Friday, November 10, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4117: Roy Moore, Sexual Misconduct, and The US Senate - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

Today the Washington Post published an article alleging that Roy Moore, currently a candidate for the US Senate, of sexual misconduct involving minors. These victims were, at the time, girls - including Leigh Corfman (who was 14 years old), Wendy Miller (age 16), Debbie Wesson Gibson (age 17), and Gloria Thacker Deason (age 18).

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside."

John McCain (R-AZ) went even further saying, "The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying, He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of."

Roy Moore has not, as yet, made any statements regarding the allegations, however, the candidate's campaign manager, Bill Armistead, responded by releasing a statement, in part saying, "Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today's Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary."

In lieu of a direct statement to the public and press, what follows are five nonverbal analyses of Mr. Moore during other unrelated events - focused specifically on sincerity vs. insincerity.

Look at the example above, it has two expression components which should set off your nonverbal alarm bells.

While smiles which are asymmetrical are not necessarily all insincere - many are indeed so. Sometimes true smiles begin asymmetrically - however, the vast majority of times, these will then crescendo into symmetrical (and sincere) displays.

You may have also noted Roy Moore's "Tongue in Cheek" display (also above). This indicates a smugness indicative of the thought-emotion, "I Just Won".

What other characteristic, displayed in the above photo, helps to differentiate Moore's expression as sincere or insincere?

A sincere smile (Duchenne smile) always has temporary, concave-up, furrows in the lower eyelids - this is the most crucial of all qualities necessary for a smile to be sincere. Note such dynamic furrows are not present in this example. Regardless of the other present here - This "smile" is very much INSINCERE.

Do not mistake wrinkles for furrows (furrows are deeper and are associated with active muscle contraction). In this example (as the image immediately above), Mr. Moore also has no lower lid furrows.

Yet look further though - for if the smile is sincere, there should also not be any lower teeth visible (with the only exceptions being if it's the beginning or end of a bout of laughter - or if a camera/viewing angle were looking down from a greater height/angle).

This "smile" is INSINCERE.

If the central forehead is contracted, even if all the other components of a smile are present - this is a profound red flag. Such "smiles" are NEVER sincere.

In this last example, note Roy Moore's entire forehead is contracted (not just the central forehead portion). He is also partially covering his mouth during this feigned smile. Both of these are warning signs of INSINCERITY.

Summary: When confronted with such accusations, any person wrongly accused would normally make a statement to the press immediately - answering all reasonable questions. Any good campaign manager or those experienced in crisis management would give the same advice. Hesitancy to make a public, on-camera statement and answer questions are largely due to one's guilt - and the fear of not being able to disguise it. When Roy Moore is asked questions regarding these allegations, look carefully for signals of sincerity - and also those of insincerity/deception.

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