Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4178: Donald Trump, "I'm the Least Racist Person", DACA ... and Kevin McCarthy's Anxiety - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

On Sunday, Donald Trump arrived at his International Golf Club in Florida. House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy was by his side as the President fielded questions from the Press. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of this exchange.

After proclaiming, "No, no, I'm not a racist, I am the least racist person you have ever (pause) interviewed, that I can tell you ...", and answering questions regarding North Korea - as well as DACA, and a possible government shutdown - Kevin McCarthy's nonverbal displays grew increasing noteworthy.

In this close crop of the above screen-grab image, the House Majority Leader's Central Forehead is Contracted (CFC) - and, along with his inner (medial) eyebrows - are elevated.

Crucially, any CFC must be interpreted in the context of simultaneous mouth configuration. As the corners of Representative McCarthy's mouth are down-turned, his overall facial expression projects Emotional Pain.

The camera angle doesn't pan-outward to a wider angle until the subject returned to DACA - but when it did we can see that Representative McCarthy was twisting his wedding ring. Immediately prior to our view of this, President Trump had been speaking about North Korea, a possible government shutdown, and denying he was racist.

Summary: Twisting one's ring - particularly a wedding ring - is a reliable symbol of anxiety. The conjunction of such ring rotation together with McCarthy's facial expression of emotional pain - telegraphs an amplified anxiety level. Representative McCarthy was anxious, beta, and emotionally uncomfortable standing next to President Trump.

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