To Make Big Decisions, It Helps To Stand Tall
Got a big picture decision to make? Stand on a chair. Why? Because according to researchers at the University of Toronto, how tall you stand influences the way you make decisions. Futurity reports that over the course of six studies, –including subjects sitting at different heights, being told they were on different floors of a building, and even doing a word search containing either the word “high” or “low”– the researchers found that perceived physical height directly affected whether test subjects took a metaphorical “50,000-foot view” or “street level” approach to decisions. How does it work? Hard to say, but Futurity does say that it has to do with a phenomenon known as “mental construal,” which basically refers to “where one’s head is at” when making a decision. A person in a higher-level state of mental construal makes decisions based on questions of “why,” while lower-level mental construal focuses on the immediate logistics of “how.” It’s the difference between “Why do I need a new desk?” and “How am I going to get this thing set up in my office?” Want to read more from Futurity? Stand on a chair before answering.