What Your Shoulders Say About You (Psychology Today Article)
“Silverbacks don’t go after silverbacks, they go after everything else.”
From the Article:
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.
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Total Comments 9
6/04/2012 5:38pm, #2
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.
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.GET A RED BELT OR DIE TRYIN'.
6/04/2012 5:43pm, #3
The psycopath wasn't exactly dian fossey was he?
The next confrontation I get into i will beat my chest and grunt. I will let you guys know what happens.
Last edited by gregaquaman; 6/04/2012 5:46pm at .Whitsunday Martial Arts Airlie Beach North Queensland.
6/05/2012 7:11am, #4
+1 on gregaquaman.
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.
6/05/2012 7:13am, #5
6/05/2012 9:10am, #6
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She looked ready to sacrifice that little dude at any time.
6/05/2012 11:20pm, #7Carter Hargrave's Jeet Can't Do
6/05/2012 11:50pm, #8
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.GET A RED BELT OR DIE TRYIN'.
6/06/2012 4:11pm, #9
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I was going to quote Steve Arce, but Bullshido won't let me post in uppercase.
6/14/2012 6:40pm, #10
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.