Friday, February 24, 2023

Body Language Analysis No. 4673: One Year On. It's been a year since Russia's full scale Invasion of Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's agony and grief in Bucha.




In the above image, President Zelenskyy is seen on 4 April 2022, witnessing the aftermath of murder and torture unarmed Ukrainians civilians — including children, the elderly, and women — by Russian soldiers in Bucha.




In this close-up image, we are able to see somewhat greater facial detail. In the central portion of President Zelenskyy's forehead, the  juxtaposition of two superficial muscles are manifested (Photo: AFP, Anadolu Agency/Getty Images).














The horizontal furrows (signifying temporary muscle contraction) in the mid-level of the central forehead are formed by active contraction of the frontalis pars medialis. These muscles are pulling upward (superiorly).

The vertical furrows in the lower portion of President Zelenskyy's central forehead are formed by contractions of the depressor glabellae, depressor supercilii, and corrugator supercilii. These muscle contractions are pulling downward (inferiorly) and inward (medially).

In addition, the entire width of the lower forehead, including each eyebrow, is also contracted — vectoring downward, hooding a portion of his eyelids.












President Zelenskyy is looking down and to his right (he may, of course, be looking at bodies of the deceased). Of particular note, the right lower quadrant (his right) is the direction we most often look when we're trying to emotionally process grief, sadness, and agony.

President Zelenskyy's upper eyelids as well as his lower eyelids are partially actively closed (not 'droopy' but actively contracted).

The corners of President Zelenskyy's mouth are also down-turned. His nostrils are flared and his 'mustache area' is also contracted (primarily vertically, but also somewhat horizontally stretched). 


On the left side of President Zelenskyy's neck, it appears that his external jugular vein is moderately distended. This is most likely a manifestation of what is a momentary and partial valsalva-like phenomenon associated with an attempt at suppression of tears and sadness.

SUMMARY:  In the moment captured in this image, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is displaying grief, sadness, and agony upon witnessing the aftermath of War Crimes — Genocide in Bucha. He's actively suppressing tears.



Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Body Language Analysis No. 4672: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin (PHOTO)

This image of Vladimir Putin speaking with Barack Obama was captured in November 2014 during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, China (Photo Credit: Pete Souza).

Although we cannot see President Obama's face, President Putin's expression is unmistakable.

Note how his forehead his elevated. In addition, his left eyebrow is elevated higher than his right.

Putin's eyelids are opened considerably wider than baseline. This is true for both his upper and lower eyelids (signaling an adrenaline burst).

Putin's nostrils are flared (the momentary physiologic need for more oxygen).

The area above Putin's upper lip and below his nose (mustache region) is taut.

The corners of Putin's mouth/lips are pulled sharply backward.

Crucially, Putin's jaw is also being pulled backward. The angle of this image makes it a bit difficult to see, however, if you note the vertical creases on the side of and beneath his mid-jaw as well as the evanescent excessive bunching of his neck tissue, this jaw retraction dynamic becomes obvious.

SUMMARY:  During this November 2014 conversation with President Obama, Vladimir Putin was exhibiting considerable anxiety and fear. Putin was also displaying true disbelief.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Body Language Analysis No. 4671: The farther Vladimir Putin Gets from Russian Soil ...

I've been dissecting Vladimir Putin's Body Language since 1999. The further he gets from Russian soil (which is not too often), the lower his confidence and emotional comfort levels fall. Here, Putin is speaking with Erdoğan in Dec. 2012 in Istanbul. (Photo Credit: Murad Sezer) 

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Monday, February 20, 2023

Body Language Analysis No. 4670: Charles McGonigal, FBI's former NYC Counterintelligence Chief as he arrives and departs at Federal Court

Charles McGonigal is a former head of counterintelligence of the FBI's New York City field office (who oversaw approximately 150 FBI officers).

He's currently under federal indictment on multiple charges — some of which include: money laundering, making false statements in mandatory disclosures to the FBI, violating U.S. sanctions on Russia.

McGonigal is alleged to have conspired with Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, who he had investigated.

McGonigal retired from the FBI in September of 2018. It's not clear, at the time of this writing, if McGonigal's alleged illegal activity began before or after his retirement from the FBI.

Each of the first three images in this article were all captured nearly simultaneously, as McGonigal arrived in Federal Court in Manhattan on 09 February 2023 (Photo Credits: Michael M. Santiago and MSNBC).


All of the following 4 images were taken as McGonigal left Federal Court in Manhattan on 23 February 2023 (Photo Credits: Michael M. Santiago) 




































In all of these photos, Charles McGonigal, is to varying degrees, displaying what is known as a "Forward Lip Purse".

 A Forward Lip Purse is a profoundly valuable Body Language tell. It's an extremely-reliable indicator of either a (mostly, but often fully) undisclosed disagreement/deception — and/or a clandestine plan. 

A Forward Lip Purse is always displayed by a person who perceives themself to be an alpha personality — with significant intelligence, resources, and/or hidden advantage relative to their audience.

A person displaying a Forward Lip Purse believes themself to have a high-likelihood of success in the perpetration of their lie and/or their undisclosed plan.

Study carefully the Forward Lip Purse. Be careful not to confuse it with the Lateral Lip Purse or a Tight Tongue Jut — for these Body Language displays have completely different meanings.

Outside the context of a game or a good-natured joke, you never want to see a Forward Lip Purse from your romantic partner, business partner, boss, friend, family member, etc.

Upon seeing a Forward Lip Purse — protect your flank. Immediately. 

SUMMARY: Based on this nonverbal analysis, Charles McGonigal, former Counterintelligence officer of the FBI's NYC office, with an extremely high likelihood, has a partially or fully undisclosed plan and/or deception. Investigators should proceed with this knowledge.

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