Press Misinterprets Obama’s Body Language as Making a Peace Sign at Nuclear Security Summit

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The Press got it completely wrong when they plastered a photo of Obama looking like he is  making a peace sign at the Nuclear Security  Summit. At first glance one would think that the President of the United States has  lost it. They would think that gesture was completely inappropriate and unbecoming of a President, who appears to be the only one making such as gesture in the formal photo with other world leaders.

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But after watching the video  of this photo session, you can clearly see that Obama was NOT making the peace sign. Instead he was letting the photographer know that two more people were coming. That is why he held up fingers. In fact his mouth was open in the photo, indicating that he was speaking.You can even see in the phot oabove that Obama is turning to someone  ( like the photographer) and speaking to them.

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Then the press focuses in on the UK Prime Minister David Cameron a who looks like he is shooting Obama a dirty look. This is not the case as well. His facial expression does not show anger. he is simply looking to see who is missing from the photo based on what Obama said. There is no body language facial expression to indicate that he is angry or annoyed as the press mentioned.

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Likewise, there is no angry expression on Italy’s  Prime Minister,Matteo Renzi’s face. Yet the press stated that he was angry with Obama as well.

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Then inside the meeting, the Press made it seem as though David  Cameron was very angry at Obama. But if you examine the photo Obama is pointing his finger at someone to the side of Cameron and  Cameron is not involved in that interaction. Cameron is merely looking ahead. His red face is not due to anger, but to some color he received while vacationing in Lazarote in the Canary islands. Cameron seems to be focused on what is ahead of him, not what is occurring to the side of him.

This is why having an untrained journalist instead of a trained body language expert interpreting  body language of world leaders can be dangerous.

 

Brussels Bombing: BODY LANGUAGE OF TERRORISTS book can help save your life

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Today I woke up to the news that there was a suicide bombing at the American Airlines Desk at the Brussels airport and at one of  the city’s metro stations, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens.The  suicide bomber left behind the chilling scene of splattered blood in the departure lounge as windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed and travelers streamed out of the smoky building. About an hour later, another bomb exploded on a rush-hour subway train near the European Union headquarters.

Terrified passengers had to evacuate through darkened tunnels to safety. In light of these latest  horrible events, there is no question that  people need to know how they can protect themselves. That is why they must arm themselves with the knowledge of what to look for in terms of those who may commit these terrorist  acts of violence. This is why I urge everyone to read the book  Body Language Of Terrorists    http://www.amazon.com/Body-Language-Terrorists-yourself-potential/dp/1929873484   Continue reading

Obama and Castro’s Body Language in Cuba Shows Power Play

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When US President Barack Obama wanted to put his arm around the shoulder of Cuba’s President Raul Castro, Castro was having none of it. No matter what language you speak, the international language of “body language” speaks volumes.

If Obama succeeded in placing his arm around Castro on Live Cuban TV, it would make Castro appear weak  to his citizens. It would give the impression that Obama ( who is a head and shoulder taller than Castro) dominated the get-together and was more powerful than Castro.

Putting your arm around someone’s shoulder shows that you are in control or are more powerful.  That is was what Obama was trying to say with his body language.  It was also way too friendly of a gesture for two countries who have not had an American President on Cuban  soil for almost 80 years. No matter how good a time Obama may have had with his Cuban host, the bottom line is that there is still a lot of pain, tension, and controversy. What Castro was saying by grabbing Obama’s arm and not allowing that arm to touch him was telling Obama that “all is not so well or as good as you think it is.”

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There is no question that Obama felt a little awkward or embarrassed  by Castro’s rebuff. As you can see in the above photo,  his head is bowed down as he waves. If he was feeling less awkward,  his head would have been up while he was waving. His head would have been in the same upward posture as Castro, if  Obama  was feeling more confident in the situation. Obama is still touching Castro’s hand and Castro is ignoring him. Also Castro turns his body away from Obama which also speaks volumes as to how he really feels.

