Here’s What Your Posture Says about You

Why your body habits are your first impression

Tami Bulmash
Body Wisdom

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Photo from Psych Central

This story is part of the Mental Health Library, a series on Mental Health from Psych Central.

Most people don’t think about their posture when communicating with others, yet the way you balance yourself through life speaks volumes about who you are. The amount of tension you hold in your body translates into how well you manage your thoughts, actions and reactions.

Take a moment to think about someone that you know who moves with exceptional ease and agility. Do they exude confidence and skill? Now think of someone you’ve encountered who seems clumsy and sluggish. Do they command respect and attention?

I remember a time in grade school, when I was sitting quietly at my desk anticipating the substitute teacher we’d get for the day. I was wondering what kind of sub they would be — a nice one? Namely a pushover who would permit mayhem to ensue. Or the strict kind, the one staring us down as we sat in silence too afraid to breathe. There was always a distinguishing trait between the two: the way they held themselves.

The “nice one” usually had to raise their voice to be heard, wave their hands or threaten. But no one was listening. They would eventually succumb to the chaos and slump into their chair…

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Tami Bulmash
Body Wisdom

I write and teach about the mind-body connection and its relationship to health and well-being. More at https://www.bodyandposture.com/