Lucky Pants – does your underwear give you confidence?

I recently attended a workshop with the irrepressible Steve Thompson at Teesside University (www.steve-thompson.org.uk).  We were discussing confidence and how, if you employ a "fake it till you make it" approach, you will constantly nudge at the edges of your comfort zone before finally realising that you do have confidence in a particular field.  

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This is the essence of one of my favourite TED talks where Amy Cuddy talks about her own journey to confidence - as well as how to change your body chemistry to increase your confidence by practicing Power Poses for 2 minutes before important meetings.  You'll now know what I'm doing if you ever see me doing a Usain Bolt impression in the Ladies πŸ˜€  If you've not already seen it, watch the video now.

Then Steve shared one of his theories on confidence: when he's got an important meeting to attend, he wears a pair of his loudest, brightest underpants because he thinks that bolsters his confidence.  And the thing is, he's right!

Have you got a pair of Lucky Pants?

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Now, it's not just colourful pants that can make you feel this way.  I'm sure you'll have heard of people who believe in their "Lucky Pants" or their "Pulling Pants", and, if you ever got to see what they looked like, they might not all be the same as "Steve's Amazing Wonderpants" - especially the ones he wore when he attended the Awards Dinner when he was nominated for Teesside University Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award and he won!

Lucky Pants - does your underwear give you confidence?

Steve Thompson - maybe wearing his Amazing Wonderpants?

(Pictu​re courtesy of Sammyjo Saunders)

And it's not just pants that you might feel bolster your confidence.  It could be any item of clothing that makes you feel more confident.  

That's all due to a concept called ​Enclothed Cognition whereby the perception that you hold about a particular item of clothing can influence the way that you behave when you wear that item.  

This theory was developed when members of the public were given a Scientist's white lab coat and asked to perform some tests.  When they wore the coat, their attentiveness to the task was increased compared to when they didn't wear the coat.  The tests were refined with the psychologists describing the coat to the people being tested as either a Doctor's Coat or a Painter's Coat.  In this version of the test, the people wearing the "Doctor's Coat" had a more sustained attention span because the members of the public had the perception that Doctors were more attentive.

What you feel about what you wear influences your behaviour

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If you do think you've got a pair of Lucky Pants, it's probably because you've had a good experience wearing them previously, and think that you'll have another good experience if you wear them again - and that gives you confidence!​

But you don't just need Lucky Pants!

If you would like to find out how to feel confident whatever clothes you are wearing....

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

Gillian Lewis
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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you πŸ˜€
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

Comments

  1. HAHA oh dear im not sure if this applies , i dont feel o lucky lately so i dont think i have any but maybe i need new pants to give me luck lol

    • Well, maybe new pants are in order – but you if you’ve got an outfit that you feel confident in, maybe try wearing that to see if your luck changes? It’s all about your own perception πŸ˜€

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