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Is Ivanka More Than Donald Trump's Favorite Child? Body Language Experts Explain Their Bond

Date December 4, 2018 16:09

Is Ivanka Trump using her dad for her own selfish gains because she can do no wrong in his eyes? Or is her father the one with the real power in their relationship? What do body language experts see when they look at this curious father and daughter duo?

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Their strange relationship

For years, Donald Trump's open adoration of his first daughter, Ivanka, has both disgusted and confounded people. One of his most harmless descriptions of Ivanka has to be from an old NY Magazine interview where he called her a great beauty.

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In return, Ivanka is full of praise for her fatherб whom she claims had a wicked sense of humor when they were growing up. The first daughter and senior political adviser says her father instilled a sense of purpose without pushing them.

Complex power play or affection?

Trump is, however, far less tactful than Ivanka and does not hide the fact that she is his favorite child. It's a fact that all of her siblings have made peace with.

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But body language expert Patti Wood says there's more to their bond than meets the eye. She told Refinery29 that their relationship is a complex power play. But Ivanka also cares for her father.

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Woods broke down their interesting relationship by analyzing some of their biggest public moments.

And according to her, right after Trump made a cruel joke about a project Ivanka had just announced in Iowa, the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, her body language revealed this:

She showed sadness, then you see this nonverbal 'withholding cue.' If you look at her eyes, you can see she is withholding anger. But right after that, she bounces back and they do a playful "gun battle" with their fingers. It was a putdown. He was asserting power over her. She recovers and plays it off.

The truth about favorite children

Despite the criticism Trump has received for his special relationship with Ivanka over her siblings, experts believe he is not all that peculiar after all. Showing favoritism to one child above the others is natural, it turns out.

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According to parents who spoke to Psychology Today, favoritism is not deliberate at all. Shared interests can strengthen the bond a parent feels towards a specific child. Do you have a favorite child?

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