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3 Signs You’re A Rational And Emotional Thinker At The Same Time (That Means You’re Actually Creative)

3 Signs You’re A Rational And Emotional Thinker At The Same Time (That Means You’re Actually Creative)

Have you been called emotional? Or maybe you have been labeled as someone who is logical and rational? What happens when you’re a mix of both emotional and rational rolled up into one complex personality? Can that even exist? Most people separate emotional and rational thinking into two separate categories, but is it plausible you could be a unique blend of both? Could being an emotional and rational thinker at the same time, mean you’re actually a creative person?

We often associate creativity with an individual who is right-brain dominant. Oddly enough, scientists have determined that someone who is creative is constantly switching between rational and emotional thinking.

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So if you have been called rational at one point in your life and maybe emotional at another point in your life, you’re not alone. Turns out people who are creative have both rational and emotional mindsets working in unison in order to operate in a creative fashion.

According to psychologist, Frank Barron, whose work involved exploring the creative mind, he described a creative person as: “Both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner than the average person.”

3 Signs You’re a Rational and Emotional Thinker at the Same time.

1. You can spot illogical parts of a plot of a movie, and you’re also often moved to tears by great movies

Maybe you have the skill to be able to see the order in the disorder. Meaning, you can watch a movie, read a book, or observe a real life situation that is filled with chaos and illogical reasoning. But through the thick smog of illogical thinking and doing, you’re able to identify the disorder that is creating, well the disorder. An intuitive skill a creative person may possess is the ability to dig deep in chaos and find the root of the disorder.

On the other hand, if you’re a creative thinker (someone who is both an emotional and rational thinker) you may be moved to tears watching a television commercial or movie. You’re sensitive and keen on how emotions play a part in our world.

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2. You always think about how to improve yourself for a better future, and you at the same time value memories so much

People who are rational and emotional thinkers are often seeking ways to improve themselves. Whether it be taking a new class to add additional skills to your life or expand a creative outlet for your creative self. Self-Improvement is something that may be second nature to someone who thinks emotionally and rationally. It could be representative of the constant balancing act of having to think rationally while setting aside emotions and vice versa.

On the other hand, those who think rationally and emotionally value memories so much so that at times they use profound memories to afford them a creative outlet. The creative person who is constantly seeking self-improvement techniques may be using this to cope with past memories.

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3. You miss/love someone in your previous relationships but your rationality tellls you it won’t work and you’re not going to make repeated mistakes

A creative person may be conflicted when it comes to past relationships. The emotional part may tend to want to hang on to old memories or to make efforts to rekindle a relationship. Meanwhile, the rational part of you will guide you to avoid making the same mistake twice and propel forward so you can move on.

Conclusion

The fantastic thing about being both a rational and emotional thinker is that you have the ability to be flexible in activating specific areas of your brain and are better able to address novel situations with a unique perspective. Sure being a rational and emotional thinker most likely means you’re a creative type of person, but it may also mean that you’re a bit harder to pin down or define. You’re a unique person with a fresh perspective to offer the world.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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