Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Spying for Lying Awards

Take a look back at this years winners.

This Years Awards Winners

NBC News LA County Sheriff


Not a Good Week for Basketball Coaches

Duke vs. Long Beach State

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (top) and assistant Chris Collins react to the Blue Devils' loss of intensity midway through the second half of play against Long Beach State in Durham, North Carolina, on Tuesday, December 29, 2009.

Here we see pacifying behavior by both coaches; the interesting thing here is the assistant coach who is going well beyond eye blocking... this is more than eye blocking it is totally escapism which we see whenever someone is feeling intense discomfort. I often see this when people first hear extremely hard news to take, such as a death in the family...◦

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The "Emotion" of Empathy

Why we wince and gasp in empathy with TV heroes by -- WHEN watching horror films or thrillers, people wince and gasp when seeing characters hurt or terrified. When watching an exciting football game, people feel surges of elation or disappointment, just like the players...


Pushing Lower Lip Up

PM Putin on working trip to Russia's Far East

VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA. DECEMBER 28, 2009. Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin (L) and Head of Russia's Federal Agency for Fishery Andrei Krainy attends a meeting to discuss the development of the shipbuilding industry in Primorye (Maritime Territory), chaired by the Russian prime minister.

The person to the left is pushing his lip up, this is a sign of considering something that is new to him or he hasn't considered before. Be on the lookout for gesture in a microexpression.◦

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Negative Steeple and Eye Blocking

Nuggets Coach Karl Reacts in Denver

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl reacts to play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter at the Pepsi Center in Denver on December 27, 2009. Dallas and Denver lead their respective divisions.

Whenever we see a positive gesture out of context of the situation, and the person has turned it into a negative we are looking at a person under a great deal of stress or internal turmoil, as is the case here. Sometimes it is done to appear more confident than we really are, other times is subconsciously done to give strength.

Nuggets Head Coach Karl Reacts in Denver

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl reacts as the Dallas Mavericks take the lead during the first quarter at the Pepsi Center in Denver on December 27, 2009.

Dr Oz Discovery Health Stress Indicator


Monday, December 28, 2009

Body Language and Games: With Microsoft

Game Developers have always been interested in facial expressions so they can create realistic games, with the advent of this technology body language can and will make a difference in game play in the future.

Games: With Microsoft’s New Interface, You Are the Joystick

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Questioning with our Eyebrows

Nursing home attendant talking to a man with Alzheimer's dis...

Dec 22 2009
Nursing home attendant talking to a man with Alzheimer's disease.

Whenever we are listening and bring our eyebrows together, it is our way of subconsciously showing we are questioning what is being said. Unfortunately in this case the man with Alzheimer's is unaware of several things (what is being said, who is speaking to him, etc.)◦

Foolproof Test for Catching Liars Still Elusive: Lie Detectors

Listen to this NPR story...◦

Brain Scans Make for More Accurate Lie Detector Tests

NPR's Ira Flatow, host of Talk of the Nation Science Friday, joins NPR's Noah Adams to discuss how brain scans could provide a more accurate lie detector test.◦

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Renee Zellweger Shows Subtle Disgust

Renee Zellweger Keeps Up With Gift Giving Post Holidays!

A cheery Renee Zellweger made her way to a Santa Monica, CA restaurant on December 26, 2009 with a present in hand. Perhaps the actress was meeting a friend for a post Christmas celebration! After Renee’s Lunch date she waved goodbye.

See how the upper lip is moving upward, and the nose is also moving up just the slightest bit upward.

Renee Zellweger Keeps Up With Gift Giving Post Holidays!

