Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on TED.com

At one point in this video Amy Cuddy shows a picture of a girl who has one hand in her lap/across her stomach, and one hand on her neck. My husband pointed to the television and said, “That’s you! That’s what you do! That looks like a picture of you!”

The position that the girl was in was described as the “least powerful” pose in a list of about five powerless poses.

I didn’t realize that I do this. This is one more item on a list of hundreds of things that I don’t realize I do. But, my husband is right, I do sit in powerless poses… because I feel powerless.

Amy Cuddy talks about not faking it until you make it, but faking it until you become it. Based on studies she shows that if you adopt a “power pose” for just two minutes prior to interactions during which you may be evaluated or under stress (like job interviews) you are more likely to appear confident and have a positive presence.

“Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.”

via Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on TED.com.

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