Check the status
If two people meet, then they will - and this happens completely unconsciously - first explore their status. Among other things, the following questions are checked:
- Is the other more powerful, more attractive, more influential, more intelligent, more prosperous, or poorer than I am?
- Is he able to take away the woman / man?
- What is his social reputation?
- Is he threatening my territory or workplace?
- How do I know if he is above or below me?
Usually, such a status comparison is subtle and hardly perceptible: the form of the welcome ritual, the intensity of the eye contact, the gesture's gesture, the proportion of speaking time.
High pitched attitudes testify allegiance that claims "the sternness of conviction" Respect, By the way, basses earn more on average than tenors on the job. Piepy voices, says our brains, just want to play, stern faces and sonorous voices are serious.
The consequences of high status and low status
High status indicates without asking. Low status listens without saying anything. And when "lower ones" talk, their hints are irrelevant. Upper ones need signs of power and also signs of devotion in order to be sure of their status sovereignty at all times.
Submission signals are a soft voice, an evasive look, a side-sloping head, self-indulgence, a submissive smile, a timid apology. Such gestures produce bite inhibition.
About perceived and institutionalized hierarchies
Investigations have shown, by the way, that the winner of a fight increases his testosterone mirror, while he goes to the cellar immediately.
In order for groups to remain viable, there is this subservience automatism - even today. And above all in male packs, this applies: Only when the status question is resolved, rest comes. And only then can one take care of Sachthem.
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