Saturday, May 20, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3944: Dwayne Johnson, The 2020 Presidential Election, and The Rock Dialing Up His Alpha - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Dwayne Johnson was recently featured in the cover article of GQ. It's author, Caity Weaver, asked him if he'd ever run for president. His answer - "I think that it's a real possibility." Was he serious? What do his nonverbal signals tell us?

One anxiety display - common to The Rock and all humans, is the "Butt Adjust". When one sees or hears something which causes them anxiety, they will frequently lean forward, lift their butt up a just a little, and sit back in their chair - usually a bit closer to the back. Not only does this indicate anxiety, but more specifically, it's their psyche attempting (not always successfully) at dialing up their alpha qualities and down-regulating their beta characteristics. Of course, there's no doubt that Johnson is an alpha male - but of he's also human. And he too has many moments when he feels the need to 'step it up'.

As Johnson says (beginning at 3:59), "... She's very, very witty, she was amazing [Deep Inhalation] But in it, as we were talking 'bout, she goes, 'Would you ever consider running for President?' and I said, 'Yeah, of course I would consider it' ", Johnson displays a "Butt Adjust" (image above).

The Rock performs another Butt Adjustment during 5:15 - 5:16 after he acknowledges The Tonight Show audience and, in return, they cheer him on.

That same second (beginning at 5:16) Johnson says, "I, I, mean really, I, I, I've been blown away and I'm very flattered by it, 'n' three and a half years is s-, is a long ways away so we'll see [laughs]."

Jimmy Fallon answers,"I love that. Ah, and I love the, thee, here's the, the theme, the c-, the cover is sooo, ah, ah, it's being parodied ..."

As Fallon says, "... and I love the ..." (during 5:26), The Rock displays a "Tongue Jut" - more specifically a "Loose Tongue Jut". This is an indication he feels, "I've just been caught" (Navarro). This is in response to his statement, "so we'll see".

This emotion of being caught/embarrassment is further amplified by Johnson's blushing as well as his simultaneous prolonged blink. There are also elements of humbled-self-deprecating feelings present as well.

Summary: Dwayne Johnson is indeed considering a run for the US Presidency in 2020. He is humbled. He is sincere. There is no deception here.

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