Quit Hiding Behind Your Body
quit hiding your body, and instead choose more confident poses and posture.
Evolution has shown that humans have an inclination to avoid things that make them uncomfortable. This is the root of a lot of habits we have, like laziness, self-doubt, and having a fear of the unknown. I am going to focus on how it affects us more generally everyday. When we find ourselves in situations that are out of our comfort zone, we have a tendency to put something in front of our bodies. This is a subconscious defense mechanism that at one point was advantageous in a predator prey scenario, but now perpetuates in our daily lives. More specifically, we often cover ourselves in our most vulnerable areas, which includes our line of sight, our core, and our genitals.
You’ll notice when in conversations, standing in lines, or just minding your own business in a public setting, we take up a stance that protects our vulnerable areas. This isn’t a bad thing, because it is very natural, but it is an opportunity for improvement in the way you communicate to others non-verbally.
Instead, find a powerful and confident posture, especially when your feeling uncomfortable. Shoulders tall, hands away from your body, and breath deeply. As subtle as this change might be, it makes all the difference in the way someone else perceives you.