What Your Body Language Says about You

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Your body language can have a huge influence on how others perceive, judge, and interact with you. This may affect who asks you out on a date, or even if you’re hired for a job.

So, what kind of image is your body language projecting?

In a business or work environment, these nonverbal expressions are critical when communicating power and dominance. As seen in the animal kingdom, humans tend to make themselves bigger by stretching out to take up more space when they want to seem stronger or more important.

Likewise, those with low power in the workplace will make themselves smaller when in the presence of a boss.

Typically, these nonverbal expressions are related to gender. Women are much more likely to make themselves smaller, while men try to take up space and appear dominant.

It’s important to be aware of your own body language because it can actually govern how you feel about yourself. If an individual pretends to be confident by standing up straight and smiling, he will actually feel more confident.

Fake it ’till you make it

body-languagePower posing in private before a job interview or social situation can make you feel more prepared and self-assured. It may feel artificial at first, but this is a prime example of “Fake it ‘till you make it.”

It may not seem like you’re doing much for yourself, but two minutes can greatly influence your self-esteem. In those two minutes, power posing can configure your brain to cope with whatever situation you’re about to encounter by actually raising your testosterone.

Simply stand tall, stretch yourself out, and fix your posture – it’s a simple science that requires no resources or technology, so you have nothing to lose. Try it before going into your next interview and see for yourself what a difference body language can make.

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