“The best unsyndicated columnist in America,” Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle, is writing today about body language, a subject at the heart of body image.
Carroll relates the experience of one of his readers, playing theater games with middle-school kids, and finding that they had a hard time changing their body language for the games. Among other things, Carroll says, “One of first things I heard when I entered the workplace was: People take you at your own evaluation. … People who are aware of status cues can change them, even working against expectations. A fat guy can look schlumpy and defeated; a fat guy can look large and powerful. Hell, he could even throw in a swagger — nothing like a swagger to make people back off. ”
Both of us have done specific work on our own body language, in different ways. Have you tried to change your body language? Why? What worked and what didn’t? Did you pay dues for making the change? Also, what things about you that you can’t change affect how your body language works in the world?