"You see this tilt? You wanna mess with this tilt, huh?" Heads up! Lifting or lowering your chin can make you look more intimidating, shows ...
Heads up! Lifting or lowering your chin can make you look more intimidating, shows new research from the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
People viewed photos of men and women who posed with their faces level with the camera, tilted up, and dipped down, then rated how badass each subject looked. When heads slanted up, intimidation ratings increased 16 percent, and when dropped down, those scores ballooned 33 percent.
Men with wide faces appear more threatening than long-faced guys, explains study coauthor Eric Hehman, Ph.D., of Dartmouth College. Though it’s tough to say why, there’s some scientific evidence tying wider faces to greater testosterone and strength levels, which may explain the jump in perceived intimidation, Hehman says.
How it pays off: Guys who make their coworkers tremble may be more likely to reach high levels of professional success, suggests a report from the Journal of Managerial Psychology. And loads of research proves that intimidating your opponent on the court, rink, or field can boost your odds of athletic victory, Hehman says.
To make it work for you, stare at your foes with your head tilted an inch up or down, advises Hehman. But be subtle: If your chin’s on your chest or you’re looking at the ceiling, that’s more comical than menacing, Hehman adds.
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