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Rahul's body language betrayed lack of confidence: Experts

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 28, 2014
First Published: 02:23 IST(28/1/2014) | Last Updated: 02:27 IST(28/1/2014)

Psychologists in Delhi were impressed by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to communicate, but were let down by his body language.


"Communication works much better than hearsay. It is the best way to reach out to the masses; more a leader speaks, the more people will know him. So, Gandhi’s decision to speak is very welcome," Dr Samir Parikh, chief, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis, told HT on Monday.

"Honestly, I don’t think a person’s body language reveals much in a television interview, so my focus was purely on the content. What I gathered was that there is a sense of assertiveness."

However, some psychologists differ on the manner Gandhi tackled the questions. "The mannerisms — avoiding direct eye contact, sweating etc showed lack of confidence and a sense of uncertainty which match his personality," said a senior psychiatrist with a government hospital in the Capital who didn’t wish to be named.

"People say similar things about the current PM and it showed in Rahul’s attitude too. There was no inclination to catch the bull by the horns. Not being media-savvy is not an excuse," said the psychiatrist.

"He is too decent and too soft for the job he might end up handling. He doesn’t show the willingness to attack. Rather, he betrays fear," he said.  

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