Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4345: World Leaders Laugh at Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

On Tuesday, 25 September 2018, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Donald Trump was openly laughed at by other world leaders. What follows is a partial body language analysis of that moment.

Beginning at 0:29 in the above video, Donald Trump continues, "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our county.
[Laughter begins] America's [pause] so true [Resurgence of Audience Laughter] Didn't expect that reaction, that's okay [Laughter and clapping]."

As the other world leaders laugh, just after he says, "America's - so true", Trump huffs an exhale, displaying a whole-body shrug (0:47) followed by a Loose Tongue Jut (0:48).

A loose tongue jut signals the thought-emotions of: "I've been bad", "I've got caught", "I've done a stupid thing" (Navarro). Take care not to confuse a loose tongue jut with a tight tongue jut or a wide open tongue jut, for they have entirely different meanings.

Now, go back four seconds (0:43) to the moment just after the other leaders begin laughing at Trump. Here we see the American President display contempt toward these other leaders. Although his head is turned and oblique to this camera angle, the snarl-like mid-facial configuration of contempt is clearly visible on Trump's left. Notice also, the tightening of the region above his upper lip/below his nose. Additionally, although we can't see it from this position, his left nostril is flared.

Next, flash-forward to the 0:55 mark. Although it must be viewed in the dynamic context of the video, Trump can be seen falsely adjusting his jacket in an alpha up-regulatory gesture. This is a textbook classic MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) as his psyche feels the need to try and re-assert itself after the embarrassment of being mocked on a world stage.

At first glance, one might think Trump is smiling in this moment. Yet this is the initial stage of a disgust expression. Such disgust-smiles (one type of social/feigned/fake smile) are a commonly-used ruse.

A second later, we can see Trump's disgust expression is more fully developed. His accompanying Jaw Jut (forward thrusting of his jaw with chin dimpling) also betrays his adrenaline-surge and a component of anger. Also notice that Trump's lips are stretched laterally in the highly characteristic Thin Lips of Anger

SUMMARY: President Trump was embarrassed after realizing he had overstepped with his braggadocio at the United Nations General Assembly. He felt both contempt and disgust toward the other leaders who were openly laughing at him.

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