I’ve read in Jordan B. Peterson’s book 12 Rules of Life about how important our physical posture is in sending a message about our status in that society. He is fascinated by lobsters and he describes how they stand after a fight. The winning lobster stretches as much as he can to look bigger whilst the loosing lobster tries to look as small as he can.
“WTF is this having to do with humans?” Well, think about this for a moment. Whenever you see a person walking with his/hers back straight and with his/hears head up, you’ll probably think about that person that he/she has a lot of self confidence, optimism and strength. In short, you’ll probably think that the person you’re noticing has the balls to do whatever that person wants. But whenever you see someone walking with his/hers head down and crooked, you’ll probably think about that person that he/she has some problems and things are not looking good. Also, you’ll probably think about that person that he/she is sad, anxious, shy and maybe a little depressed.
Our body posture sends signals about our inner state and I’m not even talking about body language as a whole. Just this standing straight versus standing crooked is enough to create a certain first impression which might be enough to open or to close certain doors.
Of course that Jordan recommends we should always walk as straight as we can. Related to this, Will Smith says that he walks like he deserves anything this universe has to offer. I personally catch myself walking crooked from time to time, but whenever I realize this, I’m straightening up. Have you ever paid attention to your body posture? Is so, do you walk straight or crooked?