Saturday, June 4, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3580: Muhammad Ali, Donald Trump, Repulsion and Body Language (PHOTOS)

After the passing of Muhammad Ali, the differences between the three-time World champion boxer and Donald Trump have been brought into high contrast by the members of the media and others on social media.

This image above was captured at an event in 2007 and shows the two men are standing together. Ali's facial expressions are heavily influenced by his Parkinson's Disease (or a Parkinson-like condition known as Dementia Pugilistica) - resulting in a mask-like appearance. Thus from a body language perspective, we are limited here to interpret Muhammad's emotions.

Mr. Trump's expression is centered on the configuration of his mouth. More specifically, his jaw, lips and particularly his tongue are clustered in what is know as a "Tight Forward Tongue Jut". If you've ever fed an infant, you've seen this expression before. For when you try and feed a baby creamed asparagus - and he doesn't like it - the child will form their mouth, lips and tongue in this exact same manner. The tight forward tongue jut is a signal of disgust and repulsion at something or someone. Indeed simply making this facial expression will often evoke some level of nausea. 

Last summer we saw Donald Trump make this same expression when he was posed with the question, "Have you ever asked God for forgiveness?"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3251: Donald Trump's Body Language Response to the question, "Have you ever asked God for Forgiveness?

Donald Trump was repulsed by the idea of asking God for forgiveness as he was also repulsed by Muhammad Ali.

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See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3469: Leonardo DiCaprio and Dame Maggie Smith on BAFTA Awards Kiss Cam - The British Academy Film Awards

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3579: Donald Trump, Trump University Lawsuit, a Judge's 'Mexican heritage' and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3575: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump - Comparison of Their Wikipedia Profile Photos

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3471: Ronda Rousey regarding her Loss to Holly Holm on Ellen DeGeneres Show

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3455: Jerry Rice Undercover - Lyft Super Bowl 50 Commercial

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3441: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Interview regarding Flint's Water Crisis - Is He Being Honest and Sincere?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3403: "Johnnie Walker - Dear Brother" Commercial