Friday, January 27, 2017

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3831: Donald Trump's and Theresa May's Press Conference - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Prime Minister Theresa May met with President Trump today at The White House. She was the first head-of-state to visit with Donald Trump since his inauguration. There were many body language tells exhibited during their short press conference - and one rarely discussed nonverbal signal came during toward the end of the above video.

At 15:29 UK journalist (Tom) continues: "... And also may I ask a question to both of you. People are fascinated to know how you're going to get on with each other, you're so different. The hard-working daughter of a vicar, the brash TV extrovert - have you found anything in common personally yet?"

Donald Trump: "Actually I'm not as brash as you might think."

[Audience laughter]

Donald Trump: "And I can tell you that I think we're going to get along very well. You know, it's interesting because I am a people person. I think you are also, Theresa. And, ah - I can often tell how I get along with somebody very early, and I believe we're going to have a fantastic relationship...."

During the 15:51 - 15:52 segment, as Trump says, "... I am a people person ...", the President touches his chest with his right hand. Look at the detail though - for Trump only touches with his fingers while his palm remains elevated off his chest. When there is no "palmar" touch during such "illustrators" - the gesture has a low sincerity quotient. This is very similar to what occurs during a hug when one of the "huggers" is less-than-enthusiastic about hugging - and their fingers touch without the palm of the hand touching. If you're observant, you've certainly felt such a "palmless" hug yourself from time to time.

Moreover, the President is touching the right side of his chest - not over his heart. When we hold an infant for the first time, we instinctively know to place their head next to our heart - on our LEFT side. During moments of sincere affection and sincere intimacy - we strongly tend to pull the other person to our "heart side" - our LEFT side.

This is a classic body language cluster of "Feigned Sincerity".

Intriguingly, it also takes more effort for the right hand to touch on the right side of one's chest - it's a more natural motion (and takes less energy) for the right hand to touch the left side of the chest.

Conclusion: Donald Trump does not truly believe he is a "People Person".

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3830: Donald Trump, Enrique Peña Nieto and the Proposed Wall Along the Mexican-US Border

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3828: Donald Trump's Body Language Display Rarely Used By Any Past President

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3826: Kellyanne Conway to Chuck Todd, Press Secretary Sean Spicer Gave 'Alternative Facts'

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3819: Turkey's Parliament, Presidential Powers and Constitutional Amendments

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3802: Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey and UFC 207

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3774: Luke Bryan Hits/Slaps a Fan For Flipping Him Off

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3756: Amy Adams, Anxiety and Hesitancy to Disclose

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3742: Evan McMullin, Donald Trump and Winning Utah

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2863: Gary Oldman's Apology on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" - Sincere or Insincere?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3691: Natalie Portman's Emotional Tell