 

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Then Raul Castro takes charge. As Obama is still waving, Castro grabs Obama’s elbow,  pinching him with his thumb as you can see. This is a sign of force as Castro  directs Obama to leave the  stage.

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Castro then extends  his arm and continues his firm grasp on Obama’s arm, which is now at Obama’s side. He is in essence, trying to  push Obama off the stage as Castro has now turned his  own body towards the exit, while Obama is still standing there, with his body  facing forward.

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Now Castro shows that he is definitely  in charge and in control as the host of this meeting and as the President of his country. He walks past Obama, moving directly in front of Obama. Obama looks annoyed by this as you can see  by the expression on his face.  You can also see that Obama’s  arm is at his side and hand is beginning to form into a ball which shows that he is angry at the situation. He is not walking erect with his head up, but his head is bowed down and his shoulders are hunched over which shows that he is not feeling very secure or confident about what has just occurred.

So as far as a power play is concerned Raul Castro clearly showed Obama that he was in charge and in control  and that Obama would have to take a secondary position to him.

Disturbing Body Language of Virginia College Student Sentenced to Hard Labor In North Korea

 

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After watching the videotapes  and analyzing the body language of  U of Virginia student Otto Wambier arrested in North Korea, I noticed some things that were very disturbing that didn’t sit right with me in terms of his body language. Also there were many questions that arose following his capture which leads me to believe he was singled out and used as propaganda against the US. When Otto is seated his facial language shows that he appears alert as you can see in the photo above.

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When Otto is  first seated  during his one hour trial in North Korea his facial language shows that he appears alert and connected as to what is going on.

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When we watch what appears to be evidence of his alleged actions on the video the North Korean court provided, we do not actually see Otto committing the crime. We only see him walking in the direction where there was a banner in front of a wall. Then a photo is shown of the same wall without the banner. But  most important of all, the tape does not show him doing anything to the banner, like taking it down.

Then we see him confessing to his alleged crime where his body language shows fake alligator tears and over the top expressions of grief and sadness as his expressions are fleeting and there is not enough recovery time from one emotion to the next. Ther are also no tears that he is wiping away. Perhaps this over the top performance was designed to get his North Korean judgers to give him some sympathy. It clearly didn’t work.

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His verbal apology sounded fake and forced and contrived as he cried alligator tears. He was theatrical as he stood up and made an over the top performance. A He even blames the US government for putting him up to this , which clearly shows how he has been manipulated by the North Korans. No American  would ever believe that another American would  publicly denounce their government when they are just a tourist in another country and then say that the US government manipulated him into stealing the banner.  s you can see below he was immediately led out by  one Korean guard as soon as the verdict was read.

As you can see below, Otto was immediately led out by  one Korean guard as soon as the verdict was read.

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He also looks to his right  side  as he is lead out of the courtroom by  that one guard. He seems to be uttering something. Is he speaking to the man in the suit standing against the wall? Is he speaking to the cameras pointed in his direction to document his ordeal?

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Then what you see if very disturbing as he is flanked by two robotic looking, emotionless guards. You see him led out with his eyes closed. It is as though he is walking but he is sleeping at the same time. Note  that his head is  initially still up. The color has also left his face as he suddenly  looks very pale.

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Immediately,  his head drops further as though he is unconscious. It is not just that he is looking down. The fact that his head is down so low, sitting on his chest indicates  to me that perhaps he is in some type of altered state. Was he drugged so that he did not shout anything out and reveal his true thoughts and feelings as he was lead away? The guards also notice the sudden change in his body. The one on the left looks directly at him for the first time and the one on the right suddenly turns his head in Otto’s direction as well. Were they expecting to see Otto in his new state? Did they inject him with something that finally revealed it’s effects? Otto’s fingers splayed as well and look way too relaxed for the circumstances he is under.

Did the North Koreans drug Otto to keep him quiet when he was in front of the media? What will his life be like when the drugs wear off? Will he be beaten as was reported to be the case with so many prisoners? Will he be put in isolation away from others or will he be treated well and remain unharmed so that he could be used as a  bargaining chip during any negotiations with the Americans.

