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Your physical height can affect your emotional state of mind, according to a new study. We already know that language bestows positive value on people of tall stature: We look up to them rather than down. And various studies have found correlations between being taller and earning more.
Now virtual reality is adding to the understanding of the short state of mind. A study conducted at Oxford University and published in December used avatars to let participants go through the virtual experience of riding a subway at their normal height and then at that height reduced by ten inches. For the study, 60 women—none with a history of mental illness, but all of Women who like short men had recently reported mistrustful thoughts—donned heets and viewed monitors as they participated in two 3-D virtual-reality trips on the London subway system.
They were able to move and interact with other virtual passengers, exchanging glances or looking away from others, for instance. The virtual train trips journeyed between subway stations, took about six minutes each, and were programmed and animated identically except for one thing: In one ride, the avatar representing the participant was reduced in height by 25 centimeters—a little less than ten inches. That's "approximately the height of a head" in the words of Oxford clinical psychologist and lead researcher Daniel Freeman.
The : Participants reported that during the ride in which they were made to feel shorter, they felt more vulnerable, more negative about themselves, and had a greater sense of paranoia. Yet when the participants saw the world from a height that was a head shorter than usual, "they thought people were being more hostile or trying to isolate them. That doesn't suggest that if you're short you're always less trustful or more paranoid, says Freeman. But the findings do reinforce common perceptions about height. There may be some reality to the virtual reality, too, as expressed in a comment from a study participant.
Women who like short men, even suitcases, were feeling high. I was frustrated to feel like again, felt out of place on the tube, because I wasn't an adult. While two people of the same height literally will see eye to eye, if one is a foot taller than the other say, six feet tall vs. That unequal gaze is connected to the association of greater height with greater power. Clearly, our internal landscape is telling us something about how we compare and equate height and status.
But how and why did our brains come to incorporate such meanings? From an evolutionary perspective, "taller is better" may date back to when humans were nomadic hunters, explains Linda A. Jacksona Michigan State University psychology professor who has studied height stereotypes.
According to this view, being taller had reproductive advantages for capturing prey and avoiding predators, which provides a higher likelihood for survival for tall parents and their offspring. Today's society is radically differently from the societies of the hunter-gatherer era. But height continues to have a small but measurable impact on how others view us, particularly for men. Men of average or shorter height also suffer in the realm of social attractiveness, which includes personal adjustment, athletic orientation, and masculinity.
Her caveat: "What NONE of these studies establish is that it is HEIGHT per se that is responsible for these benefits or characteristics associated with height strong leadership skills, self-confidence, professional development. Although the evidence that such stereotypes affect women is "weaker," she said, short females, too, are perceived less favorably in the occupational realm, she writes, adding, "The 4'8" manager may need to work harder to be taken seriously.
Moreover, how will such perceptions—and potential biases—in regard to height affect our interactions with one another as the baby boomers begin to shrink, losing inches, growing shorter with age? Will height perceptions have an impact as this large cohort grows older and also grow shorter?
Jackson thinks not. But Timothy Judgea management professor at the University of Notre Dame who has also studied the impact of height on professional earnings, believes that studies correlating height with professional or personal success "highlight that we are a very appearance-based culture. Judge further worries that this increased emphasis may not bode well for the little old lady—or little old man—who, in addition to being subject to stereotypes about aging may also have to contend with additional negative assumptions about height.
The presence of such stereotypes makes it all the more important to be aware of and examine any biases we may harbor, says Judge. But watching our elders shrink in size might also bring out positive, nurturing emotions, says Heitler. Eventually, the height roles were reversed and Heitler became taller than her mother—a transformation that made her feel all the more protective and nurturing. Learning to adapt and grow in spirit even as we shrink in height—now that would be a reality worth simulating. All Women who like short men reserved.
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