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How Gender Affects Posture

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

New research has found that in men, good posture usually inspires self-confidence – but women tend to feel more confident when slouching. Psychologist Tomi-Ann Roberts has co-authored with Yousef Arefi-Afshar a new paper called "Not All Who Stand Tall Are Proud," published in the journal Cognition and Emotion.

Weigh in: Does making an effort at good posture affect your self-confidence? And are you male or female?

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Comments [3]

d from nyc

the women in india must be very centered in order to carry such loads. when they are properly aligned, the brunt of the weight lands on their hips- the strongest bones and the hinge that directs our whole bodies.

Also, I have scoliosis and have had such problems with my back. I also have had a tendency to "panic" and not think clearly. I have now been practicing yoga (hatha) and have found myself- brain, body and soul to be doing much better. I would encourage Tomi-Ann Roberts to study yoga, but a style that is concerned with form. this will answer a lot of questions like why the women did worse on the test. i would think that they weren't in the posture that makes them feel grounded and safe, but rather too floaty. whereas, men traditionally overcompensate in courage (heart region/ breast region) so they felt "comfortable".

Nov. 07 2007 12:55 PM
Michael Stone from Santa Monica

My ex-wife was slightly overweight and had bigger boobs than, I think, she wished for and I think that she not only slouched, but also rounded her back to create a less "mounded" frontal view. I've seen this in similar body type woman since than.

Nov. 07 2007 12:44 PM
Jessica from New York

I'm female. I would describe my confidence as moderate, but when I took a self-defense class the instructor told us that a slouching posture inspires a predator so when I walk down the street I stride. I wouldn't say this effected my confidence.

Nov. 07 2007 12:27 PM

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