How Body Posture Tricks Your Brain

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Sounds interesting right? This is called the leader-follower game. Try out the following poses at home and assess what they convey.


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This posture is popularly known as the “Hands-on-Hips” posture. It conveys confidence and power. It also means independence. It makes you look bigger since you cover more space than you would when standing straight. Sometimes aggression, but mostly it is a sign of fearlessness.


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This posture is also known as the “self-hug.”  It is a soothing gesture which people generally display when they are unprepared. A lot of people feel that this posture is quite comfortable, right? But, let’s do a reality check: when you are with your friends, do you stand or sit in this position? The answer is a clear no. this posture also makes you a little unapproachable for others around you.


This one’s self-explanatory. You indulge in this posture when you feel as if the winner. A sense of achievement fulfills you- it is a sign of triumph.


This posture signifies passivity, since it hides a part of your body from the person standing in front of you.

The most interesting thing here is that your brain unconsciously picks on these postures to assess your situation in a social set-up. These positions directly impact your confidence and self-esteem. Research in this area suggests that 2 minutes of assuming these postures can help you raise or lower your confidence level! Isn’t that amazing? Now that you know how this works, you can use your posture to your advantage, anytime and anywhere!

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