Self Image Part 2

Color, shape and width of your smile are all important factors.

Color, shape and width of your smile are all important factors.

In the previous post on self image I defined what it is and why it is important. In this section we are going to further understand why the smile is the most essential component of a positive self image.

Smiling, it feels good, it looks good, and besides being proven to increase happiness, it is a reflection of confidence. A smile reflects confidence because it shows happiness, it gives a glimpse of how you treat others which ties into intuition. Intuition is a powerful force. When someone smiles, has good body language and eye contact you notice how you immediately trust them? They are confident, which makes them appear trustworthy. The correlation of confidence and trust we know is not always true, but when we are dealing with intuition and first impressions confidence always wins us over. For example our current president exudes confidence from every pore which is why so many voted for him, based off their first impression/intuition

Smiling is the universal signal for warmth, approachability and attractiveness. Smiling only uses only 17 facial muscles that when flexed increases endorphins and happiness. Frowning on the other hand uses 43 muscles and when they are flexed they just cause wrinkles. You notice when someone doesn’t smile you may feel uneasy or wonder why they are unhappy or what they are hiding?

So now that we know smiling is related to confidence and intuition, lets discuss the elements of a smile:

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  1. Authentic- a smile that is broad deep and real gives the impression of authenticity

  2. Straight- straight teeth give the impression of success, wealth, health and intelligence

  3. Color- whiter teeth give the impression of health, cleanliness and meticulousness.

I know we are continually trying to expand the minds of humans and create less judgement and biases. These are also not my beliefs because being a dentist I know many instance that negate each of these elements, but these are all common patterns the play in intuition that comes from un-rationalized thinking.

Scientists believe intuition operates through the entire right side of our brain, the brain’s hippocampus and through our gut (digestive system has neurons as well).

Intuition affords us the ability to know something without analytic reasoning, bridging the gap between the conscious and non-conscious parts of our mind.

@alexandramysoor for Forbes

So how do we create a good first impression/self image to others? In the next section we will discuss the halo-effect.