significant trepidation.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3329: Robert De Niro Hears Tom Hiddleston's Robert De Niro Impression - The Graham Norton Show

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3325: Vladimir Putin, the United Nations, Russian Soil and Confidence Levels 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3164: Johnny Depp's portrayal of Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass" trailer

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3168: Connor McDavid on 2015 NHL Draft Lottery Day

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2511:  Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin  Handshake at 2013 G20 Meeting