Do you like to look at yourself in the mirror? I’m not asking because I’m trying to figure out if you’re self-absorbed or not, I’m asking in an effort to ascertain whether you’ve got some potential self-esteem problems. A lot of people are depressed but they don’t even know it, just like there are a lot of people who’ve got some very low self-esteem and are unaware because it’s always been that way so it feels completely normal. It’s important to have some perspective in this life, then we can more easily see where we fit into it and perhaps, how we ought to feel as opposed to how we actually feel. Having a healthy and accurate understanding of how we’re perceived by others can be a very important step in finding out what we want to do with our lives and what steps we’ll need to take to get there.
Knowing what other people see when they look at us can really be helpful in understanding what’s been holding you back if you don’t know yourself, but it can also be a painful process too. You know what they say: The truth hurts. However, we have to ask ourselves and others some difficult questions if we want to make progress in our lives because regardless of how good we may feel about ourselves, it’s important to know how others feel about you as well because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together. So, when you look into the mirror and crack a smile, do you like the face starting back at you? Before you go too deep with that though, think about it in a superficial sense and ask yourself if you’re comfortable with your smile. Because if you’re not, other people may not be either and it could be a good time to find a Denver orthodontist to talk to about your options.
What we see when we look at ourselves and what other people see are two completely different things. Who you feel you are and who you want to be you ideally want to be as closely aligned with what other people see as possible. When you’re comfortable with who you are and have found a way to get over your insecurities, then you usually behave in a confident manner that makes other people confident in you. Being able to confidently and happily show your teeth is an evolutionary advantage whether you know it or not. It doesn’t matter where you live but if having social and business interactions on a daily basis is a part of your life, then those who are perceivably the most comfortable and confident with who they are, are often the most successful.
In the animal kingdom, whether it’s a dog or our closest primate relatives, the showing of teeth communicates something very clearly. It’s all about how it’s done and with people, someone who feels comfortable enough smiling but doesn’t do it confidently, could communicate nervous energy. In other scenarios, a smile that is genuine and assertive could communicate dominance and a willingness and ability to control one’s environment. You don’t have to be an alpha male to succeed, but those who are alphas are usually more naturally assertive and thus, able to shape situations to be more personally advantageous. These might not be reasons that parents think of when they get their kids braces during their adolescence, but there is typically a general understanding that it will help their self-esteem.
Anything that we can do in our lives to establish some momentum is great, maintaining that momentum is the trick. So much of what we deal with in this life is to of our control, but there are subtle ways to tip the scales in your favor if you understand human psychology and how important other’s perception of you is. In a world where you don’t have much control, other people are in position’s to make or break the momentum you’re trying to establish or keep going, so doing everything that you can to be on the winning end of the split decisions that people make about us everyday is ideal. Adult braces might seem like a setback in terms of how you’re going to be viewed but those with whom you have interactions with, but in the long-term having straight teeth will be a serious benefit. We all have vastly different lives though, so it’s all about utilizing our individual strengths properly, but having a smile that you can stand behind confidently is a great way to parlay your abilities with an winning outward appearance in a way that will likely yield positive results.