Smiling men more likely to have their way with women: study
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Men only need to flash a grin at a woman and she is more likely to do what he asks, a new study has claimed.
In three experiments researchers looked at how a man's smile impacted on a woman's perception of him and her body language.
When the man was in a dominant role - in the experiment he gave them instructions - women obeyed him more often if he grinned at them.
This was the case even if he said a blatantly sexist statement afterwards, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
The study by the University of Granada in Spain also found that women assumed a more narrow and submissive posture when a man smiled at them.
The researchers concluded that the man's 'perceived warmth' was the reason for the woman's behaviour.
Body language expert Patti Wood said that the findings were troubling but it could be because women rely on body language more than men to make decisions.
"Even if there's dissonance between what's been said and what his body is doing, women will look to the body. If they see a smile, then the interaction seems more friendly," she said.
"It's a tricky situation, and one that highlights just how subtly sexism can intrude on interactions," she said.
Wood's advice to women who do not want to be manipulated by a man's smile - especially when they are at work - is to know what you want before meeting men.
She said that this will improve your body language and communication and reduce the number of nervous tics that reveal your anxieties.
Another of her tips is to watch yourself - stop avoiding eye contact and stop smiling too much yourself.
"Smiling can make women seem more subordinate. If you're smiling when giving an important statement, it makes thatstatement weaker," Wood, who is based in the US, said.
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