Lacking confidence often feels like a crippling paralysis of the emotions. While not all actors are the best role models, one thing we can glean from people who pretend all day: it's possible to change how you feel.
Speaking to Flaunt magazine about shooting the current Avengers film, Elizabeth Olsen talks about what it's like to switch from playing a weak and feeble character to a powerful Avenger. Even among Earth's Mightiest Heroes, how you carry yourself, the way you physically move, and the habits you take on affect your mood and emotions just as much as the other way around:
I do think, doing things like The Avengers, I've noticed I've felt really confident recently. And I think it's because I get to be very confident physically all day. I get to be a kind of grounded badass. And if that's rubbing off on me, then that's fun. But then when you're playing someone who is weak, then you kind of walk around feeling weak without even realising it. Anyone can bring that into their lives. It's in our control to be positive or to be powerful or confident, even though people don't think it is.
It would be irresponsible to discuss this topic without mentioning that problems like depression are not cured by simply walking taller or keeping your chin up. Some emotional habits are much, much harder to break than others (something I can personally attest to). However, there is always a choice to pursue changes or habits that will affect our moods.
Elizabeth Olsen Opens Up About Secrecy And Filming For AVENGERS [Comic Book Movie]