Can having upright posture make you more confident? - study

Researchers found in a study that there was a connection between upright posture and self-perception, leading to greater confidence.

 Woman does yoga (illustrative) (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
Woman does yoga (illustrative)
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)

Maintaining an upright posture could help people feel and behave more confidently, according to new research from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the University of Bamberg and the Ohio State University.

The research, published in APA Psychnet, combined data from 130 experiments, using statistical meta-analyses to determine whether posture changes people's self-perception.

The researchers found that there was a connection between upright posture and self-perception.

A MAN wearing a protective face covering performs a yoga exercise inside a park after some restrictions were lifted this week, during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus in New Delhi, India. (credit: REUTERS)A MAN wearing a protective face covering performs a yoga exercise inside a park after some restrictions were lifted this week, during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus in New Delhi, India. (credit: REUTERS)

 "A dominant pose can, for example, make you feel more self-confident," personality researcher Professor Astrid Schütz from the University of Bamberg said.

The researchers also found a similar connection with behavior, including task persistence and antisocial behavior.