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Simple trick creates persistence!

By on September 6, 2014
wonder woman crossed arms

In NLP we often talk about the ‘physiology of excellence’. Exactly what this is remains a mystery, but we certainly recognize it when we see it, and when we don’t!

But research can shed light on different kinds of physiology and how they affect performance in various tasks. And this research shows that we can impact some very specific states using extremely specific physiological ‘body language’. It turns out that body language that sends a signal to others, indicating a mind-set such as persistence, also sends the same signal to our own unconscious mind.

One example of this is crossing the arms, and persistence. If you think of someone crossing their arms it probably brings to mind someone who won’t be budged, someone who will stick to their position no matter what, even someone who is stubborn. What it creates in the arm-crosser is a sense of persistence. In this sense, internal persistence is equivalent to external stubbornness.

If you want to enhance a sense of persistence in your hypnosis or coaching client, in respect of what they have to do to reach their goals, simply ask them to fold their arms as they imagine those goals and those steps. Alternatively, ford your own arms when considering some difficult task, and you may well find it much easier than you ever imagined!

The effect of arm crossing on persistence and performance

Two experiments investigated the hypothesis that arm crossing serves as a proprioceptive cue for perseverance within achievement settings. Experiment 1 found that inducing participants to cross their arms led to greater persistence on an unsolvable anagram. Experiment 2 revealed that arm crossing led to better performance on solvable anagrams, and that this effect was mediated by greater persistence. h/t

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