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      1. Rory

        C would have been my choice until I noticed the crossed arms which is a defensive action showing she might be hiding something therefore I wouldn’t pick c and I also thing d is over exaggerating their confidence which leads me to believe it’s fake

        1. Josiah Atkinson

          In terms of the question, I think they are asking more what position would make a person (not specifically you) feel/appear most confident. The stance in D makes somebody look like they are an ‘open book’ and exudes confidence which is why it is the answer.

        2. Abby

          The reason you may have picked a certain pose could be the fact that it portrays the what you are feeling inside. You are more comfortable when body language matches emotion. You might be thinking C because crossing you arms is just conformable but think again when do you ever cross your arms while havering fun with your family. Crossing if the arms is seen as lack of confidence which is displayed by you covering your vitals with your arms. The correct answer would be the man standing because of certain aspects. First his hands are on his hips and his body is slightly forward. This says I’m confident and not scared of you. This us because by doing this pose they are exposing all vitals at once- throat, abdomen, and genitals. Since your emotions effect your body language and your body language effects your emotions, taking in the more confident pose would in turn make you feel more confident.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi Ray, thanks for taking the quiz! And awesome job! – Danielle and the Science of People Team

  1. Maui

    Wondering why it wasn’t working for me. Just use Chrome or Firefox, doesn’t take much to download them.

  2. Danielle McRae

    Hi Michael, sorry to hear you are having problems with the quiz. Perhaps try it once more to see if you can get a score? -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  3. guest

    The eyebrows in the image for fear almost resemble surprise. Aren’t the brows regularly more rigid and drawn together when someone is afraid?

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi, thank you for your comment. It’s very easy to confuse fear and surprise, so here’s the clue: when experiencing fear, the eyebrows raise up but stay flat across the face. When experiencing surprise, the eyebrows raise up and form and upside down “U” shape. Hope this helps! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

    2. Flora

      Look at her neck. When people are scared, they draw in a breath that pulls their skin causing some bones and muscles to be exposed.

  4. K.Dinesh Kumara

    Dear All,

    Vanessa’s works are very good and it’s very simple to understand for any one,
    whether there are fluent in English or not, I think that she use the universal
    language of human (Body Language) to teach us. So if she uses that universal
    language, she is telling true, because whether you believe or not it’s very
    hard to fake our sub-conscious behaviors. Everyone in this field can’t teach
    what their had learn, but Vanessa’s gifted or earned both teaching and learning
    skill with her beautiful personality, I’m Sri Lankan and I’m Buddhist, I
    believed that her works can help you all to success your life with positive and
    wealthy way.

    Thank you with best regards!
    K. Dinesh Kumara
    Educator at SOS Children’s Villages

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi K., thank you for your comment. That’s the beauty of this subject- across gender and culture, much of our body language is the same. We’re so glad to hear that the techniques have helped you! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  5. Danielle McRae

    Hi Dave, sorry to hear you’re having issues with the quiz. Perhaps try another browser? We’re looking into the issue! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  6. Danielle McRae

    Hi, Adam. Sorry to hear you did not receive a score. Some people are having issues with the quiz based on the browser used. Perhaps try another browser to see your score? -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  7. Enka Perinaj

    100% Am interested in Research Intern with Science of People – where can I get more deets about that?:) many thanks Enka

  8. EricH

    I didn’t relate to the power pose either. There was something about the pose that didn’t seem genuine to me. I choose the woman with arms crossed. But I also read it is which pose, if you saw it, would make you feel the most confident in the other person.

  9. John

    I got only question 8 not correct, but I would say this is a fake smile, because the eyes aren’t smiling and common this is a picture. Maybe the photographer is a nice person and he makes Vanessa very happy..

    Thank your for your great hints!! This is very valuable for everyone!

  10. Sheldon

    Yes, pose B does appear relaxed and confident. However, one can “hide” behind a desk. Confident folks expose the ventral (front) of their bodies. Even when you “fake” confidence, you eventually feel confident. So folks, show off that ventral side

  11. firefly

    I just considered that to be a non-question which didn’t belong in the quiz, because each and everyone will answer that question differently. We all feel confident in different settings. That guy though, something is wrong about him. he comes across as if he’s faking it and so doesn’t appear confident at all. I liked the woman, and the guy behind the desk on an equal level. I ended up choosing the women, probably because I am one.

  12. John

    Its a very good website to practice , i like doing these types of quiz to keep my mind occupaded.
    Keep the good work everyone.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi siva! That’s okay! The quiz is just to see where you stand now. With more practice and familiarity with the subject matter, you’ll get there! 🙂

      -Danielle & The Science of People Team

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  14. Ariana T

    The more you pretend to act confident in a situation, that would make you feel otherwise, the more you eventually will become confident. Howard University’s Amy Cudy, has public research depicting a 20% increase in testosterone (increase in confidence) just after 2 minutes of people doing power poses, and a 25% decrease in cortisol (which decreases anxiety). Far from a gimmick. *Flips cape*

  15. Alex

    I once read I am only responsible for what I say , NOT for for what you understand. In regards your comment. My mind thinks this to say. Your conscious opinion of what is , is irrellevant to how the unconscious min interprets unconscious or non verbal ques, which speak a different story . My curious question is – I wonder how much of this the hearing impaired fairon this, Id think they be Masters of this since that their main mode of communication.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi Alex! I spoke with a deaf man about this in depth a few months ago. He said he picks up on nonverbal very easily and quickly since the main focus is on body language, rather than the verbal content!

      Danielle | Science of People Team

  16. Denise

    Actually though, if you do this pose it raises your testosterone levels which naturally makes you feel more confident? Poses that cause you to take up space demonstrate more confidence. So to your answer, that may make you feel more composed but that is not always the same as confidence.

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  18. Marian Arzoiu

    1. In B he is kinda scared…
    2. Who told u that the man in pose D isn t calm and doesn t know the situation ?

  19. Danielle McRae

    Hi Gregg! We notice people’s hands completely subconsciously. While we absolutely notice the face and spend the majority of an initial interaction studying the face, our brains scan the hands first to judge if we can trust that person. It actually dates back to caveman times where one caveman would be approached by another caveman– he would look at his hands to see if he was carrying a weapon, to know if he was friend or foe. I hope this clarifies this question for you!

    Danielle | Science of People Team

  20. Danielle McRae

    Hey there! While we think we notice other parts of the body first, we actually notice the hands. This is evolutionary in nature as we would look at someone’s hands to see if they were carrying a weapon.

    Danielle | Science of People Team

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