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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