Nonverbal Communication Analysis №3724: The 2nd Presidential Debate — Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton — Emotional Intelligence and a Profoundly Telling Body Language Signal (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Mr. Trump, with his feet in a wide stance, leans laterally left with his weight shifted, his left arm wide with his left hand is on the back of his chair, his right thumb is hooked inside his belt (or pants) with the remainder of his hand hanging loosely over his central, lower abdomen. Moreover during 57:10 Trump pulls up on his belt-pants in this central region — in a False Adjustment maneuver. He’s also “Whole Body Pointing” toward Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Trump did something similar (but even more dramatic) last November when refuting a story of Ben Carson’s (See: Nonverbal Communication Analysis №3375: Donald Trump Questions Ben Carson’s Stabbing Story).
In body language parlance, this is an example of a “MAP Surrogate” (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) — as well as a variation of a Partial Emblematic Slip. This dramatic act is very out of context for anyone on stage (other than during a true drama/play) and certainly during any kind of a political debate. This a Hyper-Alpha Sexual Display with Donald Trump attempting to project dominance and virility.
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