Sunday, October 7, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4350: Ashley Kavanaugh during Brett Kavanaugh's Swearing-in Ceremonies for the Supreme Court - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)

Yesterday, after the closest Senate vote in 137 years, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Ashley Kavanaugh's body language during her husband's swearing-in ceremony is worthy of scrutiny.

Note in the above image, as retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the Judicial Oath to Brett Kavanaugh, Ashley Kavanaugh is standing with her left leg crossed in front of her right leg. This nonverbal display indicates a lowered confidence level and a beta emotional tone. Along with projecting her low emotional comfort, it very much says that although social and political etiquette requires her presence, she very much wants to leave.

These submissive feelings are further amplified by the orientation of Ms. Kavanaugh's feet. For although we can't completely visualize them, we can easily discern that they're pointed inward (temporarily in-toed aka pigeon-toed) - projecting even lower confidence and the need for protection. This behavior is a fig-leaf analog.

One might be tempted to attribute Ashley Kavanaugh's leg and foot positions to a chance moment in time - which would be erroneous (particularly in this context). However, if we examine this second image, when Chief Justice John Roberts is administering the Constitutional Oath, although we can only see a portion of her legs, she's clearly standing in the same configuration.

(If you're wondering about Brett Kavanaugh's right hand, please reference this previous article:
Body Language Analysis No. 4349: Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford - Part III)

SUMMARY: Ashley Kavanaugh's body language during each of her husband's Oaths yesterday indicates she was feeling lowered confidence and diminished emotional comfort. Although protocol required her presence, she very much did not want to be there.

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