Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3411: Donald Trump's Vulgarity, "Schlonged" and Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Yesterday in Grand Rapids, Michigan - Donald Trump used form of the Yiddish word, "Schlong" in describing Hillary Clinton losing to Barack Obama for the Democratic Nominee in 2008. Here Trump changed a noun into a verb - in what some linguists refer to as "verbing".

Beginning at about 0:14.8 in the above video, Trump continues, "... and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost ....".

As Trump says the word, "... and...", his jaw juts out quite dramatically (see screen capture image below).

Whenever a jaw jut is seen, the first thing you should think of is anger - particularly higher levels of anger with a significant risk of escalating to violence. Jaw jutting also occurs in other nonviolent, yet high-adrenaline acts such as throwing a football, lifting a heavy object or stressful moments of operating a vehicle.

Once these high-adrenaline states of anger or physical acts have been excluded (and from a nonverbal standpoint, how do you know Trump is not angry in this example?), a jutting of the jaw signals either hubris or insincerity. In this moment, Donald Trump is exhibiting both.

Image captured during 0:15 of above video

Donald Trump displaying a dramatic Jaw Jut (in the absence of either anger or a strenuous physical act).

Here signalling both:
  •  Hubris &
  •  Insincerity

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See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3410: Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Hillary Clinton for Data Breach at Democratic Debate - Body Language Faux Pas

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2458: The Pain in Spain Hurts Mainly in the Spleen - Running of the Bulls & Body Language in Pamplona

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3051: Jim Harbaugh & 49ers Part Ways - Onwards to Michigan

Nonverbal Communication Quiz No. 3120: Benjamin Netanyahu Speaking Before Joint Session of Congress - Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2724: Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Twenty Years Later  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis 2759: Vladimir Putin, Annexation of Crimea and Mouth Asymmetr

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3336: Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Deception and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3384: Donald Trump Repeats Controversial 9/11 Claims