Here we see a fake smile, because it is not "equal" on both sides of the face...
whenever you see emotion and one side of the face shows "more" than the other it is likely it is a faked emotion.◦

2009 Worst Liars Involved in a Crime

Ronald and Misty Cummings

Ronald was the natural Father to Haleigh Cummings who is missing. Misty was the live in girlfriend (at the time, they later married), it was reported that she left the mobile home that evening to attend a party. Ronald was at work at the time. They both have failed tests, faked emotions, used the wrong verb tense when speaking about Haleigh, and exhibited hot spots in interviews. If all these problem areas are due to lying about attending a party instead of being in the home that evening, then shame on both of you Misty and Ron... there is a girl missing and the most important thing is to get the girl back and not concealing that you were not responsible enough to care for a child.

Even though they have not been charged with a crime- at this time- they definitely lied and concealed facts that were important to the case. It is not just me stating this, every expert from truth wizards to former FBI profilers have agreed from the beginning that there is more to the story than these two have said.

Haleigh Cummings disappearance in Satsuma, Florida

Feb 12 2009
This photo released by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office shows Haleigh Cummings, 5, of Satsuma, Florida. Cummings was reported missing from her home early Tuesday morning and an amber alert was issued. Detectives say they are treating her disappearance as an abduction even though there were no signs of forced entry into the home.


Advanced Voice Analysis Technology is Used to Combat Insurance Fraud


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Raw Video: Pope Knocked Down at Christmas Mass

A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday.

The Pope's security gets a B-; thankfully she did not have a weapon or deadly intent. The actions of the security person that tackled the women was the highlight of the security detail, he moved without hesitation. They should learn from this that they need be more forward.

Unfortunately we do not have pictures or video from the other angle, it would be nice to see her face to see if it showed some of her intent.

From the current angle we do see some of her intent, she is leaning forward, hands on the barrier like a cat ready to jump.

I'm not clear on the details of the barrier jumper, Susanna Maiolo, there are some reports that she had been involved in another previous incident. I do not know if this is true, but if it is, then the grade for the security goes down.

A Vatican spokesman said the girl was "apparently unbalanced," but they would be "very lenient" with her and she would be pardoned. This is a mistake. I can list well over a dozen "stars" that have unbalanced people intruding in their lives, of which at least two unbalanced people would do harm to them if they had a chance. Any sign of aggression cannot be ignored.

There seems to be an increase in stalking and attacks on those in the public eye- to those who provide security- be on alert. The publicity seems to encourage others into action.◦


Iranians Mourn Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri

Iranians mourn the shrouded body of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri at his home on December 20, 2009 in Qom, Iran. Ayatollah Montazeri, a senior Shiite cleric who was critical of the hard-line Islamic regime, died December 20th at the age of 87.

Neck Rub

Lecturer Giving Student Homework

Rubbing our neck is a self pacifying gesture, sometimes it is done to immediately relieve the tension and tight muscles that have developed in our neck that have appeared as a result of stress, other times it is to simply make things better.◦

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas To All!!!

Palestinians walks near a large inflatable Santa Claus in Bethlehem

Palestinians cross the street near an inflatable Santa Claus sitting in front of a shop selling Christmas decorations in the biblical town of Bethlehem, West Bank, December 21, 2009.

Little Personality Test for Fun


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Prayer and Religious Gestures

Hands Together in Prayer

There are gestures specific to every religion. Naturally we bow our heads and sometimes even kneel for prayer. When we look downwards we are saying that we are not worthy of His love and/or we may be at our lowest.

Gestures in religion also serve the purpose of creating community and unity; and to do them as a group shows respect for the church, God, and the religion.

Now when we see the 'illustrator' gesture of placing the palms together in a prayer like the above gesture in the picture, in non religious setting, it is saying, I am pleading my case. It is open to debate if you are pleading your case to the listener or to God himself.◦

Balloon Boy's Dad Doesn't Like What He Has Just Heard

Balloon Boy Parents Arrive For Sentencing in Fort Collins, Colorado

Mayumi and Richard Heene (R) wait after hearing their respective sentences at the Larimer County Justice Center after sentencing in their Balloon Boy hoax in district court on December 23, 2009 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Richard Heene received 90 days jail time (30 days in jail and 60 days in work release) and four years probation. Mayumi Heene received four years probation and 20 days jail time.

