Canning’s Body Language Tells Its Own Story

March 14, 2014


Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:43 AM EDT

Updated: Mar 14, 2014 3:34 PM EDT

 Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) -As the Rachel Canning story continues to develop, we still haven’t heard from the teen about how she’s handling this whole situation.While many have speculated about Rachel’s mood, actions and behavior both in and out of the court house, no one really knows for sure. So, in an attempt to get a better understanding of how the young-lady is feeling, body language expert Julie Theroux chimed in to discuss the impressions that Rachel’s movements are giving out.

“A couple of key things really jumped out at me. Number one, she demonstrates the body language of a very defiant teenager…There were certain things that she did in court that were involuntary, such as the teenager eye-roll. At one point the judge said ‘when you grow up and become an adult, you may change your mind,’ while she rolled her eyes, because as a teenager you think that things are very black and white. The other thing that she does is she puffs up her chest, she looks angry and she covers her mouth a lot. The one thing that concerned me about this is that she’s surrounded by people who are talking for her and the fact that she’s covering her mouth so much makes me wonder if she’s really being manipulated,” she explained.

Rachel Canning Covers Mouth with both hands

Rachel Canning Covers Mouth with both hands

So the question remains, is Rachel Canning the victim or the antagonist? Theroux explains more about why she feels like Rachel is the one being influenced.

“What gives me that impression is the way her attorney acts in court, the way she’s surrounded by others when she’s walking into the court room and walking out. Now, they may think that this is moral support, but if you take a look at the overall picture, and especially the body language—she covers her mouth, she’s not allowed to talk…she covers her mouth with both fists, and it’s interesting because her mother will cover her mouth at the same time, so it’s like the two of them really want to talk to each other, but they’re not being allowed to or for some reason at this point they can’t. So to me when I was reading her body language, she had a lot of pent up frustration. She acted like she was mad, not only at what’s going on with the parents, but the fact that she doesn’t feel like she’s in control,” Theroux said.

Elizabeth Canning mirrors her daughter's body language in court

Elizabeth Canning mirrors her daughter’s body language in court

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Eyes of a Killer – Joran Van Der Sloot

March 10, 2014

Below is a picture of Joran Van Der Sloot.   He pled guilty in Peru to the murder and robbery of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez, who died in the Peruvian capital Lima on May 30, 2010.  He is also the accused murderer of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.  This is a good example of what you see in the eyes of a killer – DEAD EYES.


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Did You See This? Pentagon studies Vladimir Putin’s body language

March 10, 2014

Is it possible to predict future behavior from reading a person’s body language?  Yes, it is.  Police are trained to read body language to predict criminal intent.   Remember, 94% of communication is non-verbal.   Body language and tone of voice speak the loudest and usually reveal when a person is lying and what they really think.

It’s no surprise that the government is studying Putin’s body language.   Putin doesn’t try to hide what he thinks and doesn’t wear a mask, like most politicians.  It’s easy to see the old KGB Colonel wants to restore the Soviet Empire and will stop at nothing to do it.  There you go, that’ll be $300,000.  Here is the article from Politico:

The government has spent years studying the body language of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders, the Pentagon acknowledged Friday, but it said its Putin studies have not informed its decision-making during the Ukraine crisis.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed a USA Today report that a secretive Defense Department think tank has been doing world leader body language analyses for several years…


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Rachel Canning’s Snotty Brat Eye Roll

March 10, 2014

By now you may have heard about 18 year old Rachel Canning, who chose a boy and booze over following her parent’s rules.  She left home and is rooming with a friend.  Now, she is suing her parents for support and college tuition.   If you haven’t heard and want to read more details, go here.

The first court hearing was held on March 6th.  The Judge denied all requests for money.  He delayed the ruling on the request for college tuition to a later date.  The video of Rachel Canning in the courtroom shows typical body language of a spoiled kid who is not getting her way.  Watch this short video of America’s number one brat in action:

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Body language: Experts reveal what our postures, gestures say

February 18, 2014
By Sue DoerflerThe Republic |
Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:27 PM

A smile is worth a thousand unsaid words. So is a glance to the left or to the right. A squint of the eye. A crossing of the feet. A firm or a limp handshake.

Your body language reveals almost everything about you. It conveys whether you are happy, confident or friendly. It shows whether you are nervous, uncomfortable, under stress, hiding a secret or lying.

“Body language is totally spontaneous,” expert Renate Mousseux said. “Sixty-five percent of anything you say comes across with body language. That’s huge.”

This non-verbal form of communication, which often is more expressive than words, can impact your personal and professional lives. It can be empowering. It can make a difference in a job interview — and in personal relationships.

If it’s an interview, you should walk into the room erectly with a purposeful, not sluggish, step to indicate you want to be taken seriously, said Julie Theroux, a former Valley resident who has written several books on face reading. Shake hands firmly but don’t hold on too long.

When you sit down, cross your legs at the ankles in front of you and keep your hands open on your lap for a positive effect.

If you wrap your feet around the chair, it often mean you are hiding something or are tense. Keeping your hands behind you indicates you’re not interested, said Mousseux, a Fountain Hills resident who has studied human expression. A retired teacher turned body-language consultant, she now gives seminars and talks on the subject.

Phoenix life coach Ginger Korljan, however, says not to obsess about your body language during an interview, “or you won’t come across as you.”

Korljan, whose website is, recommends smiling more than you think you should during the interview and to practice ahead.

Have a friend ask you questions and critique your actions, she said. If you can’t find anyone to help you, stand or sit in front of a mirror and watch your face and body movements.

