I’m the boss

iD magazine - - Body & Mind -

Fear? Never heard of it! I am the top brass here and what I say goes! Plac­ing your hands be­hind your head is one of the best-known dom­i­nance ges­tures. It is used al­most ex­clu­sively by men— par­tic­u­larly by bosses and su­pe­ri­ors dur­ing in­ter­views or meet­ings. The raised arms show: I have no fear sweat. They are a sym­bol of self-as­sur­ance, strong lead­er­ship, and su­pe­ri­or­ity.

If this ges­ture lasts no longer than 10 sec­onds, it may have a dif­fer­ent mean­ing: It can also be a sign of well-be­ing. If we ob­struct our eyes, it can sig­nify dis­be­lief, doubt, or an at­tempt to avoid a sit­u­a­tion.

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