This is the clearest example of someone not liking what they are hearing, and he subconsciously places his hand in front of his mouth.◦

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


N.C. Election Board Investigation

Former Gov. Mike Easley aide Ruffin Poole listens as his attorney speaks to the North Carolina State Board of Elections in Raleigh, North Carolina, Thursday, December 17, 2009. The board is gathering information on possible campaign violations by Easley.

Is Lying to Others a Form of Lying to Yourself?

A study published in the journal of Emotion says that embellishing stories to friends is not really an attempt to deceive others, but rather, an attempt to express your true hopes and goals, listen to this npr interview.◦

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Abdullah Gul meets with Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah

TurkeyÕs President Abdullah Gul visit to Kuwait

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul meets with Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah of Kuwait during his official visit to Kuwait, on December 21, 2009.

Here we see two powerful people, who are both happy, with the confident and often times negative finger pointing gesture.

While it is still perceived as negative what is important is how neither wants to be perceived as weaker, so they match each others gesture.

In this case whomever holds it higher wins. Based on the picture it would be likely Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah of Kuwait was first to make the gesture and Turkey's President Abdullah Gul followed suit.

In a way it is gesture gamesmanship, and in politics it is important to master- especially in the Middle East.

TurkeyÕs President Abdullah Gul visit to Kuwait

APA Journal of Emotion Volume 9, Issue 6 Released

There are some interesting papers that relate to the content of this site. While you will need a subscription to see them on the APA site, I'm including the title and authors so you can search for them on Google Scholar/online.

Are specific emotions narrated differently?
Page 751-762
Habermas, Tilmann; Meier, Michaela; Mukhtar, Barbara

Can Duchenne smiles be feigned? New evidence on felt and false smiles.
Page 807-820
Krumhuber, Eva G.; Manstead, Antony S. R.

The voice conveys specific emotions: Evidence from vocal burst displays.
Page 838-846
Simon-Thomas, Emiliana R.; Keltner, Dacher J.; Sauter, Disa; Sinicropi-Yao, Lara; Abramson, Anna◦

Faked Smile or Contempt?

Reese Witherspoon Shakes The Blues For Christmas Cheer!

Whenever we show an expression and it is not 'even' on both sides of the face, it is a faked expression.

Many might take this as contempt, but with us being able to see her teeth it could also be a practiced social smile that she is attempting to fake. Her face shows little or no other negativity... whereas when we normally see contempt we see anything from neutral or negative faces in conjunction with the unilateral lifting of one side of the mouth.

This is a classic case of needing to see video, compared to a picture. We'd need to see expressions before and after this one to see if we could see clusters of gestures and facial expressions that would make things clearer to us.

On aside, look at her free hand and what finger is backed away from the others...

here is another snap from the same day, once again it is hard to tell...

Reese Witherspoon Shakes The Blues For Christmas Cheer!


Embarrassed Woman Being Kissed by a Man

Anytime we turn away from the object of our desire with a smile on our face it is flirting- making him work for it and come and get me if you want me...◦

Monday, December 21, 2009

Good Fear

A massive snow storm hits the Washington Area

A girl enjoys a sled ride in Washington after a major snow storm hit the northeastern United States, December 20, 2009.

Fear is always a good thing, it is what causes it that can be bad.

Fear is our bodies natural reaction to external threats, the body automatically places us on alert. Our eyes widen to take as much in as possible. Our muscles tighten to brace for possible attack. Chemicals in our body are released, including adrenaline, to help us react.

Then it all can change...

A massive snow storm hits the Washington Area

Several seconds after this picture was taken she had to have a smile from ear to ear- it is starting to change right now.◦

Full Sadness

portrait of a sad young man (tungsten)

Notice the eyebrows turning downward, lifeless eyes, and the corner of his mouth turned downward.◦

The Truth About Liars

I first saw this documentary several years ago, it appeared on Canadian television but could not been seen unless you were located in Canada because of public funding.

