Posture Helps Determine Status
Quit slouching—others may see you as weak! A recent study published in Psychological Science says posture plays an important role in how we perceive power in those around us.
Adam Galinsky and co-authors from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University discovered that "posture expansiveness," or the act of taking up more space with one’s body, proved to be more effective in suggesting power than one’s hierarchical rank alone. Not only do these changes in posture reflect strongly on others—they influence your own tendencies. A more expansive posture activates power-related thought and behavior. These findings on perceived power versus role proved to be true in three separate experiments. ... According to Galinsky, the role of powerful postures is important for those seeking new jobs in 2011.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
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- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
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The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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