Body Language of Deception
The key concept here is that "Eye Blinking" varies
with content and emotions...whether someone is lying or NOT.
The most anxiety as measured by eye blinks was
when speaking of misleading people and regret.
(When he originally lied a high stakes lie.)
The least anxiety was when he was angry and discussed
his not asking anyone to destroy evidence and his
lapse in judgment.
Yet in all cases, in real time, he was telling the truth.
Again, I want to point out that this is not a personal
indictment of the President. The price he paid was
enormous and the deceptions he told had no impact on the
country, the military, the economy, in contrast to the
lies Nixon, Bush and Obama have told.
President Clinton was simply someone whose behavior
I studied at a level that no human should probably study
another human. Of all the living Presidents I'd most
like to meet and have a drink with, Clinton would be my choice...and I would be
fine if he'd slap me for having done the analysis
over a decade ago in the first place.
Before going deeper into Eye Blinking, you should
know that your personal biases cloud your judgment
in what should be objective body language analysis.
I believe that in all real-time analyses of celebrities
and political figures, I've been historically accurate
in what I've reported.
The track record is, in part, because I don't do media
appearances and offer analysis on individuals I have
strong feelings about, positive or negative. This is
why I chose not to discuss David Letterman's situation
a while back. Letterman has given me more laughter
and, in return, I didn't want to offer an opinion to the
Similarly, I haven't been a fan of our last two Presidents, so
I am hesitant to communicate much about either. I am biased.
Objectivity and impartiality matter a great deal
in commenting on someone else's life.
When I did the analysis of Clinton's initial denial of
the affair, I had no real opinion of the President. I
basically viewed politics at the time as a time when
blessedly no one was spending tax money. (All that
would happen with Bush and Obama.)
By the time
Clinton was out of office and had been punished mercilessly
by the Republicans, I had grown to be disgusted with
my political party and I had become embarrassed to
call myself a Republican. I haven't since.
Eye Blinking has been scientifically studied, and
indeed has been correlated in certain situations with lying and anxiety.
What causes eye blinks to slow down?
Cognitive Demand means when something makes you think really
hard, your blink rate will slow down. It also
means that when you are not in deep thought or
calculation, your eye blink level will increase.
It is unlikely that someone will blink a great deal
when they are CONSTRUCTING a complex lie.
Creating fiction requires a lot of thought. Eye blink
rate reduces when creating fiction.
Now, once the lie is told, you can notice a burst
of eye blinks.
Such a flurry of eye blinks occurs at 1:20 in the
video you looked at indicated that anxiety or
deception was likely to be high in the comments
immediately preceding that.
Another flurry happens at 1:29 indicating high
anxiety or deception about the preceding couple
The final flurry in the time you and I looked at
the video comes at 2:00. 8 blinks in 2 seconds.
I'll let you go back and do your own analysis and
draw your own conclusions. Remember there is a
teleprompter running and what you THINK is
causing the anxiety as preceding the flurries
COULD just as easily be triggered anxiety by
the content immediately to follow.
This is why speeches with only a camera in a room
are very difficult to analyze in contrast to communication
where others are giving verbal and nonverbal feedback.
Lying is a very cognitively demanding task!
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