Huma’s Body Language: Anthony Weiner Wife Shows Nonverbal Cues
Huma Abedin is in a terribly difficult situation with her husband Anthony Weiner. Recently Abedin and her husband spoke at a press conference. I think Abedin’s body language is interesting. Here she is trying to describe her struggle to forgive her husband and Weiner stands by to hear her speak. It gives us an interesting glimpse of some tense body language. I thought we could use this clip as a way to test our body language reading skills.
I recommend you watch the clip below and see what you notice and see if they match up to what I picked up on. Please feel free to add anything I missed in the comments.
Here are some interesting cues I noticed:
As Anthony Weiner describes peoples “natural curiosity” to this period in his life, Abedin shows a clear microexpression of contempt. I believe she is trying to smile, but really feels contemptuous of the invasion of privacy and the entire period (rightly so).
Right as Abedin begins speaking, Weiner covers his mouth. We learn in my body language and human lie detection courses that this is what people do when they subconsciously want to hold something back. I think he did this because he was nervous about what Abedin was about to say and subconsciously–or even consciously wished it didn’t have to be said.
Weiner begins to put his hand on Abedin’s back but then quickly crosses his arms. I think this is mirroring his defensive and self-protective attitude. They are trying to be upfront, but I think this shows he feels quite vulnerable.
You also see Abedin make a small microexpression of anger (in the eyebrow region) right after she says “a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony.” She actually subtly shakes her head no right after she says this along with the microexpression of anger. I don’t believe she has forgiven him, or at least still has a lot of anger.
Once again we see contempt after Abedin says “I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage.”
I did see a lot of sadness throughout on both Abedin and Weiner’s faces.
As soon as Anthony Weiner started taking questions, he went into battle stance. Instantly going on the defensive against reporters.
8. Lip Pursing
We talk about in my body language course how lip pursing is done when people hold back or withhold information. Weiner did a lot of lip pursing during the Q&A especially when specific questions were asked.
Please feel free to add anything I missed in the comments.
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