HereNLP teaches us that how the pupils if the eyes move can enlighten us to the processing of thoughts. More than that, our eyes move without our conscious awareness. Unless you train yourself, your eyes can speak louder than words! What did Andrew’s eye movements reveal?
When you watch the interview as an NLPer, you are struck by the amount of time that Andrew has his eyes down and to his left. Typically, this is him accessing his ‘auditory digital’ centres. In other words, the voice inside his head. People who use this thinking style often repeat questions back to themselves and like to give information in a manner that, in their opinion, is ordered and makes good sense.
For Prince Andrew, it is likely that this reflects his upbringing. He rarely has his eyes down to his right – this would denote feelings. Has he been taught to hide emotion? When asked tricky questions about feeling remorseful of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, he is telling the truth when he answers, “No,” and his eyes move towards the more analytical auditory digital.
Even challenged to recall a Russian girl giving him a foot massage, Andrew’s eyes steadfastly drop into auditory digital, he shows no feeling or memory of a feeling. Is he telling the truth? Or does he avoid demonstrating a memory of the feeling due to years of careful avoidance of feelings? Throughout the interview, he very rarely accesses his feelings.
Curiously his eyes suggest an indication of feeling when he mentions “An overdose of adrenaline” when being shot at in the Falklands War. There is a slight flicker of feeling when Virginia Roberts is brought up. Is this anger? A feeling for or about her? Only Andrew knows.
Much has been made if Andrew’s speech being littered with, “Um” and “Er.”
This has nothing to do with inadequate rehearsal or discomfort. It is again characteristic of auditory digital processing, people who favour this type of thinking simply like to be as ordered as possible and need pauses to convert thoughts into words.
What about the eyes moving upwards? Here Andrew is seeing something in his mind’s eye. Early in the interview, asked easier, more straightforward questions, his eyes move into a visually remembered memory. With questions about Virginia Roberts, there is the tiniest flicker to the imagined visual. Is Andrew considering whether the photo of him and Miss Roberts could be real or fake? Is he lying? We just can’t say.
Although PR experts have described the interview as a car crash, Andrew’s eye movements reveal little. They do show him to be what we’ve always known – a product of the royal family, capable of hiding emotions and taking a moment to sequence his responses.
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