Lance Armstrong’s Body Language on Oprah Showed No Contrition, Lack of Emotion, Blaming Others, and Possible Sociopathic Behavior

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Lance did NOT want to give this interview based on his body language as he constantly pursed his lips throughout this interview. In addition

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He would constantly look down and not look directly at Oprah when she asked direct hard hitting questions. There was a tone of arrogance and a disturbing monotone which indicated that the only thing he was sorry about was getting caught.

Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong was one of the most disturbing things to watch as the one thing that kept running though my mind was” Is Lance Armstrong a Sociopath?”  Here are some traits of a sociopath

a) Glibness 

b)Grandiose sense of self-worth

c) Pathological Lying 

d)Cunning/manipulative

e) Lack of remorse or Guilt 

f)  Shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived

g)Callousness; lack of empathy

h)Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

It seems that Lance exhibited all of these traits when one listens to his interview.

When Oprah asked Lance Armstrong if he felt what he did was wrong or if he felt guilty or if he felt he CHEATED  he said NO!  That was the most chilling and revealing part of the entire interview. It made me wonder if this man was a sociopath.

He seemed to blame everyone else but himself.  He first blamed the culture, his fans, the story which was too good to be true to a cyclist who had the disease who won the competition. He also  the fact that he had the disease (as he refused to say cancer) that made him feel driven. He blamed his mother for being a fighter and said he was a fighter too.  He blamed fellow cyclist  Floyd Landis’ accusation as getting back at him because he wasn’t on the team.

What was also disturbing was he kept  referring to himself in the third person as a “flawed character instead of saying that his character was flawed. It was a form of distancing himself.

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As further indication that he really  didn’t want to  be there and talk was a tell tale sign of  his  head scratch. His autonomic nervous system was in full play here as it showed that he was getting anxious as Oprah asked ” How did it all work?”

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Here we see Lance putting his fingers over his mouth indicating that he is guarded and doesn’t really want to talk.

His thought process also seemed sociopathic. When you ask a sociopath a question they may answer it one way such as Did you threaten anyone to take drugs? Lance insisted that he did not. But then when you ask the question another way like  Did you insist the members of the team see Dr. Ferrari ( who allegedly provided the drugs) he answered yes.  In keeping with this sociopathic line of thinking he was asked if fellow cyclist  Floyd Landis who spoke to the press about Lance’s doping felt rebuffed? Lance said No. But then when asked in a different way, if  he blew Landis off, Armstrong admitted that he did indeed blow Floyd off as he said that Floyd was upset because ” I didn’t put him on my team.”This  thought process is how sociopaths tend to think.

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When Oprah showed his deposition tapes you clearly saw how he was lying as he shook his head yes when he was saying No.

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When he was watching himself we he discomfort as he swallows hard and we see his jaws clenching.

he blatantly lies when he states to Oprah that he never failed a test. Then in his sociopathic thought  process he admits that retroactively he failed a test.

He tended to minimize what happened by saying “all this is a process.’ Again it was a form of distancing himself from what is happening with him.

When he said he is happier today than he ever was and Oprah confronted him and he back pedaled a sickening feeling came over me as I wondered again if he was a sociopath.

When asked why he sued people when he knew they were right and when I heard his monotone rote answer it once again made me wonder about sociopathy in relation to blaming others. He then talked about feeling attacked so he sued . He called one of his accusers a Bitch and Crazy but then says that he never called her fat. This was one of the most disturbing moments as you see is pathological thought process in action as he made it OK and justifies his actions of name calling because he didn’t use all three insults but only two.Oprah appeared to be disturbed by this as well.

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There was a lot of chin itching and scratching which indicated that  was not happy about being confronted about his actions  in such a detailed manner. he blames his comeback for causing all of his troubles and tells Oprah that they wouldn’t be sitting there if he didn’t have a comeback.Once again his statement smacked of sociopathy.

Screen Shot 2013-01-17 at 10.13.10 PMHis anger could be seen in his clenched jaw where his muscles protruded  along with his lower jaw as he said that he wouldn’t be  there if  it wasn’t for his comeback.

This interview did not help Lance Armstrong’s image. In fact it made it worse. We saw arrogance, defiance, anger, blame, and someone who really needs to be out of the public eye in my view. In my view he is a very disturbed individual who is very TOXIC!

Part two will focus on his charity, his sponsors,  and his family and how this has affected them so stay tuned for some more  behavior analysis and body language analysis.