Watch and see interviews with key researchers in the field and is well done.

The Truth About Liars

It is on a Chinese web site so it may take a while to load, but it is the full 43 minute documentary.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao

U.S. President Obama meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Copenhagen

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a bilateral at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 18, 2009

This pictures is one of those 1,000 words pictures. We see Obama leaning way forward while Jiabao is leaning back.

It has caused many political bloggers and news commentators to offer criticism, in the same way when he bowed to the Japan's leader Wen last month. Many people are quick to state that the President and even the United States- as a superpower is above this type of gesture... and it shows submissiveness...

This picture is different than his bow to Wen- that was a greeting bow and in my opinion is a sign of respect.

Part of the problem is- as we've become more casual in every part of our lives, we've also became a global community where travel and different cultures have never been more intermixed- these gestures can come under criticism.

In the next twenty years our gestures will never be more consistent across borders and seas... We are just going through a transition period where we cannot rely on Ms. Manners guide to state what is currently acceptable behavior/gestures.◦

If You Have Just Started Watching LIE TO ME This Season

If you missed the first season of Lie to Me and love the show, love the science, like this site, you must get the first season!

The first season is more scientific and explanation based than the current season, it is a must have for your DVD collection. There will be an end to the current season and that would be a perfect time to go back and rediscover LIE TO ME again.◦

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy held a press conference

Nicolas Sarkozy and Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva held a press conference in Copenhagen

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy held a press conference at the England Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 17, 2009 during COP15 UN Climate Change Conference.

This type of REGULATOR gesture supports the interaction and communication between two or more people.

Here he is controlling the conversation, palms up with movement to the other invites the other to speak. It is a clear way to turn the conversation to another.◦

Keeping You Safe -

There's a fast growing but controversial security technique now being used by the Transportation Security Administrator to keep you safer, with Paul Ekman in this older video that describes some of the training.

The program gets some bad press because they have not caught a terrorist, but as a result there have been hundreds of arrests for traveling with false documentation.

I believe this a great program and feel safer traveling by air as a result.

Keeping You Safe -

Busted! and Embarrassed

Woman embarrassed in presentation

Friday, December 18, 2009

New Body Language Book: Take Body Language to the Next Level

You Say More Than You Think: Use the New Body Language to Get What You Want!, The 7-Day Plan

So much of the time we are observers and only talk about what has already occurred, but one of the great things about being able to read people is when you are able to take it to the next level and interact with people and use your abilities to help you communicate your message more clearly.

One of the things I mention on the right hand sidebar is to "make sure your family and friends know you care about them by using what you learned here to show them." The way you shake hands with someone, enter a person's personal space, ball your hands into fists when the someone wants to sell you new windows, are all ways that help get you what you want.


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Leg Cross

Businesswomans legs under table during meeting

Crossed legs are a sign that a negative attitude or defensive attitude may be the case. It is a barrier and defensive way to symbolically protecting the genital region. The person may not be open to discussion or new ideas.

It obviously can have slightly different meanings for women, because they are taught to cross legs when wearing skirts and dresses. You can usually judge how neutral or negative the leg cross by how relaxed their legs are...◦

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Party Tips on UK Television

Body language expert Drew McAdam on TV

Body language expert Drew McAdam thinks that recognising the signs can help you find out what your colleagues really feel about you this Christmas.◦

Survivor Samoa: I don't want to ruin it for you

Spoiler Alert

If you do not want to know what is going on, leave before reading on.

61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room

Host Jeff Probst poses in the press room with his Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for 'Survivor' at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

I haven't commented on every show because the producers are doing some creative story telling. We'd call it "omission" or "implied" story lines to develop the characters and the excitement for the show. That is their job...