Body language can be telling on a witness stand. If giving testimony, don’t touch your nose, which could indicate you are saying something untruthful. Biting both lips at the same time indicates you are keeping a secret, said Theroux, whose website is

Body language can start, stop or keep a relationship going. If you are playing the dating game, Theroux has advice:

“A lot of times with men and women, you see them lick their lips,” Theroux said. “It means they’re interested.” Other indicators include a coy sideways glance, leaning forward to listen to what you are saying and looking you in the eye.

If they look away when you are talking, well, perhaps you should change the subject.

“If somebody pulls on an earlobe, they want to hear more,” Theroux said. But it can also mean they aren’t sure about what is being said or that it affects them negatively, she added.

Body language can change the mood of another person.

“If somebody comes in with a bad mood, they can influence everyone around them to have a bad mood,” said Mousseux, whose website is On the other hand, if others exhibit positive body actions, they can influence the cranky person to feel better, she said.

Even the length of time of a body movement can be telling.

“Every expression should be eight seconds,” Mousseux said. “If it’s longer, it’s fake. A smile that is more than eight seconds is fake.” A lip-curling or smirking smile, or one that is dramatically uneven, also is phony.

“The left side is always the honest side,” Mousseux said, explaining that a person looking up and to the left is trying to connect to the artistic side of the brain.

Although body language is telling, it doesn’t always reveal the whole story. When observing someone’s movements, it’s important to consider the whole body, not just a single gesture, Mousseux said.

“Assess somebody from top to toe,” she said. For example, if someone is crossing his or her arms, don’t assume the person is being negative or closed off to what you are saying. This stance can also indicate a bad back, Mousseux said.

There is, however, one action that is universally telling.

“A smile is so cheap,” Mousseux said. “It’s the best communication you can have anywhere in the world. A smile creates wonders. And it’s so easy.”

What your body says about you

Blinking. “If somebody blinks fast, that usually means they’re uncomfortable with a topic,” said body-language expert Renate Mousseux.

She has been known to count the number of blinks candidates make during presidential debates.

Eye-rolling. If you are talking with someone who rolls his eyes, he doesn’t believe what you are saying.

Nose-touching. If the person talking to you touches her nose, she may be lying. (She also could be scratching because her nose itches.) If you are discussing something important, be sure to ask more questions or delve deeper to get to the truth, recommends face-reading expert Julie Theroux.

Lip-biting. When someone bites the top and bottom lips at the same time, he is keeping a secret.

Pencil-tapping. This action indicates that the person is trying to recall something.

Squinting. If someone squints while you are talking, he doesn’t trust what you are saying. In this case, ask whether he needs more information or clarity, Theroux said.

Copycat actions. If someone mimics your body language, she is trying to develop a familiarity or common ground. This can be beneficial during a job interview, Mousseux said.

Hands in pocket. This person is not receptive to what you are saying.

Handshakes. A close, tight handshake indicates confidence and self-awareness. If you want to indicate power, put your hand on top. A person who shakes too hard will dictate your life, Mousseux said.

“A nice, firm handshake, web to web, is what it should be,” she said.

Hair touching. If someone does this while talking, he is trying to calm himself.

Stroking the neck. Like hair touching, this is called an adapter. It is an indicator that the person is trying to reduce stress.

O’Reilly Obama Interview Body Language Analysis – Part 3 – IRS Scandal

February 5, 2014

We saved the best for last.  The last topic in the O’Reilly interview with Obama was the IRS scandal.  There are some real doozies here. After analyzing Obama’s body language through the years, I can tell that he receives coaching on his body language.  He is a good student, because he has made some obvious changes. First, he listens to the question with his lips slightly parted.  This keeps him from making faces, tightening his lips and clenching his jaw.  He used to make faces a lot.  He still does when caught off guard.  Now, he tries to show no expression at all (like a poker player).  And just like a poker player, sometimes no expression, or stone-faced, is a sign of hiding something (true feelings) or outright lying.

Second, he keeps his head down.  He used to throw his head back and “look down his nose” at the interviewer.  You don’t have to be a body language specialist to know that when someone looks down their nose, it is seen as arrogant, haughty, above others.  He still does that, but not as often.  One time in this video, he throws his head up as a defensive move.

Obama has a signature look at the end of his thought or sentence.  This “look” reveals what he thinks about what he just said.  If I just pieced those looks together, you would see what he thinks about this interview.   He is annoyed, angry, tired of Bill, feels contempt, slightly amused that he is pulling one over, nervous, and floating ideas to see if they stick.

Third, he uses his hands to deflect questions and intimidate.  O’Reilly answers back with his hands.  If you listen to the body language and not the words in these segments, it would sound like:  stop, stop, stop talking, no you stop, no you, stop, stop, I said stop.  I have to turn the body language down and listen to the faces and words in those clips.

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Biggest Loser Winner, Rachel Fredrickson’s Extreme Weight Loss Causes Extreme Reactions

February 5, 2014

The winner of season 15 of The Biggest Loser, 24-year-old Rachel Fredrickson, won the competition by losing 155 pounds, a.k.a. 59.62% of her body weight.

But during her big reveal, her appearance had altered so much that even the trainers and other contestants were SHOCKED. Watch their expressions…..

Bob’s reaction turned from shock and surprise to ANGER.  He was mad at what he saw.  Jillian took more time to process.  She showed shock and surprise and exclaimed, “oh my God!”  She didn’t move.  She clasped her hands together and didn’t clap.   She blinked hard (as if to erase the image and start over).  When she opened her eyes, her face changed – she showed an extreme emotion.  Watch the video and see if you can name that emotion.

The other contestants had similar reactions.  Tanya (standing behind Jillian), couldn’t hide her look of surprise, sadness and disgust.  During the initial reveal, any time the camera focused on the other contestants, many of them had their hand covering their mouth (keeping words in, can’t speak).

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