Posture: Physical or Behavioral? Posture Attitude

Strong Posture affects attitude and behavior

Posture is physical.  And behavioral… as well as attitudinal.

The physical state of the body affects embodied attitudes, which in turn affects behavior. And behavioral change involving the physical affects the body. If I run a mile every day my body will change. If I run a mile every day with my right hand in my pocket, I will still change, but the change will be different.

Academics from different disciplines are looking at the body-mind and mind-body effects of posture.  A European Journal of Social Psychology study looked at how body postures can influence self-evaluations by affecting thought confidence.

Subjects had to write down their best or worse qualities in a CONFIDENT posture (sitting down with their back erect and pushing their chest out) or DOUBTFUL posture (slouched forward with their back curved).

The Conclusion: “The direction of thoughts (positive/negative) on self-related attitudes was significantly greater when participants wrote their thoughts in the confident than in the doubtful posture*”

Posture expert, Dr. Steven Weiniger, responds to the study results, “Physical change in body affects embodied attitudes. By helping children and adults strengthen posture, we give them a physical foundation for a happier life.”

Adjust your Posture Attitude

From this research it stands to reason that your posture – for better or for worse – affects your attitude. And, bolsters the belief that weak posture contributes to mood disorders, behavioral problems, a poor attitude and more critical outlook on life.

The good news: Taking steps to improve posture with StrongPosture exercise builds the physical foundation for a positive, optimistic outlook.  Stand taller with good posture and feel brighter, happier and more confident.  In turn, this taller, stronger posture can have a positive impact on our behavior, responses and choices.

Body posture effects on self-evaluation: A self-validation approach Pablo Briñol1,*, Richard E. Petty2, Benjamin Wagner2 European Journal of Social Psychology Volume 39, Issue 6, pages 1053-1064, October 2009