Posture Impacts Children's Self-Esteem

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on June 29, 2020 - 9:48am

Anytime you deny your nature as a human being, you are hurting the most essential part of yourself, namely your mind and consciousness.

Do people with high self-esteem adopt an open (power) posture, or does an open posture produce high self-esteem?

In general, it's commonly believed that your feelings produce your outward appearance, but that concept is being challenged.

In the late 70's Richard Bandler and John Grinder founded a controversial psychological technique called NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming), which challenged many of the beliefs in modern psychology.

One of which was the idea that you could (through various methods, one of which being posture) change your own moods, emotions, and behaviours.

Of course, NLP was dismissed, and Bandler and Grinder labeled quacks, even though many people have studied NLP and noted that it had helped them in their lives.

On this episode, we review an experiment involving posture (power posing) on 108 German 4th Graders.

Here Is What We Covered

  • The general idea in psychology that feelings/emotional states produce physical posture and other physical traits.
  • The results of the study.
  • Our interpretation of the results and how we think that applies to children's self-esteem and health in general.
  • Can you leverage any of this information to produce a state of higher self-esteem in yourself or your children?

Stuff From This Episode

Powerful and confident children through expansive body postures? A preregistered study of fourth graders

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