Russell is not a millionaire and did not make 1.7 million last year, it is part of his strategy so they will take him to the final two. He developed this strategy before even arriving on the island and used it to help determine trustability among those he told this little lie to- which was everyone he had worked a deal with, the producers kept those conversations to themselves. You can see hot spots with Russell when he does tell them he is rich, and you can see it in his over the top contrived anger and how he focuses on the trust issue instead of the information getting out and how he will never get the votes in the end. ;-)◦

Obama, The Party is Over

U.S. President Obama And First Lady depart White House for Oslo, Norway

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart the White House en route to Andrews Air Force Base on December 9, 2009 in Washington. The President and First Lady are traveling to Oslo, Norway to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Someone asked me about Obama's pursed lips in the comments section of a previous post; and I had noticed in the last week he can be seen with pursed lips more and more often. I see it in candid shots in the Presidential limousine, when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, when being interviewed on Sixty Minutes.

U.S. President Obama signs Presidential memorandum for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before signing a Presidential memorandum which moves about $600 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to spur construction and renovation projects at 85 community health centers around the U.S. during a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington on December 9, 2009.

What does this all mean? Well they say when you are the President of the United States you will age drastically in the White House as a result of the stress and enormity of the responsibility and Obama is now understanding that in the last two weeks. Afghanistan and health care (and probably a few other things we are unaware of) are all taking their toll... His usual athletic stride and easy going style are replaced by a more reserved walk. He still flashes his trademark big smile, but not as often; and he is more likely to offer a social smile to the crowd.

Pursed lips are often done unconsciously. It is a sign that he is carefully considering his words and is now more comfortable listening than speaking. It is a sign of some anxiety that he is feeling internally. He always has occasionally pursed his lips, and it is a part of his baseline, the difference is he is doing it more often in the last couple of weeks.◦

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Out of Sync: Did You Hear About the Morgan's Premiere

Did You Hear About the Morgan's Premiere!

Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the Did You Hear About the Morgan’s premiere held at The Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York on December 14, 2009

It is clear to me these two actors are not on the same page, and probably do not like each other.

New York Premiere Of 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Think how you would be in front of the camera, with someone else you care about.

Did You Hear About the Morgan's Premiere!

Even though there are hundreds of photographers attempting to take pictures of the two stars, it is not an excuse for two professional actors to not work together to present a unified picture.

Premiere Of "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" - Arrivals

They are not paying attention to each other are independently focusing their attention in different directions. Think back to some of the biggest couples being photographed by far more photographers and how their focus is much more consistent and their eye and head movements are matching.

Did You Hear About the Morgan New York premiere

I see pictures from almost every movie premiere and the red carpet for award shows photos and I have never seen two people more out of sync... something is up...◦

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is set to leave hospital on Wednesday following a bloody attack that left him with several facial injuries

Quite hard to watch...

I write often about dangerous people and how they look, so those who work in the security fields can pick out possible threats.

This individual was definitely giving off a bad vibe and should have been seen by his security before he was attacked.

Take a look at his facial expression right after the attack, some of the dangerous signals are still present. Be careful, he is not showing fear; he is still showing anger and intensity. Disgust is also present. Given the strength of his anger they have to be thankful he did not have the opportunity to do more harm.◦

2009 Worst Gesture

UPI POY 2009 - News and Features.

Libyan leader Colonel Moamer Kadhafi speaks at the 64th United Nations General Assembly in the UN building in New York City on September 23, 2009.

What a mixed and confused message we see here.

He shows us open hands and palms, which is saying I'm being honest; while at the same time he is showing disgust and contempt in his upper lip. Anger in the eyes and brows...

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Subtle Expression Recognition Training Review of Humintell’s SubX Professional

I have great news for those of us who study facial expressions in real life scenarios.

Here is what is said on the Humintell’s website, “Recent research suggests that learning subtle expressions may be especially important for people who want to get better at detecting deception.

“Learning to be able to identify subtle expressions and microexpressions could improve your ability to detect deception beyond what you might be able to do by chance – to an accuracy rate of 70% or more.”

Subtle Expressions occur when an emotion is first beginning. They also occur when someone is trying to suppress any sign of how they are feeling.

