Sunday, January 7, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4170: Stephen Miller's and Jake Tapper's Confrontational Exchange - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)


Stephen Miller (President Donald Trump's senior advisor for policy) was a guest on Jake Tapper's State of the Union Show on Sunday morning (7 January 2018). Much of the discussion centered around allegations made by Michael Wolff in his just released book, Fire and Fury - and Stephen Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of Stephen Miller during this interview.

You may have noticed Mr. Miller's left shoulder repeatedly moving backward (sometimes with an additional slightly upward component). This is accompanied by a simultaneous right head turn. This nonverbal cluster phenomenon is a tic. It either wasn't present several months ago - or it has an intermittent nature - exacerbated by anxiety.

Note how Mr. Miller's verbal language is alpha, confrontational, and aggressive. Yet his tic betrays his true feelings. He's distressed, uneasy, and flustered. As the tension and volume of his voice increases - as well as his choice of words, grow more caustic - the frequency of this nervous tic increases.

Whenever the verbal language and body language are disparate - it's the body language which tells the truth.

Summary: Stephen Miller's nonverbal behavior indicates his anxiety level has substantially increased in the last several months - and/or the topics raised in this interview did so.

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