Each of us from time to time gets into a situation when it is particularly necessary to have self-control and show confidence. It takes a lot of courage, for example, to start a talk with an unknown pretty girl or a handsome young man.
Everyone wants to make a positive first impression on a potential employer at the job interview or win an important client at the business meeting.
Few people are so self-confident that they do not get trapped in such situations. How to combat that nervousness and self-doubt, when you need to make a good impression?
According to a new psychological study, the best way to conquer fear is to talk to yourself. Or rather talk about yourself in the third person, necessarily calling yourself by name.
For example, it is better to say: “Anna is very well prepared for the exam” than “I am very well prepared for the exam.”
According to the authors of the study, referring to oneself in third person significantly reduces social fears, while talking to oneself in the first person almost does not cause this effect.
Psychologists of the University of Michigan conducted a series of experiments, comparing the effect of referring to oneself in the first and third person in a number of social contact situations.
The experiments have shown that subjects who talked to themselves in the third person felt much more confident when speaking in public and managed to make a better first impression on strangers.
Latest posts by Anna LeMind (see all)
- The Quiet Ones Can Easily Fall into These 4 Ego Traps – Is Your Ego Exploiting Your Introversion? - May 2, 2017
- Is There Life After Death? 5 Hints That Our Existence Doesn’t End with the Physical Death - April 25, 2017
- 6 Reasons Why INTP Personality Type Is One of the Quirkiest and Most Misunderstood - February 17, 2017
- 5 Struggles of Being an Old Soul in a Young Body - January 16, 2017
- 6 Reasons Why Intelligent People Fail to Be Happy - November 24, 2016
Copyright © 2017 Learning Mind. All rights reserved. For permission to reprint,