You Are What You Wear (1)

Hi, Adam, nice tie.

Thanks.

By the way, can I ask you a personal question?

Ask away!

How come you're the only one at the office who wears a tie to work every day?

I'm not criticizing your fashion choices, and you don't have to answer if you don't want to.

No. I'm happy to answer that question!

I assume you're like most people: you prefer to wear comfortable clothing whenever possible, right?

Absolutely! If it's a special event or a business meeting or something, then sure, I'll put on a suit or a nice business dress.

But I much prefer to dress more casually.

I understand that logic. But of course you've heard about "power-dressing", no?

Yeah... if you wear nicer looking clothes, people take you more seriously, right?

That's the idea. I think everybody knows that the clothing we wear affects how others perceive us.

But I've also discovered that what I wear affects how I think.

Really? That's an interesting idea. What exactly do you mean?

Well, there's a lot of research out there that says the position of our bodies affects our thoughts.

I've heard about that.

I read an article that said if you sit up straight your thoughts become sharper than if you were slouching.

Exactly! But there are some new studies that show what you are wearing can also affect your thoughts.

Give me an example.

Scientists found that students who were wearing white lab coats performed better on tests than students who were wearing their own clothes.

Ah! So because the white lab coat has an association with intelligence, the students' brains actually got more intelligent?