Sunday, August 20, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4035: Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and Phone Tells - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

Hope Hicks, was recently named the interim White House Communications Director by President Trump. She is pictured above during a phone call in the lobby of Trump Tower.

Note how Ms. Hicks has her left arm across her lower chest/upper abdomen. This amounts to one-half of a full arms-crossed MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier). It's a body language posture which signals low confidence and low emotional comfort. People don't stand like this when they're confident - or when they are giving or receiving good news.

A nuance which may have escaped you is the position of Hope Hick's left hand. It's oriented palm-upward - which amplifies her beta emotional tone. Had her palm been directed downward, it would have been a bit more alpha.

Now look carefully at Ms. Hick's right hand - holding the phone. Notice all her fingers are relatively parallel. This also indicates her emotions, in this moment, are relatively beta.

Contrast Hope Hicks with Jared Kushner, pictured below. His index finger is held separately and directed vertically - with the other three fingers grouped together (roughly perpendicular to the index finger). This configuration is indicative of alpha emotions. Not surprisingly, this isolated/upward directed index-finger manner of holding a phone holding is virtually never seen simultaneously with one-arm across the torso.

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Body Language Analysis No. 4034: Steve Bannon's Critical Evaluation

Body Language Analysis No. 4032: John Kelly's Reaction to Donald Trump's Press Conference Regarding the Events in Charlottesville

Body Language Analysis No. 4030: Charlottesville, Empathy, and One Expression Donald Trump Should Have Displayed

Body Language Analysis No. 4028: Donald Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence, "On Many Sides"

Body Language Analysis No. 4002: Justin Trudeau Meets His Namesake

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Body Language Analysis No. 3951: Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, the G7 Summit, and The Paris Agreement

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3911: Simone Biles gets Pranked on "Ellen"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3853: Tom Hiddleston, a School Play and Eddie Redmayne