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The dangerous, vote-grubbing comedy of Donald Trump

Our improv class just played a game that rocked my world. The exercise, which involved acting out scenes as either a ‘high’ or a ‘low’ status individual, demonstrated that authority is not based on social rank but on behaviour. A janitor can possess a CEO-like confidence and poise. A hotshot lawyer can crumble in the face of her child’s tantrum. Status is about how you carry yourself and treat others. When it comes to using the principles of Status to muscle your way to the top, Trump is the master. Like many politicians, Trump uses ‘high status’ body language – big expressions, physical stillness, and parallel hand gestures - to look confident and capable. But Trump is using status play in


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