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Presidential Candidate Body Language: Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton

What can we gather from tonality and gestures of the candidates in their campaigns?  It is an interesting question to ponder.  John McCain often uses his voice in a monotone fashion and lowers it, which is typical for alpha males.  When women speak, they often change levels in pitch and volume and infuse more emotion into their speech then men.  Therefore we should naturally expect Hillary Clinton to be more expressive for the simple reason that she is a woman.  But how does Barack Obama compare?  Well, he is someplace in between.  He is much more expressive then John McCain but not as expressive as Hillary.  Overall, women find men who are more expressive more appealing then men that are typically monotone, although respect and leadership qualities are often attributed to those with deeper voices.  Hillary therefore is at a distinct disadvantage in this department.  The research also shows that deeper voices are more believable, trustworthy, and authoritative.  If Hillary were to attempt a deeper voice, it would carry across a room poorly, it might even appear angry or screechy.

Also note how Obama’s voice is rhythmic and hypnotic as a preacher would address his congregation.  His voice emphasizes certain words and draws them out.  His speech is not unlike Martin Luther King’s style in his speech “I Have a Dream”.  He pauses frequently to allow the crowd to stir or cheer.  Pausing is a way to control the audience, it is a powerful tool that can be used by regular people who which to appear dominant.  The person pausing lacks any fear of being cut off by those surrounding him.

What can be said about the language of their bodies?  It’s fairly obvious that McCain is much more rigid, but this is due to injuries sustained from war and age.  He uses his arms far less then Obama and this can come off as less expressive.  McCain’s arm movements are more deliberate and controlled though, which is typical of leader’s.  Along with his voice, McCain demonstrates stability, control and safety whereas Obama conveys dynamic change.  You might also note that Obama frequently looks down his nose at people.  The head is tilted back and the eye appears to look through the nose (almost God-like).  This is a very egotistical posture to hold and is elitist.  It is what a wealthy person might do in the presence of a beggar.

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How to Read Body Language: Cops and Thugs

Cops and Thugs

I was watching one of the stereotypical “Cops” shows the other day and noticed that it was a great way to examine body language.  Particular body language that seems to be prominent is aggressive, defiant and authoritative language.  I posted this clip (be warned strong language and content) because it is loaded with key information delivered non-verbally.  The verbal language is prominent, yes, but if I was the officer I would focus my mind more on what sorts of gestures the suspect was imparting and adjust my tactics accordingly.  In order, here is what I noticed followed with its hidden meaning: 1) Immediately going into an arm cross but catches himself and backs off – blocking off outside views 2) A jabbing motion with his arms and fingers – figurative spearing. 3) His right hand is in his pocket – hiding something or defensive, uncomfortable or protective 4) Arms crossed – closed and defensive 5) Fight – self explanatory.  You can stop after the tussle because the rest is ruthless.  I wonder if the cop was better able to read body language, if he could have avoided the fight altogether.

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