Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4192: President Trump's 2018 State of The Union Address - Part II - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

There was a multitude of interesting body language tells displayed by President Trump and others attending his first State of The Union Address last night. One of these many signals was displayed during his discussion of his proposed immigration plan.

Beginning at 1:05:12, the President continues, "It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system -- one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country." 

Beginning at 1:05:17 (with the word "admits"), and for the duration of this sentence, you'll note that Donald Trump leans on the podium/lectern with his right elbow.

A President (or anyone else) should never lean on the podium/lectern. Although this behavior may appear to some to be a just type or swagger or sloppy-nonchalance, it's not. Rather, this nonverbal display is a MAP surrogate (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier). His dynamic of leaning on the lectern indicates the President's confidence is low when it comes to the third pillar of his "Merit-based" immigration plan.

Summary: Leaning on the lectern/podium is poor form. More importantly, it signals anxiety and low confidence in the topic being discussed. In this example, the President slips into a beta emotional tone when discussing "merit-based" immigration - and thus is betraying one of (what he feels is) his Achilles' heels.

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Body Language Analysis No. 4191: President Trump's State Of The Union Speech

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Body Language Analysis No. 4185: Tom Hanks, Embarrassment, and Emotional Processing 

Body Language Analysis No. 4170: Stephen Miller's and Jake Tapper's Confrontational Exchange 

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