Thursday, December 7, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4144: Donald Trump Touching Mike Pence on the Knee in the Oval Office - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

President Trump met with the leaders from both parties in both Chambers of Congress today - in an effort to avert a government shutdown. Along with Vice President Pence - Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer - as well as Representatives Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office. Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis was also present. Later in the day, the House and the Senate voted to keep the Federal government running for another two weeks.

During the 1:04 mark in the above video, President Trump touches/pats Vice President Trump on his left lower thigh and knee.

In the vast majority of cultures on Earth, including the United States, outside the context of:

• Sports
• Acting
• Medical Examinations
• Intimate Relationships

Whenever a man touches another man on the leg, particularly the thigh, the causes and/or motivations include:

• Power Display/Intimidation Tactic
• Sexual
• Dis-inhibition arising from the use of Drugs or Alcohol
• Central Nervous System disorders, e.g., Frontotemporal Dementia
Autism Spectrum Disorder

The President is not gay and he's also not recognized as being on the Autism spectrum. Of the three remaining causes, statistically, the most probable cause one man would violate another man's personal (intimate space) with the touching of their thigh/knee - particularly in so public a manner - would as a power/dominance display - with the intent to intimidate and "remind" them - and to others watching, who is boss.

And yet, with the recent social and political changes associated with the Me Too movement - as well as the past accusations of sexual misconduct made against him, there remains one other potential explanation: If a person anticipated they were about to be accused of a similar inappropriate physical contact, they may plan to touch another person in that same manner - and doing so publicly - thereby creating the premise for a defense, such as, "See, I touch everyone's leg like that" or "I always do that".

Summary: The most likely explanation for Trump touching Pence on the thigh-knee - is that he's displaying dominance in a moment of dis-inhibition. That begs the question: Why is he dis-inhibited?

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4143: Billy Bush regarding Donald Trump on the "Access Hollywood Tape" (Stephen Colbert Interview)

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

Body Language Analysis No. 4117: Roy Moore, Sexual Misconduct, and The US Senate

Body Language Analysis No. 4105: An interview with Sophia the Robot at the Future Investment Institute 

Body Language Analysis No. 4073: Prince Harry and Melania Trump Meet in Canada for Invictus Games - Harry's Hand Signal

Body Language Analysis No. 4040: James Clapper Regarding Donald Trump's Fitness for Office

Body Language Analysis No. 4008: Veteran Who Survived Dunkirk Reacts to Film