The lead­ers’ hid­den lan­guage

Ahead of the On­tario elec­tion on June 12, we of­fer a look be­yond the polls to face, body and hand­writ­ing anal­y­sis to un­der­stand the un­der­ly­ing mes­sages the po­ten­tial lead­ers are send­ing

Richmond Hill Post - - Premiers - by Samantha Peksa

FA­CIAL RECOG­NI­TION: Garth Ri­ley, au­thor of The Face Fac­tor

Her hair­style in­di­cates she may be a bit hard-headed when pro­cess­ing or be­liev­ing out­side in­for­ma­tion. Her eyes sug­gest that she can be very guarded and skep­ti­cal on oc­ca­sion. Her up­per and lower lips re­veal an abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate freely with­out hold­ing back. The shape of her chin in­di­cates great fol­low-through and com­mit­ment. Hu­dak’s hair­line in­di­cates he pro­cesses in­for­ma­tion care­fully. His fore­head re­veals a con­tem­pla­tive na­ture with a keen eye and strong at­ten­tion to de­tail. His eye­brows in­di­cate he prefers to pri­mar­ily look at things from his own per­sonal per­spec­tive. The shape of his up­per lip sug­gests he is highly in­tu­itive. Her fore­head de­notes an open-mind­ed­ness and an abil­ity to gather in­for­ma­tion ef­fi­ciently. The oval shape of her face in­di­cates a strong abil­ity to me­di­ate nat­u­rally with com­pas­sion. This could also be in­ter­preted to in­di­cate bound­less en­ergy and great stamina. The tip of her nose sug­gests that she may be very di­rect when speak­ing her mind. Schreiner’s fore­head in­di­cates a cre­ative ap­proach re­gard­ing prob­lem-solv­ing tac­tics. Al­though the tilt of the head (to the left) and left eye in­di­cate that he can be emo­tional on oc­ca­sion when deal­ing with cer­tain hot-but­ton is­sues. The tip of his nose sug­gests he is friendly and ap­proach­able. The shape of his chin re­veals his in­nate me­di­at­ing abil­i­ties.

HAND­WRIT­ING ANAL­Y­SIS: Elaine Charal, graphol­o­gist

Her sig­na­ture is clear and read­able, which sug­gests she is a gen­uine per­son. The loop on her cap­i­tal “K” is a “dancer’s stroke” in­di­cat­ing unique flair: people re­mem­ber her. The high “T-bar” in her first name sug­gests that she will set high goals. The break­away stroke in her “H” con­veys ini­tia­tive. His sig­na­ture is il­leg­i­ble, which in­di­cates that he tends to be more of a pri­vate per­son. The cap­i­tal “H” in his fam­ily name re­sem­bles an en­closed bub­ble, this is a pro­tec­tive ten­dency that sug­gests a hes­i­tancy to con­fide in just any­one. His “T-bar” moves up­ward re­veal­ing a hid­den op­ti­mism. An­drea’s first name is leg­i­ble, while her fam­ily name is il­leg­i­ble. This sug­gests that her per­sonal ac­com­plish­ments will be para­mount to her. The tie loops in her cap­i­tal “A” and “H” re­veal her per­sis­tent na­ture. More­over, the cir­cling around her fam­ily name is an­other sign thought to con­vey per­sis­tence. Only his first name is leg­i­ble, in­di­cat­ing how im­por­tant his per­sonal ac­com­plish­ments are to him. The mid-stroke on his cap­i­tal “M” does not touch the imag­i­nary base­line, in­di­cat­ing his prob­lem-solv­ing abil­i­ties are not al­ways con­sis­tent. All of his “i-dots” are away from his “i-stems,” re­veal­ing a cre­ative imag­i­na­tion.

BODY LAN­GUAGE: Mar­cel Danesi, U of T pop cul­ture semi­oti­cian

The word that per­haps sum­ma­rizes Wynne’s bod­ily per­sona is “re­as­sur­ing.” Her hand ges­tures are con­stantly reach­ing out to her au­di­ences, as if she is giv­ing or pass­ing some­thing on to them. This con­veys sym­pa­thy for oth­ers. Un­like Hu­dak, her body does not con­vey strength; rather, it com­mu­ni­cates em­pa­thy, un­der­stand­ing, and com­pas­sion. Hu­dak pre­sents a solid im­age of him­self, as a sober, con­trolled, ra­tio­nal per­son. He is nice look­ing and ex­udes con­fi­dence. His shoul­ders, which he arches at the right mo­ments, con­vey strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion. He looks right at his au­di­ence and never shies away from it. Like a friend or ac­quain­tance, one feels that he can be trusted. He is a con­ser­va­tive and looks the

part to per­fec­tion. Hor­wath is prob­a­bly the most per­sua­sive speaker of all the can­di­dates. But when she speaks, she over­com­pen­sates by try­ing to tone down her body from get­ting ex­cited about her ideas. This leaves us want­ing her to “burst out” rather than “hold back.” She seems to be overly con­scious of her ap­pear­ance and thus keeps her body pos­ture still

(al­most stiff). Schreiner has the most ac­tive body of all the can­di­dates. Through his con­stantly tilt­ing pos­ture he shows im­pa­tience at the way things are and the de­sire to change them quickly. He pumps his fist as in a rally ges­ture. This might at­tract young vot­ers, but it be­comes en­er­vat­ing if you are try­ing to fig­ure out what he is

truly say­ing.

An­drea Hor­wath, New Demo­cratic Party

Kath­leen Wynne, Lib­eral Party

Tim Hu­dak, Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive

Mike Schreiner, Green Party

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