Sunday, January 14, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4176: Donald Trump's "Shit Countries" Comment, Emmanuel Mensah, and Alisyn Camerota - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Alisyn Camerota recently grew emotional during a broadcast while recounting the story of Ghanaian immigrant - Emmanuel Mensah.

Mensah, a 26-year-old US Army Private saved four people from a fire in the Bronx before perishing on 28 December 2017. Only weeks before, on 21 September 2017, Private Mensah became a naturalized US citizen.

On 1 January 2018, Private Mensah was posthumously awarded the "Soldier's Medal" -  which is the Army's highest award for heroism occurring outside of combat. 

Bill Kristol brought to light Mensah's courage and sacrifice in a recent tweet in response to President Trump's "Shithole Countries" remark. In her reading Kristol's tweet and her recounting Mensah's story, Ms. Camerota became saddened and teary-eyed.

To nuance Alisyn Camerota's expression further, you'll note six additional nonverbal signals in context:

• Upward Gaze
• Tongue in Cheek
• Blushing
• Conjunctival injection
• Lateral Jaw Thrusting
• Twisting Lips

These signals, particularly when clustered together, are indicative of sincere efforts at the suppression of tears (e.g., when a person is trying not to cry). Of course, there are some people who can "fake cry" (e.g., North Koreans who feign tears in the presence of Kim Jong-un) - but in such scenarios, these individuals would rarely display any of these individual signals of crying suppression - and essentially never do so in a clustered combination.

Summary: Ironically, the specific nonverbal manner in which Alisyn Camerota is suppressing her tears, indicates her tears and sadness are indeed sincere.

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4175: Senator Dick Durbin Regarding President Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remarks 

Body Language Analysis No. 4173: California Mud Slides - Rescue and Surprise

Body Language Analysis No. 4171: Stephen Miller's Creepiness & Jake Tapper, Volume II

Body Language Analysis No. 4169: Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, and Robert Mueller

Body Language Analysis No. 4155: Luis Elizondo Interview - Former Military Intelligence Official Who Ran AATIP (The Pentagon's Secret UFO Unit)

Body Language Analysis No. 4142: Donald Trump, "I feel badly for General Flynn"

Body Language Analysis No. 4136: Seminole Heights/Tampa Florida Serial Killer - Criminal Profiling

Body Language Analysis No. 4109: John Kelly, Robert E. Lee, and the US Civil War

Body Language Analysis No. 4056: Ed Sheeran and a Hesitancy to Disclose