There are  many questions that arise following his capture which leads me to believe he may have been singled out and used as propaganda against the US.Having described his  peculiar body language during his trial and frightening body language of being dragged away to a prison camp for 15 years,  many  puzzling questions arise.

1.Why would he take a banner off of a wall?   Where were all the other young people  with him when he was allegedly taking the banner off of the wall when he was allegedly   drinking vodka until 5 AM?  Usually this type of activity would be in a group activity of people getting rowdy  together and destroying and/or taking property. This makes me wonder if in fact this banner was planted in his luggage, especially since he was the last one to have his luggage checked.

2.How was the alcohol so available to him and where were all the other young people  with him when he was allegedly taking the banner off of the wall when he was  drinking vodka until 5 AM?  Since everything is so strict in North Korea,  especially for tourists, was he purposely plied with alcohol?  Was he not with other students when he was drinking? Was he the only one that was given a supply of liquor?  Where are the other students who were allegedly drinking with him just given soft drinks? Why have these fellow students not come forth to be interviewed? And most of all, was he even given liquor at all or is that all a part of the North Korean propaganda machine?

3. Why would he choose to go to North Korea which was supposedly his first trip out of his home country? This was the question posed by an Irish man who was on the same trip with Wombier and who was interviewed by journalists.It certainly is odd that one’s first trip would not be to a dream location like London or Paris or to a study abroad program in South or Central America or even Russia or  China. But to choose a remote location that the State Department warns tourists to not visit, is very odd- especially for young students.

4. The tour operator  was apparently frantically running up and down the plane , according to witnesses telling the stewardess that they were missing Otto, The witness  told reporters “The tour operator eventually got through to Otto on the phone. He said to her that he didn’t want to leave and had a headache and that he wanted to go to hospital.  She  preferred him to get on the plane and go to a hospital in China….He hung up the phone and that was the last they heard of him. There was a frantic search when they landed in China.”

This entire account strikes me as very odd. First of all, how did the tour guide get to Otto on the phone?  Wasn’t his cell phone immediately confiscated when he was detained by guards and how does a technologically  unsophisticated country suddenly have wifi in their airport when it is such a hassle to get wifi in sophisticated airports around the world? Also that is very odd that he allegedly told the tour guide that he didn’t want to leave and wanted to go to a hospital. First of all who would take him to that hospital in North Korea and why did he need a hospital? Was his drink plied with something other than vodka? Why wouldn’t he want to go to a hospital in China  as his tour operator  allegedly suggested where they would seem to have more sophisticated medical assistance than in North Korea? It simply doesn’t make sense to me. Also was this the first time he drank alcohol?  That is doubtful since he was fraternity man at the U of Virginia where drinking often happens as it does in other fraternities around the country. Did he not get sick immediately  if he was allegedly drinking so much? Wouldn’t he have told his tour operator that he was sick before he went to the airport, not after he was already in the airport and being called by the tour operator as was suggested?

5. Another witness on the plane reported that Otto said something to the soldier and then the soldier started yelling at him and dragged him off. This is very, very odd. Why would Otto speak to any soldier or guard and how did he know Korean so well to have a conversation with anyone? Everything is so strict in that country and everything is so monitored with tourists. Thus, it is very odd  that Otto would speak to anyone other than his tour guide or handlers.

6. Regarding  watching all of your p’s and q’s in North Korea,  another person on the tour stated “We were told constantly that the smallest thing was considered a hostile attack.  I bought lots of magazines and books there and we were told not to fold them in a way that creased Kim Jong-un’s face. They said that would be an attack on their country.”

 

Anyone would know that that stealing a banner is a lot more of a hostile attack in a restricted country than  creasing Kim Jong un’s face in a magazine photo. As someone who was described as “bright” by those who knew him and as a U of Virginia college student, one would know that. One would obviously know that taking anything from North Korea, especially something you did not pay for was a hostile act. So it make you wonder if Otto really committed this hostile act or if it was simply contrived – made up by the North Koreans?

