8 Easy Bodily Actions That Transform Mental Performance
People tend to assume that body language just expresses how we feel inside. But it also works the other way: how we hold our bodies affects how we feel and think in all sorts of fascinating ways.
Mindfulness involving the bodyPsychology of body posture and gestures.
Notes that among the latest studies of embodied cognition (the body and mind connection), showing how the body affects psychological status are the following eight. I provide the connections, but you can pursue the original article if you want to see the scientific studies supporting them:
- Relaxing improves decision making. Too much mental control over the decision making process can lead to skewed judgement. What happens when you feel this kind of power is that you simply confirm a decision you've already made. In order to improve your decision making and generate new possibilities, relax.
- Speaking with a deep voice improves abstract thinking for some reason, giving the brain a feeling of greater power. Bettering your abstract thinking can produce creativity and innovation, foster self-mastery, and increase self-insight.
- Confusing the connection between your mind and body can boost creativity. The study associated with this had participants think of a happy moment while at the same time frowning, making the body and mind out of sync. Other participants thought of unhappy moments while smiling. The result in both cases was expanded thinking, creative ideas, and innovation.
- Standing in a bold posture increases pain tolerance. For example, standing upright with your arms raised in a V shape, fists tight makes one feel more powerful. And, this feeling of power gives you more control over pain than if you were sitting, slumping, or laying down.
- Standing in a power pose also provides you with more confidence because of the feeling of strength. The only trick is to practice the pose before going into the interview. This mental manipulation requires a bit of time to take effect.
- Approaching and engaging other people rather than waiting provides you with more power. Also, standing closer to the individual helps. The nice thing about this technique is that you can simply imagine doing it, and you are empowered.
- Sitting big while eating leads to weight gain, and the opposite leads to loss. For some reason, when you sit small, the opposite of a power pose, you tend to eat less, and therefore lose weight.
- Jumping freely into the air produces happiness. Neutral movements do not produce the same results as jumping up and down. Loosening up in this way produces feelings of mild euphoria. For the same reason, we perceive dancing as fun.
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Source is PsyBlog.com
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