The Marilyn Monroe Effect: The Nonverbal Communication of Confidence

I remember hearing this story many years ago and it has become a powerful teaching tool for my clients who I see in my therapy practice and in classes/presentations I offer. “I’ll never forget the day Marilyn and I were walking around New York City, just having a stroll on a nice day. She loved New York because no one bothered her there like they did in Hollywood, she could put on her plain-Jane clothes and no one would notice her. She loved that. So, as we we’re walking down Broadway, she turns to me and says, ‘Do you want to see me become her?’ I didn’t know what she meant but I just said ‘Yes’ — and then I saw it. I don’t know how to explain what she did because it was so very subtle, but she turned something on within herself that was almost like magic. And suddenly cars were slowing, and people were turning their heads and stopping to stare. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her. I had never seen anything like it before.” ~ Amy Greene, wife of Marilyn’s personal photographer Milton Greene I refer to it as the Marilyn Monroe effect since the attitude she embodied on that day can help people transform from the ordinary into the extraordinary. Many people were taught not to see themselves in that light. Marilyn (a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson) herself harbored raging insecurities and was said to have had ear...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Communication Self-Esteem Achievement Body Language Confidence Impostor Syndrome Self Image Source Type: blogs

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