I used the old SETT program that was available via CD-ROM and I was good at detecting subtle expressions, but it wasn’t until doing the online training with the SubX Professional that something just clicked and I can more easily detect subtle expressions in everyday life.

The key is in the delicate differences of subtle expressions from each of the core emotions and their expressions. There are several distinct ways a person could show subtle sadness and it always doesn’t equal just a half version of the full micro expression of sadness.

Every couple of minutes I am rewarded with even clearer understanding of people’s feelings thereby understanding them more- and this is with years of subtle expression training under my belt. It is a testament to how well the training works and translates to the real world.

I have personally spent over 3 ½ hours using the training program in the last month or so and just recently went from being certified as ‘proficient’ to an ‘expert’ (on the fastest speed) and the founder of the company Dr. David Matsumoto, said on Twitter even he can’t get 100%.

As Paul Hogan said in Crocodile Dundee, “ that’s a knife.”

I can now say, “Now that is a training tool!”

Subtle Expression Recognition Training at Humintell

Covering Our Mouth When Laughing

Thinkstock Single Image Set

This is most often done subconsciously when we are laughing at something we feel we should not being laughing at, like another person. We are attempting to suppress the laugh or socially trying to not make the other person feel any worse.

In past eras it was considered rude for a women to laugh in public, so it was often seen with embarrassment.◦

Monday, December 14, 2009

Preview of Tonight's Lie to Me

This episode is the last for a while due to Christmas programming, better not miss it!◦

Layered Voice Analysis Tool Introduction



Serious Discussion

There is slight difference between embarrassment and shame. In this case we are seeing embarrassment because she is also not turning her head and/or eyes away from the other person.◦

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Aggressive Anger!!!

Woman'S Head And Shoulders

The beady eyes, brows coming together, mouth closed, head tilted forward is aggressive anger.

If I saw this facial expression in public, I'd be put on immediate alert. If I were in the Secret Service I would react by alerting fellow agents, and she at the very least would be spoken with (to see if she was a threat to the protectee) and possibly taken off site for an in-depth interview. If I start to see tightness in the mouth I would know things were not going good and violence might be possible, and there would be little time to react because she is waiting for an opportunity to turn violent.◦

Disgraced ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy, Did He Lie on 60 Minutes?

I am only including PART TWO, to see part one please use the link provided below the video.

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Tim Donaghy's bets on NBA games were hugely successfully, but it all came unraveled when he says the mob wanted a piece of the action. And that put him on the FBI's radar. Bob Simon reports.

Did He Lie?

I did see a hot spot, which can be a sign of a deceit. He has come clean, and this is what I saw.

He shows no deception when he states that he didn't call the games so he would win his placed bets...

He is also showing no deception when discussing the NBA and the conduct of the refs...

The only place I became suspious and suspect deception is when he was speaking about the ties to the mafia. He spoke freely throughout the interview, but when being asked questions about the mob, and what was said in the car, things change- he pauses more often and the words do not flow freely.

These verbal “blunders” are called disfluencies. Disfluencies include pause fillers, repeated words, mid-sentence corrections, prolonged vowels and syllables, and silent pauses and often are a sign of deceit. Nervousness and stress can cause them, so can having to think harder to keep stories straight, in everyday conversation they are simply fillers, but any change (more or less) can be a hot spot. Less of them can be a sign of a rehearsed story...

In the video, it would be easy to say this could be a sign of nervousness because they are the mob- I mean they do murder people and do other things that are not pleasant- and I would normally agree with you, except... continue watching the show and you will see more pacifying behaviors when speaking about the NBA than when speaking about the mob; this is a sign he is more uncomfortable with his relationship with the NBA than the Mob.

So what did I see and what does it mean? He is using the stereotype of the mob's violent nature to help explain why he did this, and probably had a more amicable relationship than is implied in the interview.

