Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4165: Kim Jong-un's New Years Faux Pas - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Kim Jong-un delivered a New Years Day address yesterday. The North Korean leader offered hope saying, "North and South must work together to alleviate the tensions and work together as a people of the same heritage to find peace and stability ...". However, he also projected hubris declaring, "The entire mainland of the US is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office. They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality ..."

Although only a portion of his speech is included within the above video clip - from a nonverbal perspective, it's representative of the whole.

One prominent body language behavior of Kim Jong-un is his frequent and rather prominent rocking from side-to-side. While in general, this is an extremely common anxiety tell - it's rarely displayed by heads-of-state.

A very natural method to diminish this rocking side-to-side (or forward-to-backward rocking) is by using hand gestures - so long as these are contextual and proportional. This would also have the additional benefit of building rapport (lack of hand proper gestures is a destroys rapport). You'll note that Kim Jong-un doesn't use any gestures (aka Illustrators).

When one's hands are hidden or rarely seen, it will be both subconsciously and consciously interpreted as deceptive (regardless of the viewer's level of nonverbal training). The more of one's body which is hidden by any barrier (pockets, etc.) - the less they are trusted.

The podium Kim Jong-un is using is too tall relative to his height. This creates a barrier for hand/arm gestures - preventing portions of them from being seen - but also in creating a subconscious suppressant against their usage.

Summary: Kim Jong-un demonstrated considerable anxiety during his 2018 New Years Day address. His complete lack of hand gestures diminishes his rapport with his audience - as well as indicating an increased likelihood of deception.

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