Sunday, June 18, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3972: Vladimir Putin, Oliver Stone, and a Facial Expression Red Flag - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

When it's displayed frequently, one particular facial expression which should always send up a red flag.

What facial components make up this expression?
  • Elevated Central Forehead Contraction (CFC)
  • Partial Mouth Smile
Both the elevated CFC and the partial mouth smile must be present together.

Another feature, not required, yet is seen in this example as an amplifier is:

  • Partial Eyelid Closure

In the above promotional video of Oliver Stone's "The Putin Interviews", during 0:36 - 0:38, at the end of the sentence, "Suffice it to remember the Rosenberg spouses who were electrocuted", Vladimir Putin displays this precise cluster: his central forehead elevates, his mouth configures in a partial (suppressed) mouth smile, and his upper eyelids are partially closed (see image below).

In this context, this expression overlaps with the phenomena of what is known as "Duping Delight" - indicating that President Putin takes pleasure in the Rosenberg's execution (Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were United States citizens. After being convicted of committing espionage for the Soviet Union, they were executed. Coincidentally, their deaths occurred sixty-four years ago tomorrow - June 19, 1953).

Note the crucial caveat, "when it's displayed frequently" - for we all display this same face on occasion. We may use this expression when we're feeling:
  • Arrogance
  • Disbelief
  • Contempt
Contempt and arrogance are emotions which are overlapping in nature. It's also very important to note, that all three of these emotions can be displayed by way of other facial expressions.

Summary:  When a person displays an elevated central forehead contraction together with a partial (suppressed) mouth smile - and does so frequently, this has very high correlation with sociopathic behavior (Antisocial Personality Disorder).

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3971: Elon Musk, Amber Heard, Affection, and Ownership

Body Language Analysis No. 3969: Vladimir Putin Offers James Comey Asylum

Body Language Analysis No. 3967: Jeff Sessions' Testimony, Microexpressions, and Duping Delight 

Body Language Analysis No. 3964: What Donald Trump Really Thinks about James Comey

Body Language Analysis No. 3958: Vladimir Putin interview with Megyn Kelly

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3912: Keri Russell's Schadenfreude, Matthew Rhys' Fear, and a Hesitancy to Disclose

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3857: Taunting a Snowplow Driver - Belleville, Ontario

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3760: Rory McIlroy's "Little Interviews"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2979: "Tomorrowland" Trailer-teaser, Britt Robertson and Stanislavski