With all that being said, he is a generally honest guy that has done his time for the crime, has come clean about past wrongs and was one of the most honest people I have seen on 60 minutes in years...◦

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Subtle Sadness

SPD Party Congress

HAMBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: SPD politicians Andrea Nahles (L) and Niels Annen talk to each other during the second day of the party congress of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) on October 27, 2007 in Hamburg, Germany. The Social Democrats continue the meeting with discussions about their future party program after electing the party chairs the previous day.

Whenever we protrude our lower lip, this is a subtle expression of sadness. If it is done consciously it becomes a lip pout.◦

Mekhi Phifer being Interviewed by Fox Alanta


Touching Another's Head

Sixers vs. Pistons

Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson consoles teammate Andre Iguodala after missing a three-point shot against the Detroit Pistons at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Our heads are one of the most protected areas of our body, and allowing another to touch you there is a sign of closeness or shared trust.

My grandmother used to show affection with a simple stoke of my hair as she passed by me when I was sitting at the dinner table.◦

Friday, December 11, 2009

Utah Woman Susan Powell Missing Since Sunday

Utah police are searching for missing Utah woman Susan Powell after she disappeared while her family was camping.

Wow, Wow, Wow. How could this guy be so clueless to be a working man and not know what day of the week it was? Not to mention it was below freezing Sunday night. Susan was last seen at a dinner Sunday evening around midnight. What working man decides on Sunday to go camping.

Onto lie detecting. Notice he doesn't answer the questions, the reporter is putting answers/words in his mouth. Notice the disgust shown on his upper lip.◦

Geisha Subtle Fear

Asian woman

Fear and Surprise are often confused. This is fear because we see way too much of the white in her eyes, we always show more in fear compared to surprise. We can also see fear in her forehead and how her eyebrows are coming closer to each other.

For what it is worth, this picture was staged and had we seen this in a video instead of a picture, we would have noticed the "staged" emotion because she is doing what I call fishing for an emotion. Many people do not know how to fake a true emotional facial expression so they end up giving us a couple of different emotions; those of us trained to detect facial expressions see this as tripping over their emotions- in a couple of seconds they show us a couple of emotions, lasting a beat too long, and not matching in either their eyes and mouth. If you were a detective, and untrained in facial expressions, you'd see whatever you'd thought (your perception) you saw but in reality you only saw 1/3 or 1/2 of it...and move on unrecognizing it as a hot spot.

Who Is Into Who?

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's How To Be Famous Book Launch Gets Low Coverage!

Heidi Montag and her husband Spencer Pratt show off their love for each other as well as for the paparazzi at the Borders Books & Music store in New York City, New York on November 16, 2009 for their new book launch. The two talk about their newest book “How To Be Famous” and their love for being tailed by the photographers.

We lean towards things we like, she is leaning towards him, but he is leaning away from her.

Another thing to look for is the direction of the feet, we point them in the direction we'd like to travel- hers pointing to him, while his is not as clear.

Also notice how he is hiding his thumbs- low confidence.

While he may be a good writer, it appears he doesn't use his body language to his advantage, and it is not matching his message.

On an aside, I may be living in the middle of the heartland, but I never heard of them or know what made them famous...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

2009 Most Discussed Body Language in Politics

UPI POY 2009 - Washington DC

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the fourth day of her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 16, 2009.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor will have a lasting impression and leave her mark in the coming years and decades as she rules on cases that the US Supreme Court hears- yada, yada...

What is interesting and why she receives this award is she introduced "blink rate" to masses as almost every news program discussed her blink rate as she was answering certain questions during her confirmation hearing. Up to this point blink rate was only know to a few select group of researchers, body language experts, and poker players.

If you see a person start to blink at a faster rate you are seeing a person who is under pressure, may be lying, or feeling some sort of anxiety.◦

The Skeptic's Eyebrow

Sweaty Man with a Sour Face

Notice the eyes, staring and somewhat squinting.

Notice the eyebrows, one is higher that than the other.

Someone has said something to him, and now he is reacting and his facial expression conveys that he is questioning and doubting what you are saying to him.

With him pulling his shirt away from his body, it is likely someone has said something like, "boy you smell..."