After the heated debate… What does a body language expert say about Biden and Trump?

The well-known body language and nonverbal communication expert, Joe Navarro, believes that the debate between the US President, Joe Biden, and the former president seeking to return to the White House, Donald Trump, revealed secrets and revealed many hidden things without the need to listen to the statements and arguments of the competitors in the upcoming elections. .

Navarro, who worked for the FBI for 25 years, explained in an article published in the magazine:Politico“American, that the body language of politicians “does not lie,” while they are able to manipulate facts and words.

According to Reuters, nearly 48 million people watched the presidential debate between Biden and Trump. The figure indicates that the final audience number will be about a third less than the 73 million people who followed the first debate between the candidates in 2020.

This will be among the three lowest-rated presidential debates since 1976.

The relatively small number compared to previous debates in election cycles may be an indication of weak voter enthusiasm for both candidates.

The number does not include the full range of online viewers, as online viewing has grown in popularity as traditional TV audiences have shrunk.

Biden’s Walk

According to Navarro, the follower did not obtain more information regarding what was previously known about both Biden and Trump, but body language may reveal clearer and honest facts and information.

The beginning was with the Democratic President entering the debate stage, as Biden entered first, so that his “stiff walk with small steps immediately showed the extent of his advanced age.”

The expert believed that, contrary to what is rumored, this “is not necessarily a catastrophic sign of mental deterioration,” adding: “As we age, we lose a lot of nerve sensitivity that helps us maintain our balance, and these nerves do not always affect cycling or swimming. But it affects the way we walk and walk.”

Although Navarro was not surprised that a handshake did not occur between the two opponents, the fact that this traditional contact did not occur in previous debates is “a clear indication and evidence of the existence of divisions within American society.”

He stressed that the handshake between the two men “would have sent a non-verbal message of mutual respect, at least to the American viewer.”

Glow and paleness

On the other hand, the American expert noted that the paleness of the current president’s skin compared to his Republican competitor may affect him, adding: “Some may think that this is a superficial and normal matter, but it can make a big difference.”

He continued: “Biden was as pale as a white bed sheet, while Trump appeared to be glowing as if the sun’s rays had reflected on his skin.”
To illustrate the importance of this, Navarro said, “Just think of how disheveled and pale Richard Nixon looked next to a young, dark-skinned senator named John Kennedy in the first televised debate in 1960.”

He stressed that people naturally sense health, vitality, and energy in a tanned (bronze-colored) face, and therefore this is another indication that “Biden seemed somewhat weak.”

“Solid as a statue”

Moving on to another point, Navarro said he has been watching Biden since the 1990s, but in this debate he looked “very stoic, like a statue,” referring to his lack of movement and body expressions, compared to Trump.

He added that Biden, in the first 40 minutes in particular, lacked movements and gestures, in contrast to the former Republican president, who caught the viewer’s attention with dynamic hand movements and aggressive finger pointing that supported his arguments, which made him appear more active.

“Body language speaks volumes, but Biden’s book was full of blank pages,” he continued. “Maybe it’s because he wanted to be respected and listened to. But it could also be because as we age, our gestures become less and less. Biden’s nonverbal communication did nothing to counter accusations that his age was catching up with him.”

eye language

As for the language of the eyes, Navarro explained that the twitching of the eyelids was present among the competitors, but for different reasons and at different times during the debate.

Biden, according to the American expert, had the luxury of rolling his eyelids when he felt he had made a mistake while presenting his argument and evidence, and thus that movement was an expression of frustration, adding: “A common behavior for people who stutter.”

In Trump’s case, “the eyelid twitching was not so much an expression of inner frustration as of outer contempt,” as he resembled the famous American star, Jack Nicholson, in the movie “A Few Good Men,” whose eyelids would twitch whenever he was asked a difficult question while sitting on the witness stand in court scenes.

He added: “In general, Trump was the most expressive through the language of the eyes, but not in a good way. When he hears something he doesn’t like, he lowers his eyelids forcefully.”

Navarro considered this to be an adaptive behavior, citing the example of touching one’s face to relieve temporary stress, which is considered “a way to calm oneself.”

As for arching the eyebrows, this is often a sign of appreciation and reverence, as when you raise your eyebrows if you meet a friend on the street, but with Trump, it is different. Raising the eyebrows does not express surprise, but rather annoyance or doubt.

Pursed lips

Since his appearance on television, Trump has displayed strange behavior that reveals feelings of disagreement, hatred, or contempt, and this was shown many times during the debate by pursing his lips.

Navarro pointed out that most people purse their lips when they hear something they don’t like or that disagrees with their values ​​and opinions, adding: “This is a behavior that is deeply ingrained in the human psyche.”

He added, “I have observed the same behavior in children who were born blind. It is a type of involuntary spasm that others can benefit from in several matters, such as when conducting business negotiations, or even a presidential debate.”

“Tushin” smile

Navarro also stressed that Trump was resorting to what he likes to call the “false, perverted smile,” which is negative and insincere behavior.

He explained that in the Duchenne smile, “a very real smile,” there is an additional contraction of the eye circle, which leads to wrinkling of the skin around the eyes.

But with a Trump smile, the lips are tightly compressed, the mouth joints are pulled tightly up and to the side, and the eyebrows are arched very high.

“This makes the smile seem forced, and is intended to nonverbally deflect the verbal attack,” Navarro added. “It’s a way of pretending that something doesn’t hurt, when in fact it does.”

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