Body Language and How Others Perceive You

Body language plays a major role in how others view you. The way you carry yourself says a lot about you, including your posture and the way you walk, stand and sit.Think about a pack of wolves. There are different hierarchies within the group, which consist of an alpha male or female (leader) and the omega (lowest ranking animal in the pack). The alpha males are more powerful in stature, and possess dominant qualities that allow it to hold its rank. They tend to open up their bodies so that they can look as big and strong as possible in order to project their dominance over the other pack members. These qualities and characteristics are not only seen in the animal kingdom, but exist within human interactions as well.

Body language has been on my mind since I watched this video bit.ly/1DrI6N4. In the video, Amy Cuddy, a psychologist and business professor at Harvard University, talks about body language and how people are perceived. For example, someone who is confident will have very open body language. They won’t have their arms crossed or look small, but they will instead elevate their bodies, like puffing out their chests so that they look bigger. Someone with negative body language, such as having their arms crossed or slouching will look weaker compared to someone who is portraying positive body language mentioned earlier. People with low self-confidence tend to portray these negative body language attributes.

So, what does your body language look like? Would you categorize it as negative or positive? Do you think you could change the way you feel as well as how others view you by altering it?

 

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6 comments

  1. Indigo says:

    I had positive body language during the days when I was going as a woman, then got negative postures when I was struggling to figure out how to be perceived as a man because thrusting out said chest only makes the breasts more visible for a pre-opt (before surgery) transman. I’ve been working on reclaiming a positive body posture and seeing if that helps with being perceived as my male gender among others, even though I’ve not yet gotten any surgeries. I hope it works!

    • First, I just wanted to tell you that I admire you for wanting to be you, and to not let anything keep you down. Figuring out who you are in the world is tough enough, but trying to perfect your identity is just as hard!

      The only advice I would give you is, just be proud of yourself, and hold on tight to that strength and inner-love. Don’t focus so much on what you’re doing, but just live each day with pride, and you will get to where you want to be 🙂

    • Thank you for connecting with you. I hope it works. Always put a positive thought in everything that you do and most likely you will have a positive outcome.

  2. Indigo says:

    I had positive body language during the days when I was going as a woman, then got negative postures when I was struggling to figure out how to be perceived as a man because thrusting out said chest only makes the breasts more visible for a pre-opt (before surgery) transman. I’ve been working on reclaiming a positive body posture and seeing if that helps with being perceived as my male gender among others, even though I’ve not yet gotten any surgeries. I hope it works!

    • First, I just wanted to tell you that I admire you for wanting to be you, and to not let anything keep you down. Figuring out who you are in the world is tough enough, but trying to perfect your identity is just as hard!

      The only advice I would give you is, just be proud of yourself, and hold on tight to that strength and inner-love. Don’t focus so much on what you’re doing, but just live each day with pride, and you will get to where you want to be 🙂

    • Thank you for connecting with you. I hope it works. Always put a positive thought in everything that you do and most likely you will have a positive outcome.

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