Monday, December 4, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4142: Donald Trump, "I feel badly for General Flynn" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

This morning, while leaving the White House on his way to Utah, Donald Trump answered a few questions from the press. One query (although largely inaudible in this video) was concerning Michael Flynn's recent guilty plea.

What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of President Trump during this exchange.

DONALD TRUMP (continuing at 1:03): Well, I feel badly for General Flynn, I feel very badly. He's led a very - ah, strong life, and I feel very badly, John. I will say this - ah, Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI - nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and they destroyed his life. I think it's a shame. Hillary Clinton - on the fourth of July weekend - went to the FBI - not under oath - it was the most incredible thing anyone's ever seen. She lied many times - nothing happened to her. Flynn lied - and it's like - they ruined his life. It's very unfair. Thank you very much.

After answering, The President immediately lifts his right hand - in a pseudo-wave. This gesture (illustrator) signals his departure - but more importantly, that he no longer wanted to answer any questions. Simultaneously, he also closes both of his eyes (eyelids) in an extended blink - blocking out his audience and the camera (1:39).

He then quickly turns away - still not looking at his audience or the camera - while his eyes remain closed.

He then displays a classic facial expression of regret.

Heading towards Marine One, the President gives a "Thumbs Up" gesture (Illustrator) - yet he still makes no eye contact.

He then puts his thumbs-up hand - his right - his dominant hand - immediately into his coat pocket. The inactive, left, and non-dominant hand remains exposed.

Note the Body Language cluster of:

• Closing his eyes in an extended blink (psychologically blocking)
• Looking away
• Displaying a classic expression of Regret
• Right hand, while normally dominant is seeking protection

In addition to the emotion of regret, this nonverbal-sentence is classic for low-confidence, emotional discomfort, and the need for refuge. This is Donald Trump during a significantly beta moment.

It's crucial to emphasize, while a "Thumbs-up" hand is a universal signal (emblem) for optimism - it's initiated consciously - and in this scenario, it was a nonverbal-lie. Trump's pseudo-wave was also consciously driven. But the President's other signals are unconscious. Whenever the nonverbal signals are/appear to be contradictory - it's the subconscious signals which indicate the person's true thought-emotions. This nonverbal axiom is beautifully illustrated in the dramatic contrast of the dominant, right hand, "Thumbs-up" display decrescendoing into the immediate hiding of this same hand.

Summary: Donald Trump's nonverbal behavior displayed in this video indicate he's in a significantly beta, low-confidence, and regretful mindset. He's in an emotionally protective-mode.

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3628 (REPOSTING): Donald & Melania Trump's interview with Matt Lauer Prior to Her Speech at Republican Convention

Body Language Analysis No. 4140: Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty 

Body Language Analysis No. 4138: Matt Lauer, Intimidation, and Aggression

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Body Language Analysis No. 4127: Al Franken, Leeann Tweeden, and the Mea Culpa Face

Body Language Analysis No. 4110: Yuli Gurriel "Apologizes" to Yu Darvish for a Gesture of Prejudice During The World Series

Body Language Analysis No. 4101: Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson - Interview on Good Morning America

Body Language Analysis No. 4068: Donald Trump's UN Speech - Nikki Haley's Reaction to The President's Threat to "Totally Destroy North Korea"

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