Monday, June 5, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3959: Vladimir Putin - Megyn Kelly Interview, Part II - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

You say you don't speak Russian? That's okay, Vladimir Putin speaks English (although he pretends he doesn't). His translation earpiece is a ruse, for his near instantaneous nonverbal responses to questions, betray his multilingual skills (and much more).

What follows is a transcript of a portion of the video above, followed by a partial nonverbal analysis.

MEGYN KELLY: There have been questions in America, about Donald Trump's finances. He hasn't released his tax returns. There have been questions about this secret Russian dossier, which he says is fake - but which purports to have blackmail information in it generated by the Russians. There have been questions about communications between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. All of which has American's asking, 'Do you have something damaging on our president?' "

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Well this is just not a lot of nonsense. Where would we get this information from? Why? Did we have some special relationship with him? We didn't have any relationship at all. There was a time when he used to come to Moscow, but you know I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us. Right now I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russia. Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all - have you all lost your senses over there?

During 9:03, as Megyn Kelly says, "There have been questions in America ...", Putin displays an excellent example of a microexpression of contempt. Did you see it? Watch this several times. We can't say whether his contempt was directed at Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump, or America - but he was absolutely feeling contempt for some or all of these people.

The Tongue Jut, specifically the "Loose Tongue Jut" was a nonverbal signal displayed multiple times by President Putin during this interview. The one shown above was displayed during 9:09 when Megyn Kelly said, "... secret Russian dossier ...".

The Loose Tongue Jut (not to be confused with a tight tongue jut) is a nonverbal signal for the thought-emotions of "I've been bad" or "I've been caught". 

This was accompanied by both an increased frequency and duration of blinking. This dynamic is a highly reliable indicator of anxiety.

The above expression is a cartoonish one of Feigned Incredulity. He makes it as Kelly says, "... says is fake ..." (9:12).  Note that this expression arrives before Megyn Kelly says the word "fake". This is one of many times when Putin's timing was off. And while the expression, in an absolute sense, indicates a pretend act of disbelief, its early-arrival timing does as well.

Another Loose Tongue Jut (9:13) indicating "I've been bad" / "I've been caught" as Megyn Kelly says, "... but which ..."

Despite being a high-level KGB officer - and the fact he's been coached by world class nonverbal experts, Vladimir Putin still commits a grave body language sin of facial touching (as Kelly says, "... purports to have blackmail information in it ..." (9:14 - 9:16). Here manifested as a lip rub/mouth touch - this MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) indicates a high level of anxiety. In this cluster context, this gesture points strongly to deception.

During 9:20, as Ms. Kelly says, "... Trump campaign ...", Putin displays an excellent example of a "Tongue in Cheek" MAP signal. This is a sign of the thought-emotion of "I Just Won" - and conveys a component of suppressed smugness.

From a paralanguage perspective, it's of profound importance to note that Putin never answered Kelly's question of, "Do you have something damaging on our president?". He never said, "No." He danced around the issue. This screams of deception.

Another paralanguage is displayed with Putin saying, "Well this is just not a lot of nonsense" - rather than, "Well this is just a lot of nonsense". Of course could have been a simple mistake on the part of the interpreter (who most probably also has a lot of knowledge of President Putin activities).

Summary: Based on his nonverbal and paralanguage signals during this interview, there is an extremely high probability that Vladimir Putin has a dossier of damaging information regarding Donald Trump.

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 2958: Vladimir Putin interview with Megyn Kelly

Body Language Analysis No. 3956: Keri Russell's Tongue

Body Language Analysis No. 3954: Donald Trump, "Covfefe", and a Facial Expression which Should Always Raise Red Flags

Body Language Analysis No. 3952: Emmanuel Macron's Handshake with Donald Trump at NATO Summit

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3876: John McCain's "State of the Union" Interview re: Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, Wiretap Allegations and Russia

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3861: Emma Stone, The Oscars and Sincerity

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