Want to trick people into thinking that you’re a confident person so that they’ll like you better for who you aren’t? Follow these three easy steps and you’ll be living a double life in no time. Warning: utilizing these tips may cause you to genuinely feel better about yourself.
Stop Flaunting Your Low Self-Esteem
No one cares that you think you’re fat and, frankly, no one wants to silently pretend that you aren’t fat (when you clearly are). Don’t make other people uncomfortable because you’re uncomfortable with yourself. You should never:
- Randomly bring up your flaws such as weight, blemishes, or club-foot. Everyone can see your fat, fatty. No one wants to talk about it. Spare people of having to awkwardly reassure you that ‘you’re not fat…’ before trailing off into an awkward silence.
- Point out how bad you look in photographs. Again, having to reassure you that you look fine is annoying and awkward for people around you. This is especially irritating when you do, in fact, look fine, because you’re not going to believe what other people say anyway. You’ve already made up your mind about how bad you look. Don’t call attention to it. For the sake of yourself, everyone you’re with, and the atmosphere in the room, just act like everything’s cool.
Hold Your Head Up
Literally. If you walk around looking at the ground all the time, you look and feel like more of a schlub. Simply picking your head up and walking with a straight back and forward gaze makes you appear both taller and more confident. It’s scientifically proven that mimicking poses can influence our attitudes and emotions, so walking with a more confident gait will genuinely help you feel more confident as well.
Don’t Deny Compliments
“You look cute!” “Eh, thanks, I look okay.”
“I love your makeup” “Really? It’s so shitty today.”
When someone offers you a compliment, they aren’t asking to begin a short therapy session with you and your issues. They just want to say something nice to you. You don’t have to believe them. Go on hating yourself as much as you want, but at least don’t drag the other person down into your moment of self-loathing awkwardness by denying their compliment.
The proper response would be “Oh, thanks.” You don’t even have to agree with them. Just say thanks and let it fade away with that moment in time.
Do something really embarrassing? Who cares? Laugh about it. Are others laughing about it? Laugh with them. There’s no better way to seem comfortable and confident than by being the butt of your own joke. Donning a nonchalant, carefree attitude and a good sense of humor can improve both your appearance and the way you feel about yourself. Not being able to laugh about yourself makes you seem overly serious and delicate. In a word: unfun.
Embrace your embarrassing moments with pride. Don’t try to hide. Not only will you start to feel better about yourself (less shame), but you’ll make others feel more comfortable about themselves as well. There’s nothing like an embarrassing story to illicit a lot of hilarious and embarrassing stories from others.