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    What Your Shoulders Say About You (Psychology Today Article)

    “Silverbacks don’t go after silverbacks, they go after everything else.”



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    The shoulders communicate vitality but they can also communicate dominance and hierarchy.

    Over my career I have interviewed a lot of criminals and I always made it a point to ask how they assessed their victims before they acted out. Over and over three things stood out, how their victims looked (frail, weak, not athletic), their overall situational awareness (never go after someone who sees you first), and their arm swing (vigorous arm movement or passive subdued). And so to a criminal, our own intra-species predators, as Robert Hare would call them, how the shoulders look is a key factor for those who seek to prey on us. As one psychopath said to me, and this was very telling, “silverbacks don’t go after silverbacks, they go after everything else.” Good point.

    You can read the entire article here.

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    I wonder who this is news to and if it makes a difference to them anyway. I mean, people who don't already do this type of natural display of power aren't likely to start walking confidently without looking like idiots trying to walk confidently.

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    The psycopath wasn't exactly dian fossey was he?


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    The essence of display of confidence, not too far removed from dominant display is closely tied to actually being dominant and being challenged all the time. Ridiculous to assume it doesn't result in fighting other guyz at your dominance level.
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    She looked ready to sacrifice that little dude at any time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by battlefields View Post
    My dad gave me some advice as a young'un, he said, "wherever you walk, walk tall, look like you have purpose, nobody will **** with you if you look like you know what you are doing". Served me well.
    Well said. Mine gave same advice.

    Predators look for the weak, be it in the city or in the wild. A man's bearing says a lot about his demeanor.

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    When I was younger and a bit of a meat axe, huge beard, leather jacket, etc, this "walking tall" meant that people would cross the street if I was coming towards them. It felt good to inspire fear.

    I've since learned it feels better to be respected.
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    Observations based on street people, especially panhandlers:

    - if you make eye contact and then look away, it's an invitation to be asked for change, or challenged;
    - if you initiate eye contact and maintain it, they say hello or ask you how you are doing.

    Most panhandlers lean forward, shoulders slumped. The other ones, with their heads erect, shoulders erect, are usually looking for trouble.

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