Some of the earliest findings showed that men and women with a shorter stride, smaller arm swing and slower walk tend to be seen as more vulnerable note the similarity to the older walking style found in the personality research. A rather disturbing Japanese study , published in , added to this by asking men to say how likely it was that they would chat up or inappropriately touch different female students who were depicted in point-light displays.
More worrying still, research has shown that imprisoned inmates with higher psychopathy scores are particularly accurate at detecting which people have previously been attacked in the past, simply from watching video clips of them walking down a hall.
This tallies with anecdotal evidence. This entire field of research raises the question of whether you can adapt your walking style to change the impression you give. Some research suggests you can learn to walk in way that sends a message of invulnerability — faster with a longer stride and bolder arm movements — and that women instinctively adopt elements of this style when in less safe environments. But the psychologists who examined the personality profiles associated with those expansive and slow or relaxed walking styles say that it is by no means clear whether these particular gaits could be taught.
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Are you in the Word? Are you plugged in to a church? Instead, they reach deeper, toward desire and identity.
His questions reach into the hidden places, the unwell places, the broken places — not to suggest that we get it together, but to show us that he is holding it together for us. Ask better questions, sweet pea.
Because in the end, the answers we get depend on the questions we pose. What do you want me to do for you? I think of that earnest Christian college girl, of all of us, so eager to help each other in the walk. We need it on a bumper sticker, on a whole fleet of bumper stickers.
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