Body Language Analysis 4131: Michael Flynn’s Clandestine Plans — Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)
Lawyers for Michael Flynn recently notified President Trump’s legal team that they will no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation. This is seen by most as an indication that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with Robert Mueller’s team or he’s in the process of negotiating with them.
The photo above (and close-up below) of Michael Flynn was taken at the White House on Monday, 13 February 2017 — moments prior to President Donald Trump’s and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s joint press conference.
These were also the last hours of Flynn’s historically short (24 days) tenure as National Security Advisor. Later that day, Flynn was forced to resign after information became public that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Sergey Kislyak — who was at the time, Russian ambassador to the U.S. On 26 and 27 January, Sally Yates had informed White House counsel Don McGahn, that Flynn had misled Pence regarding his communications with Kislyak and was susceptible to blackmail by Russian operatives.
From a nonverbal perspective, the particular expression on Micheal Flynn’s face is worth a trillion dollars.
Flynn’s mouth and lips are configured in what is known as a “Lip Purse” — and more specifically, a “Forward Lip Purse” (not to be confused with a Lateral Lip Purse — which has a completely different meaning).
A forward lip purse is a signal of Clandestine Plans and/or Clandestine Disagreement. Crucially, it is only displayed by individuals who perceive themselves to be significantly alpha relative to another’s beta status.
Those who make this expression may, in fact, voice some disagreement, at least a portion of it — however if they do so, you can be absolutely sure they are withholding a large portion of their dissidence.
Moreover, a person using the forward lip purse believes they have a relatively good chance of implementing their plan. With this in mind, it’s noteworthy that Michael Flynn was looking at Jared Kushner when he made this face (that’s the President’s son-in-law and senior advisor in the left foreground of the photo).
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