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Your Most Confident Posture
Did you know that your posture is directly correlated with your level of confidence, power and self-worth? Posture is the expression of mind and body. How you feel inside is demonstrated by how you carry your body in space.
When you are excited and happy, what does your posture look like? Positive posture is associated with open postural design. Meaning that your shoulders are pulled back, your head is up and your core muscles tight.
Do you have a positive or negative posture vibe? When people are angry or upset, they tend to cross their arms, look down and slouch. Curved posture like this is closed, uninviting and negative. Body language is a physical expression of communication. Whether or not someone talks to you, trusts you or respects you may have less to do with what you say to them and more to do with your postural presentation.
Researchers have found that posture embodies attitude and self-evaluation. Two groups of participants in this study were asked to sit with proper posture or with slumped posture and self-evaluate their best and worst characteristics. They concluded that people who present with an erect posture had a more positive mentality with a confident self-image.
According to Brinol et al. (2009), "body postures can impact persuasion by affecting the direction of thoughts" from negative to positive. The results concluded that the group sitting with correct posture viewed themselves with more positive characteristics than negative, while the opposite applied to the group with bad posture.
People with proper posture embody self-confidence and power due to neuroendocrine changes in their physiology! In other words, your posture right now is literally an expression of not only how you feel mentally, but what chemicals your body is producing physiologically. Your unique posture is a representation of your mental thought processes, physical health an wellbeing, and your emotional state.
Also, did you know that you can change your hormonal state with proper posture! A research study conducted at Harvard University demonstrated that holding a "power pose" for as little as 2 minutes at a time increases the level of testosterone (associated with power and dominance) that the body produces and decreases levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).
Brinol, P. et al. (2009) Body posture effects on self-evaluation: a self-validation approach. European Journal of Self Psychology, 39 1053-1064
Carney et al. (2010) Power posing, brief non-verbal displays affect neuroendocrine levels and risk tolerance . Psychological Science, 21 (10) 1363-1368