3 Easy Ways to Skyrocket Your Status



The old adage, “you are the company you keep” was never truer. Psychologists have whittled down human nature and personalities in five general traits, colloquially known as the Big Five. This collection includes: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.

While each individual inherently possesses his or her own set of personality traits, a recent study shows that members of groups can influence each other in terms of personal qualities and goals.

According to a study, “From the ephemeral to the enduring: How approach-oriented mindsets lead to greater status” by Adam D. Galinsky and Gavin J. Kilduff, groups were formed who evaluated one another in terms of how much value each provides to the group, and status was allocated accordingly.

Perception awards status. So as long as your perceived value is high to you, the group attaches higher status to you. Whether or not you actually deserve this delineation is not part of the criteria.

Galinsky and Kilduff tested status attainment through a method the call “approach-oriented states.” The first state is primed with promotion focus; the second state, primed with power, and the third, primed with happiness.

So how can you achieve higher status within your respective group?

1.  Enter your group beaming with positivity. One way to fast track positivity is to be grateful for the littlest things.  When you acknowledge and appreciate, there’s no room for fear, anger or insecurities.

2.  Exude power. You were born amazing and can make things happen.  If you believe this, others will believe it too.

3.  Be in your peak state.  Jump in place or dance to music for a few minutes. When you’re in your peak state, your whole body and mind works synergistically. This experiment boils down to “being in the right frame of mind at the right time.”



Galinsky, Adam D. and Kilduff, Gavin J. “From the ephemeral to the enduring: How approach-oriented mindsets lead to greater status.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 105.5 (2013) : 816-831. Web. 6 June 2015.


Contributions by Meghan Miller
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