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Strike a power pose

We know that our body language affects how others think of us but does it affect how we think of ourselves? Researcher Amy Cuddy found that we can trick ourselves into feeling confident by adopting power poses.

In her 2012 TED talk ‘Your body language shapes who you are,’ Cuddy explains how she and her team measured the amounts of cortisol and testosterone in test subjects who took either power poses (arms in the air, limbs open) or submissive poses (limbs cross, shoulder hunched).

In simple terms, cortisol is a chemical that corresponds to stress levels and testosterone corresponds to confidence. Ideally, you want low cortisol and high testosterone.

Cuddy found that people who adopted power poses for two minutes had just that, lower cortisol and higher testosterone, than those who adopted submissive poses.

I found learned about Cuddy’s talk during lunchtime yoga thanks to instructor Kat at Shri Yoga in Brisbane’s city heart. Taking Warrior 1 pose gained more significance.

Since leaving the mat, I’ve found myself sitting tall and conscious of keeping my legs and arms uncrossed. Even with those simple changes, I feel it already.

Image credit: “Rocksteady Warrior 1” © 2011 lululemon athletica, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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Tags: Amy Cuddy, Body language, , , TED Talks, Yoga

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One Response to “Strike a power pose”

  1. Adam Reece
    February 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    I loved this TED talk! Told with personal insight, passion, and a genuine desire to use personal experience to help others. And a powerful message it is. A great example of how body and mind balance and mirror each other. Thanks for the heads up Katie!

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