A visibly uneasy Gladys Berejiklian has been seen puffing her cheeks as the former prime minister of NSW fights to keep her emotions in check during an intense ICAC hearing.
Ms Berejiklian has repeatedly made the facial expression while answering questions on Friday about her secret relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire.
The ex-prime minister of NSW made the same ‘cheek puffing’ at several press conferences last year when news of the relationship first became public.
Body language expert Sophie Halliday Zadeh said Ms Berejiklian made faces to “suppress emotion-specific sadness.”
“She holds back to break down,” Ms Zadeh told FEMAIL earlier.
She says, ‘I serve people with every ounce of my body, with every ounce of my being’ immediately after [the cheek puffing] about 14 minutes to her address on Monday. Look at her lower lip, it pulls in. Here she begins to hold back her crying.
‘The lower lip often trembles, then the tears begin. Here, she’s operating that quiver.’
A visibly uncomfortable Gladys Berejiklian has been seen puffing her cheeks as the former NSW Prime Minister is grilled during an intense ICAC hearing
Ms Berejiklian has repeatedly made the facial expression as she answered questions on Friday about her secret relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire
Ms. Zadeh noted that Ms. Berejiklian was “on the verge of collapsing” by actively tensing her facial muscles to control her emotional expression.
“We can control our internal emotion experience by limiting our facial expression,” she said.
‘This is because of facial feedback, the body-brain feedback loop. When we feel emotion, our facial expression reflects that, but in addition, if we control our facial expression, we can suppress the emotion experienced.’
Ms Zadeh also noted that the Prime Minister had the ‘universal expression of sadness’ on her face with her forehead down, inner forehead up and lip corners pressed down.
She shows and feels genuine sadness in most of the photos, some more than others. Only one in ten people can raise the inner corner of the eyebrow unless they are feeling really sad,” she said.
Ms Zadeh also noted that the Prime Minister had the ‘universal expression of sadness’ on her face with her forehead down, inner forehead up and lip corners pressed down
She shows and feels genuine sadness in most of the photos, some more than others. Only one in ten people can raise the inner corner of the eyebrow unless they are feeling really sad,” she said
director of Inside out Public Relations and media commentator Nicole Reaney said Ms. Berejiklian’s cheek movements may also be a way to think about her answers before answering, in order to get some aspect of the situation under control.
‘There is a sense of tension, especially when we compare her usual nice, friendly and confident demeanor. Gladys recognizes the importance of being at the forefront rather than shunning the media,” she told FEMAIL.
Body language expert Katia Loisel from love destination agreed with the other experts’ sentiments, saying her pursed lips also indicated suppressed arousal — probably because they were asked similar questions over and over.
Depending on the cluster of nonverbal cues, pursed lips can indicate both disapproval and suppressed agitation, the unconscious way your body holds back and says ‘no’, and can also be a sign that someone is evaluating their options or weighing what to do or say the following,” Mrs. Loisel told FEMAIL.
Ms Berejiklian also sucked her cheeks during Tuesday’s press conference to journalists
Body language expert Katia Loisel agreed with the other experts’ sentiments, saying her pursed lips also indicated suppressed agitation — probably because they were asked similar questions over and over (pictured Monday)
What does ‘puffing the cheek and sucking in’ mean?
Cheek sucking, essentially sucking the cheeks in, may indicate disapproval, depending on the position of lips and chin and the extent to which the cheeks are sucked in.
In general, the more pronounced the cheek sucks, the more intense the emotion.
While a cheek sucking accompanied by lips pulling out of the wallet indicates disapproval, a cheek sucking followed by cheeks blowing or blowing out of the mouth usually indicates insecurity and underlying fear.
The position of the lower lip and chin can also provide important information when evaluating facial expressions of sadness associated with a more downturned mouth and wrinkles on the chin.
There is no doubt that intense public scrutiny and humiliation have taken their toll on Gladys Berejiklian, and the stress she is experiencing is written all over her face.
Though fleeting at times, Gladys Berejiklian’s facial expressions also reveal an underlying sadness; her mouth curved downwards, eyebrows raised to triangular the upper eyelids together, and slight wrinkles and impressions of the chin known as the chin top, a sign that she may just be holding it together.
Source: Katia Loisel
In October 2020, Ms Berejiklian said she had a “close personal relationship” with former Wagga Wagga MP and father of two Daryl Maguire, 61, from 2015 to August 2020.
She managed to keep it a secret from her family, friends and the public until a corruption investigation heard phone calls yesterday in which he called her “babe” and she called him her “numero uno” – Spanish for number one.
Maguire, who resigned from parliament in 2018 and recently divorced his ex-wife Maureen, is accused of using his position as MP to earn money by brokering real estate transactions.
Labor has accused Ms Berejiklian of turning a blind eye to corruption, but the prime minister insists she was unaware of any wrongdoing and has refused to resign.
On Monday, the Prime Minister of New South Wales said she had a “close personal relationship” with former Wagga Wagga MP and father of two Daryl Maguire, 61, (pictured together) from 2015 to August 2020.
She managed to keep it a secret from her family, friends and the public until a corruption investigation yesterday heard phone calls calling her “babe” and calling him her “numero uno.”
On Monday night, Ms Berejiklian insisted she “didn’t do anything wrong” and had not been jeopardized by the relationship during a formal press conference, where she blew her cheeks in and out.
Ms Berejiklian said she was unaware of Mr Maguire’s alleged misconduct when they were dating.
“I assumed he was doing the right thing. I had my faith in him, and of course I now know that that trust was misplaced, and I accept that human failure on my part, and I accept it wholeheartedly,” she said.
“I had no reason to believe he was doing anything wrong at the time, because I trusted him and assumed he would, if there were any interests to report.”
The prime minister said she effectively ended the romance when she fired Maguire from the Liberal Party before resigning from parliament.