“Fake it until you become it,” social psychologist Amy Cuddy tells us, as she explains how our non-verbals govern how we think about ourselves. In her Ted Talk, “Your body language shapes who you are,” Cuddy dives into her research on body language and its power to transform our confidence.
Cuddy found that when people strike a “power pose”, or a stance that portrays confidence, the results are nothing short of mood-changing. When held for a mere 2 minutes, a power pose triggers hormonal changes that configure the brain to become more “assertive, confident, and comfortable.” This means our physical posture does, indeed, shape how we see ourselves and how successful we can become. We dive deeper into the research and how-to explanation of the power poses here.
Could an infusion of power posing change the outcome of your next presentation or interview? Could it perhaps even fit nicely into your morning coffee and oatmeal routine? Would you like to be more effective in social situations, dating, or interactions with your colleagues?
View our Power Pose Guide above to learn about how a simple stance can transform your mind and actions!
Check out the infographic below from the Ted Blog as well!
Although we reference the “wonder woman” pose developed by Cuddy, it’s important to note that this is not simply a female issue. These power poses can strike might into the male psyche as well! Cuddy based these findings on research conducted on men and women alike.
So be tall and proud, and teach people, and yourself, how to treat you. We will end with one of our favorite Christine Jones quotes: “People treat you the way you let them treat you.”