This  leads me to wonder if this young man was being used by the  North Korean officials  to use as an example of propaganda to their people to illustrate just  how bad Americas are in  terms of their drinking and stealing property.

Did the Koreans single him out when he entered the country?  Did they slip him something in his drink to make him ill?  Did they steal the banner and plant it in his luggage,  since he was conveniently the last person to go through the airport security ? Did the Korean’s  plan it this way ? Was there someone forcing him to tell the tour operator that he wanted to stay in North Korea and go to a hospital there? Did he even say that he wanted to stay in North Korea or go to the hospital or was that information that was manufactured ?

The entire scenario seems odd to me and his body language seems to reflect that oddness. His over the top delivery with rhetoric any Westerner  would quickly knows was  a “forced to say” confession. Then, his complete change in demeanor whereby he seems drugged or unconscious,  as he is abruptly dragged away by two robotic expressionless guards, raises suspicion.

The entire scenario is frightening and evidence that every American MUST listen to The U.S. State Department who has repeatedly  warned against travel to North Korea. American visitors who ignore this warning to not travel there are  at great risk  of breaking the North Korea’s strange and seeming ridiculous  and  petty rules. They  risk detention, arrest , and lengthy jail sentences. Although most have eventually been released, the process is a lengthy and an expensive one. They may also die in captivity based on the harsh conditions they will be exposed to such as hard physical labor. They are also at risk of dying at the hands of unsympathetic and inhumane guards.Finally, they are jeopardizing the government’s time, energy,  and finances as it takes a lot of money and effort to negotiate for their release.

The bottom line is stay away from North Korea, especially if you  an American.

Dr. Lillian Glass Always Maintains Her Integrity When It Comes to Body Language Analysis

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Today I just got a call from a  magazine journalist asking me what I thought about some celebrity photos. These particular batch of  photos were of Blake Shelton and some  dark haired woman. They wanted to know if  Blake was cheating on his latest love Gwen Stefani and if there was anything going on between him and this woman in the photo.

As I looked at the photos it was clear  to me that there was nothing going on  with Blake and this dark haired woman, except  for a warm friendship between the two . I determined that based on their mutual facial expressions, the distance they appeared towards one another and their arm and body position.

So when the journalist called me back to discuss my findings  on several of these photos, I told the truth. I informed the journalist that  because Blake’s arm was over the woman’s shoulder and there was so much distance between them in the photos and based on their facial expressions, there appeared to be nothing more than just warm friendship between the two.

Apparently my evaluation was not enough for  the reporter. She wanted more,  so she pressed and pressed me with more and more questions like” Don’t you think the average person who is not a body language expert would think there was something going on between these two?” I answered , ‘No, not at all.Everyone can see  from these photos that they seem like good friends and that there are no signs they are romantic with one another.” That was not the answer she wanted to hear as she  continued to rephrase her question to get some tiny snippet from me that something could possibly be going on so she could spin it  the way she wanted for her magazine.

Knowing exactly what she was doing, I called her out on it. I said, “I know exactly what you are trying to do. You need a sensational story to entice your audience, but I can’t participate in that.

She then ignored what I had to say and tried another way to ask the question. finally told her that I always keep my integrity when I do my body language analysis so there was no way I could help her spin the story the way she wanted it. I also told her that I thought it was unfair to do this to Blake and try and conjure something up. She then said that she appreciated my honesty.

As hung up the phone, I was really disturbed by this.  Just days earlier at the Grammy’s Blake was seen with his love Gwen Stefani where it was obvious based on his body language that he and Gwen were intimately involved with one another . As you can see they seemed happy and in love and involved as Gwen sits between Blake’s legs as they held on to one another with glowing genuine smiles.

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Know that I will never allow myself to be manipulated for any story just so a journalist could spin it a certain way. This is not  the first time this has happened to me and I am sure it won’t be the last.

