Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3664: Benjamin Netanyahu, Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

These two images demonstrate a stark contrast between a man who is beholden and another who is not.

The image above was taken shortly after Viktor Yanukovych was removed from power as the President of Ukraine. He then fled to Russia where this image was taken shortly thereafter. From a body language perspective note the angle of Yanukovych's upper legs and the relative distance between his knees and compare these to Vladimir Putin's. Moreover notice the toe-in configuration (aka pigeon-toe) of Mr. Yanukovych versus the relatively wide-splayed angle of Mr. Putin's feet.

Now compare these nonverbal clusters to the image below where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with President Putin - also on Russian Soil. Although the angle of Mr. Putin's thighs are also wider than Netanyahu's, the disparity between the two men is not nearly as dramatic as the above scenario. Notice as well the angle of Mr. Netanyahu's feet - for they are not toed-in as are Mr. Yanukovych's.

Summary: While there are other nonverbal signals being displayed in these images, we can say conclusively thatViktor Yanukovych's emotional tone is beta and submissive to Vladimir Putin. Mr. Yanukovych acquiesces to what he views as Mr. Putin's relative alpha status by the manner in which he's sitting. Benjamin Netanyahu however, does not concede status to President Putin and views himself to be Putin's equal. Yanukovych is projecting a low emotional comfort and lower confidence while Netanyahu is emotionally comfortable and of higher confidence.

See also:

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3661: Donald Trump, Distrust, Destroying Rapport and the African-American Voter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3653: Donald Trump, ISIS Sarcasm and Duping Delight

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3634: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic National Convention, Emails and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1918: Vladimir Putin - Pointing with Pen Surrogates - Sharp vs. Blunt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3599: The Brexit, David Cameron announces his Resignation and Protection

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3529: Vladimir Putin's Alpha Body Language - Correlations between the Hands and the Face

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