Friday, January 26, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4186: Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, and Disgust - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

Yesterday afternoon, The New York Times broke the story that in June of 2017, President Donald Trump ordered White House counsel, Donald McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. McGahn refused the President's order, while threatening to quit - which resulted in Trump backing down.

While most everyone can identify facial expressions of extreme emotions - it's fascinating the high percentage of otherwise socially adept adults who cannot accurately recognize moderate, let alone mild, or subtle examples of most emotions.

The primary emotion captured in the above image of Robert Mueller is that of mild-moderate disgust. This is evidenced by his tightened and elevated "mustache area" (region above the upper lip and below the nose) - while the corners of his lips are vectored downward. The flaring of his nostrils (here, mildly so) is also a characteristic of disgust.

What is Robert Mueller's secondary emotion in this moment?

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