Thursday, June 15, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3969: Vladimir Putin Offers James Comey Asylum - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin compared James Comey to Edward Snowden. He also offered the former FBI Director political asylum. The video above shows this excerpt from his press conference.

Note at the very end of this clip, just after President Putin says, "By the way, if he faces any kind of prosecution in this regard, we will provide political asylum in Russia for him as well. He should be aware of that" - Putin briefly but forcefully retracts his jaw (during 0:51). This jaw retraction is shown below (the image above was about a second later and is included for reference).

Try retracting your jaw right now. When performed to this degree, it's uncomfortable.

Jaw retraction accompanying a declarative statement is a signal of regret. Of course, President Putin is a (hyper) alpha. He can say whatever he wants - and yet, in this moment, we see him momentarily slip into a beta emotional mindset. He immediately had regrets in making this statement and he believed he over-stepped.

Summary: Recognizing when an alpha personality slips into beta mode will expose to you their Achilles' Heel - and is a skill of profound value. Immediately after he made the statement, Vladimir Putin regretted offering James Comey political asylum.

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