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21 Responses

  1. When I saw how aggressively (and convincingly) he went after those who spoke the truth–calling THEM liars, degrading them, tarnishing their reputations, suing them, even trying to convince the public that one cyclist’s wife was “crazy”, a “whore” a “liar” when she bravely spoke the truth…and then you look at the clips of his adamant, convincing denials of any drug taking over the years..yeah, he’s definately a cluster B personality disorder. No question. He even sickeningly plays upon the publics sympathy by hiding behind cancer “Being a cancer survivor, I would NEVER take drugs. I’d NEVER put that stuff in my body. On behalf of cancer survivors everywhere, how dare you question me on this?” Sooo manipulative. He’s another Casey Anthony, OJ Simpson, Jodi Arias. This is what sociopaths do. They do WHATEVER it takes to serve them. Lying is a way of life. These are pathologically selfish people. WHATEVER means whatever. If killing someone serves them, they’ll do that too. And just as easily lie about it, concoct stories that paint them in a good light and fool people. They are superb liars because they truly have no remorse. No guilt. Most people can’t understand that level of pathology. It’s not like they sometimes feel no guilt. They NEVER feel remorse, or guilt, or responsability. Never in their entire lives. The only thing they feel is a ruthless entitlement to get their way. They only act contrite to conceal their true nature…which would shock most people.

  2. I just want to say before I read this, I want to send a big FAT THANK YOU to Lance Armstrong for saying (errr allowing) that people Have The Right to be “upset”
    One more thing, (U rubbing off on us Dr. Glass.) Notice how Lance said he wasn’t in control of two things in his life?
    - cancer
    -”and this”
    I just want to say this, read and come back later to read comments.

  3. P.s. thank you for telling us ppl have a right to be upset. Glad u approve (eye roll)

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  6. This guy is a total nut. Makes me think worse of 1 of my favorite singers of all time, Cheryl Crow, for loving him so much. How could she! This is a sick, sick narcissistic man. No doubt, the moment he said “I called her a bitch and crazy but I never called her fat” is one of the most disturbing moments I’ve ever seen on TV from a supposedly sane person. Livestrong.org is on the ropes for sure now and it’s all his fault.

    • kate Gosselin is the same way. She has almost all the signs that dr. glass listed for lance.

    • She didn’t love him THAT much. She wised up and gave him the heave ho!

  7. When I watched the interview, I thought Lance was trying to show us how he was able to justify in his own mind his ability to deny the accusations that people were making against him. By saying he called the cyclist’s wife a bitch and crazy, but not fat, he is able to say their statement is wrong. A lawyer would say the same thing – it’s either all or none. It wasn’t about the fact that he didn’t call her “fat” -as if that would have been even worse, it was how he was able to live with his denials – she wasn’t telling the whole truth. Lance was trying to explain how he justified it to himself – not that he felt he was a better man for not saying she was fat.

  8. Wow,Dr.Glass, I missed all that which goes to show how easy it is for the average person to be fooled by sociopaths. Or rather some sociopaths. Casey Anthony is easier to spot than Armstrong. But, he did smile a little when saying he didn’t feel he was cheating and that was worrisome.

    Please relate your thoughts on part two of the interview.

  9. I don’t know sh*t about body language but it was obvious to me he was an arrogant pathological liar and had No Contrition, Lack of Emotion, Blaming Others, and Possible Sociopathic Behavior. Nevertheless, this blog entry was great and many people do recognize your skill, I’ll be looking more at your work, thank you for this analysis.

  10. Lance only cares about Lance !
    Opra , paid him a big check to just sit and lie blaming others.
    This man displays scandalous behavior and should be stripped of all titles and tropheys including his tight black bicycle shorts .

  11. Dr Glass.
    Please stop with the botox or whatever you are doing! You don’t even look like the same person. Saw you on 20/20. YOU DON’T EVEN LOOK LIKE YOU!
    AMERICA LOVES YOU FOR YOU. I MEAN THIS IN THE NICEST WAY POSSIBLE!

    • Dear Eager Reader,
      No Botox and no fillers have been used on my fac. That I can assure you.I am the same person with shorter bangs and me doing my own makeup for a last minute interview. lol I will take your comment as an indirect compliment.

  12. Dr Glass, recently I watched this 3min video of Lance Armstrong (http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=ZxkULBtpF3s&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZxkULBtpF3s) Oprah Interview. I’d appreciate if you can explain this incongruity I spotted. In this video, Right abut 1:51min Oprah asks “did it feel wrong ?” and Lance says “No.”….but he constantly kept nodding his head YES. It seems like an unconscious “Yes” to me. What do you think ? He even talk to himself (eye movement bottom left) and proceeds nodding his head “YES” as he verbally says “No”. What are your thoughts?

    I’d appreciate your explanation :)

  13. Dr Lillian Glass are you going to veiw the actor Gene Rosen and his body language which screams lying!! Surely you can see it too??

  14. I’m curious if body language works in detecting lies by sociopaths? On most people, yes. But does body language interpretation (or lie detector machines) work on people with no conscience or guilt whatsoever?

    • Yes it does. they usually leak out specific tells which I will discuss in my new book “The Body Language fo Liars.

  15. Will you ever do something regarding Jodi Arias?

  16. Dr Lillian please do a blog about the South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

  17. The interview was so troubling to watch. To think how he lavished all the undue attention and is actually angry that it’s gone away. He doesn’t think he’s responsible at all. Total sociopath. I think you could write an entire book on him alone. FYI, I love your book Toxic Men. I have it so marked up, it’s pathetic.

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