They think a high-status player holds direct eye contact, whereas a low-status player looks away. What is status? Congratulations! Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. They crowd others out. 1-877-245-9138 That’s why we get the creeps when someone who has the appearance of status (e.g. Not afraid to touch or be touched. The difference is not looking-at versus looking-away; furtive verses non-reactive. [ Read: How Pressure and Stress Are Affecting Your Performance ]. Longer eye contact is found amongst high status people. [ Read: Why We Want What We Can’t Have, and Can’t Have What We Want ]. 5. Status is about power and control. It´s the kind of Blog I was looking for! Theatrefolk Featured Play – Chicken. [ Read: Making Difficult Things Look Effortless ]. They are sending their energy slightly past the person they are engaging, like they are not fully acknowledging them. wealth) behaves in a way that seems incongruent. People arrange their little worlds in ways that cultivate and communicate status. Most everybody has misconceptions about eye contact. We tend to associate high status with certain favorable traits, like wealth or physical attractiveness. Anyone who is perceived to be trying hard is viewed as a low-status player. Do you feel uncomfortable by this loud obnoxious person coming at you? So those people who we see trying to impress, or putting effort into social climbing, are exhibiting low-status behavior by virtue of the fact that they’re … From experience, they’ve gained a relatively laid-back sensibility. Road. 1-416-410-2282 (International), Billing / Accounting Questions The way a high characters walks is quite different than the way a low status person walks. When people interact, watch for cues that tell you who is changing their behavior on account of whom. If you are staring at someone because you really want to engage them, that’s a low-status trait. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Your email address will not be published. Walks in straight lines. The most obvious observable status trait is the quality of the energy that people put out. Status is a Chinese Finger Puzzle. One of the ways we can learn about status is by physically playing status in the body. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Finally, in an experiment with both high- and low-SES college students, Henry demonstrated that boosting people’s sense of self-worth diminished aggressive tendencies amongst low-status … Or a low status person disguises themselves as a high status person to take that control back. In the process, high-status students may be closing low-status students out of the opportunity to participate and learn. Body is physically closed off or protected. I hope this information can be a useful citation for a post you’re working on! Johnstone discovered this through improv exercises. Status can be about the struggle for control. We passionately believe that theatre has an essential place in schools. You never see high-status players trying hard to get things. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Avoid overreacting. Usually, characters who are disturbed or malicious. High-status players have status, therefore they do not try to achieve it. This is the physical manifestation of the kind of laid-back energy we talked about above. Personal insecurities and neuroses (low status) tend to bubble to the surface in the form of anxious, uncomfortable, needy or loud behavior. Based on the search keywords that lead to this blog, there are a lot of people searching for a discussion on which behaviors communicate high status, and which communicate low status. Because students have been told the teacher has power over them. Having an ample supply of options, they spend more time discriminating than grasping. Has a large or small bubble of personal space but not afraid to have that bubble of space broken. submissions@theatrefolk.com. I´ve just read Influence and Yes! This is particularly true of head movement. Who decides when it is time to go, and what we will do next? [ Read: Cialdini’s Six Weapons of Influence – Part 5: “Authority” ]. In the game you will describe characteristics for status and have your students take on those characteristics. Status can be about the struggle for control. But in terms of principles there are two you must follow: Be open. Status is important for understanding much social behavior. High status people have incredible talk in between their ears that allows them to find pleasure in what low status people find painful. Watch how they negotiate relative deference. A homeless man who shouts at you on the street. billing@theatrefolk.com, Drama Teacher Academy Support So those people who we see trying to impress, or putting effort into social climbing, are exhibiting low-status behavior by virtue of the fact that they’re trying at all (the sociological term is “douchebaggery”). As Johnstone remarks, “In the park we’ll notice the ducks squabbling, but not how carefully they keep their distances when they are not.”.