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10 Oct 2013

Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 5

Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression She is an American psychologist, and she has been studying body language and the effect body language has on human beings. She observed people in waiting room situations and noted that many people would sit bent over in a very closed off position. She noted that this often happened in interview situations, such as when waiting for a job interview. Eventually, after sitting in this closed off position, the candidates would go into the interview, and surprise, surprise they wouldn’t get the job. The question that she asked was what if these people consciously stood in a strong and power body position, would it make a difference to the outcome of the interview? This is the experiment that she wanted to perform.

To conduct her experiment, she got a group of people together, and split them into two. One group would sit in very negative positions for two minutes. The other would sit in very powerful positions for two minutes. First, what are the powerful positions? Well, have you even watched an athletics race? What does the winner do when they cross the line? More often than not, they throw their hands into the air. This is a very powerful position in which a human being can be. They even tested this with blind people: people that have never seen in their lives. When they accomplished something, their natural instinct was to throw their hands into the air. The other power position that comes to mind is the Wonder Woman pose: standing with both hands on hips. There are a few more. I suggest watching the video.

So, she split the group into two: one group in negative positions; the other positive. They then went for a mock interview with a panel of judges. Guess who ‘got the job?’ That’s right! The people who stood in the powerful, strong positions ‘got the job’. Our entire lives, we’ve been told that to get a job, we must go to the interview with shiny shoes, and an ironed shirt, and a fancy CV with a nice font, and we must get good marks at school, etc. However, these people brought something different to the table: they brought themselves, their best selves, their most confident and strong selves. Now, I’m not saying some of the other stuff I mentioned isn’t important, or that you should enter a job interview dressed like a slob. However, don’t forget to bring your best self! It is the most important thing that you can bring. How many of us forget this though...?

Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 1
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 2
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 3
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 4
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 6
Parenting: Building A Life Without Depression - Part 7


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