The Art Of Body Language - How To Improve Your Posture
Body language is one of the most overlooked concepts in both style and image. What’s tricky about it is that it is invisible to one’s part of their appearance. We’re much more aware of the clothes than the body wearing them, so it can be easy to skip over, and unfortunately, most men do. Even while wearing designer clothing, you can still look insecure because of your weak body image.
Body image is one of the simplest things you can fix, and the results can be remarkable. Therefore, it can be a huge mistake not to maintain it properly. If you do your best to tweak your body language and posture, it can significantly impact all aspects – social interactions, dating, business, and more. Many are not aware that the right body language changes peoples’ perception of you.
Don't feel bad about yourself if you've never considered working on your body language. It can take years to fix some bad habits, but it's certainly possible. It's also important to note that mistakes can still happen along the way.
Here are some aspects that create the right, confident body language and correct bad habits. Much of our communication with other people is non-verbal and unconscious. Naturally, we have very little control of our communication's non-verbal aspects, and we might unknowingly communicate things we don't want to.
The way you position your body, arms, legs, and head can cause emotional responses in your interactions.
Body positioning can be broken into two categories; closed and open.
A close friend of mine's mistake as a teenager was avoiding direct contact with unfamiliar people. To fix it, he spent several days walking across downtown, forcing himself that if he made eye contact with someone, he couldn't be the first one to break it. Although it was uncomfortable, the more he did it is, the more holding eye contact became.
Avoiding eye contact is a typical example of closed body language, indicating defensiveness or fear of social situations.
Typically closed body language can include crossed arms or legs, avoiding eye contact, and tilting your head down or away from the people. It can indicate a feeling of being threatened or an attempt at defending ourselves from aggression. It can communicate that you do not feel comfortable in the present situation and attempt to hide or escape it.
In general, you want to avoid closed body language and keep yourself as inviting and open as possible. It will make you more approachable, especially when talking to people for the first time.
Holding a drink in front of your chest is another typical example of unconscious closed body language that most people use. It may seem utterly normal because this is how most people hold their drinks, but it's similar to crossing your arms in front of your chest.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE AND SELF-AWARENESS
Alexander Technique is a type of bodywork named after its creator, F.M. Alexander - a Shakespearian actor who developed voice loss when speaking in public. After observing himself in mirrors, he traced the cause of his voice loss to muscular tension and poor posture that would arise whenever he was about to speak. He hypothesized that this was happening unconsciously due to horrible body usage habits he'd developed over the years.
Alexander stressed the importance of spatial self-awareness (paying attention to your body's reactions and movements in the space you're in). Many of our bad habits with posture and body language are unconscious. We need to make a consistent effort to correct them, so it's important to regularly reflect on how you're standing, sitting, or moving.
DISPLAYING CONFIDENCE WITH A STANCE
In addition to keeping body language open, it's essential to correct signs of insecurity or low self-confidence. A typical example is slouching instead of standing up straight. It shows that you are more comfortable with the people and situations you face.
An Italian term, contrapposto, is used to describe a highly dynamic pose commonly used in painting, sculpture, and acting. Contrapposto means "counterpose" and describes a stance where most of your weight is on a single foot, causing the shoulder and arms to twist off-axis giving both a relaxed and dynamic feeling.
A contrapposto stance is very aesthetically pleasing and commonly used in sculptures and paintings. The statue of David is a classic example of the human body positioned in contrapposto. Actors often pose themselves in this way to make their performance more dynamic and exciting.
Another trick to improve your consistency is to grab a pair from our collection. The attention will force you to be consistent in your stance. Some people might also approach you to ask where you got your loafers. Trust us, it works!
Let us know if there are any tricks you've used to improve your body language.
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