How your tools might kill your confidence?
In 2003, researchers asked their students to write down their BEST or WORST qualities.
“It’s a graphology study,” they said.
They asked some students to write with their dominant hand.
So right hand for right-handers.
And they asked other students to write with their non-dominant hand.
So left hand for right-handers.
Once they were done, the researchers asked each student to rate how confident they were about the qualities they just wrote down.
𝐼 𝒶𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝒶𝓉 𝓌𝓇𝒾𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒸𝑜𝒹𝑒. 𝐼’𝓂 7𝟢% 𝓈𝓊𝓇𝑒 𝒶𝒷𝑜𝓊𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈.
𝐼 𝒶𝓂 𝒷𝒶𝒹 𝒶𝓉 𝓈𝓅𝑜𝓇𝓉𝓈. 𝐼’𝓂 𝟫𝟢% 𝓈𝓊𝓇𝑒 𝒶𝒷𝑜𝓊𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈.
ᵢ ₐₘ gₒₒd ₐₜ dᵣₐwᵢₙg. ᵢ’ₘ 5₀% ₛᵤᵣₑ ₐbₒᵤₜ ₜₕᵢₛ.
ᵢ ₐₘ bₐd ₐₜ ₗₑₐdᵢₙg ₐ ₜₑₐₘ. ᵢ’ₘ 4₀% ₛᵤᵣₑ ₐbₒᵤₜ ₜₕᵢₛ.
The researchers had a pile of self-evaluation scorecards.
Some were written “badly”; others were written correctly.
Can you guess what they found?
People using their dominant hand were more confident about their thoughts!
(for positive AND negative thoughts).
I find the idea that “simply” using the wrong hand can change how you perceive yourself to be… astounding.
So here is a question for you:
🧰 What might be the impact of your tools on how confident you are about your work?
Briñol P, Petty RE. Overt head movements and persuasion: a self-validation analysis. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2003 Jun;84(6):1123-39.
doi: 10.1037/0022-35184.108.40.2063. PMID: 12793580.
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