A few years ago,  I had a regular monthly column for Cosmopolitan Magazine where I did body language analyzes of celebrities and discussed what was really going on between the lines. All too often, whenever I would pitch a story for a new issue, I was met with the news that I had to tone something down  becuase the magazine couldn’t run  my story because the celebrity might get upset or that they would be appearing on the cover and the magazine  wouldn’t want to ruin their relationship with that particular celebrity , who may in turn. cancel out on appearing on the cover. That was surprising and very disappointing news for me to hear. As a journalist, I was trained to report in what ” IS” not what you “WANT the story to be.”

Today I was asked to comment on another story for a popular online publication who also shares my view of keeping it real and not spinning things. So I  openly gave them my observations  on a  celebrity couple’s body language. In the past whenever they asked me for a body language analysis, if I found nothing of significance, they would eliminate the potential the story and not try to manufacture it. This is something I both appreciate and respect.

I will never compromise my integrity and professional reputation for any price in the world. Nothing means more to me than telling the truth and presenting things as they are.Whenever I lend my name to a body language analysis, rest assured that it has been given careful thought and complete scrutiny.

 

 

 

 

 

Body Language Better Predictor than Algorithms to Determine Breakups

Apparently there is a mathematical formula which will tell you the likelihood of whether couples will stay together or  breakup. The reality is that you don’t need an app, online  site or mathematical formula to tell  the future of your relationship.

Instead, you can tell what will happen  in your future just by paying close attention to the way you and your partner communicate and the status of your body language when you are together.

Your relationship is doomed if  someone:

  1. doesn’ t speak to you with respect or politeness
  2.  constantly puts you down
  3. is contentious and contradicts what you say
  4. says mean things followed by I was only kidding
  5.  doesn’t support you in your goals
  6. belittles your opinions and belief system
  7. doesn’t engage in a mutual back and forth conversation
  8. self absorbed communication focusing on themselves and not you
  9. leans away from you
  10. doesn’t give you physical contact
  11. shys away from physical and verbal affection
  12. doesn’t use terms of endearment when they speak to you
  13. toes  do not point in your direction when they speak to you
  14. not looking at you when they speak to you
  15. there is a lot of physical space between you
  16. one walks in back of the other
  17. raises their voice to you
  18. speaks in a monotone
  19. uses vulgarities towards you
  20. doesn’t provide physical comfort when you need it

So if you keep your eyes and ears open and trust your instincts,  you will always know the status of your relationship at any given time.

 

 

 

Martin Shkreli’s Arrogant Body Language Will Do Him In During His Trial

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As a litigation consultant who helps people prepare for court cases so they can best present themselves in front of a jury, as  as well as being  someone who helps select I can assure you that after seeing  the body language and how pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, the man  who gouged prices drugs, acted in front of Congress, he will never succeed in front of a jury.

While he had every right to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights, his arrogant body language spoke volumes about him. It left a lot to be desired .

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His crossed arms indicated defiance as did his smug facial expression. He repeatedly read from a piece of paper which stated  that he was invoking his Fifth Amendment rights to not incriminate himself  and therefore refused to answer any question that was posed to him..

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His inappropriate smiles and his looking around the room instead of facing ahead and respectfully acknowledging those who were speaking, will raise ire among jurors if he exhibits those behaviors in a court of law.

Martin Shkreli  is the one who  hiked the price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750 and showed no sympathy or compassion when asked how it would affect others who needed the drug but who could not afford it. The drug at the center of  the questioning is  Daraprim, used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that affects those with weakened immune systems.

Even though he is 32 years old, he acted like an immature 1o year old as he  continued to smirk and grin as he refused to answer any question, with the exception of his name. But he managed a disrespectful tweet right after leaving the hearing, tweeting “Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.

Shkreli is accused of  repeatedly losing money for investors and lying to them and illegally taking assets from one of his companies to pay off debtors in another, running his company like a Ponzi scheme where he used each subsequent company to pay off defrauded investors from the prior company, according to  Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers.

When he does go to court, if she shows this arrogant and immature behavior, there will be no mercy or sympathy towards him from either a judge or a jury. He may end up with the same fate as another  infamous Ponzi Schemer, Bernard Madoff, who is  now serving 150 years in prison. Then Mr. Shkreli will find out who is the real “imbecile.”