You Are What You Wear (2)

Have you ever heard the saying, "clothes make the man"? It might be truer than we imagine.

When a police officer or firefighter puts on their uniform it must affect their psychology.

It probably gives them a sense of responsibility and authority.

Absolutely. When a judge puts on that heavy black robe it transmits an image of power.

But it also serves as a reminder to the judge of the responsibility of their position.

I know when I'm wearing a nice suit I feel a lot more confident.

If I'm going out for a night on the town and I'm all dressed up I feel a lot better about myself than if I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

Yeah, I think everyone recognizes that part about the power of clothes...

But that's not exactly why I wear a tie to work every day.

You wear it because you think it makes you smarter.

Yes. I think putting on a shirt and tie actually affects the way my brain works.

That's a very interesting concept!

My eyes look down and see what I'm wearing and my brain gets a reminder that I'm a businessman...

And I think the brain responds to expectations.

It's kind of like an actor trying to play a role... You have to have the right costume!

I think that's a good way of expressing it!

I'm sure it's much harder for actors and actresses to get into character before they put on the right costume.

Yeah... but after the clothes and the makeup go on, they look in the mirror and their brains are able to shift into the role.

The symbolic meaning of a tie is "business" and so for me it's an identifying symbol that I think affects both how others see me and how I see myself.

Interesting... hmm... Maybe I should start wearing a suit.