Just about everyone’s heard the saying “fake it til you make it.” But can you fake feeling powerful and confident? Social psychologist Amy Cuddy says yes you can, and in her TED Talk, she explains how “power posing,” as in standing strong in your body and taking up space, even when you feel weak and small, can affect how we think and feel about ourselves. It can even affect our brain chemistry, raising testosterone levels and lowering cortisol (the stress hormone) which can impact our overall chances for success, and likely, happiness.
Conducting “power pose” experiments Cuddy found:
In short, you “fake it” until you become it.
So standing in front of your mirror posing like Wonder Woman in your underoos is paying off! And all of those warrior poses? They may very well be helping you battle your fears off the mat. Try striking a fierce virabhadrasana II the next time you’re about to go in for a job interview or speak in front of a crowd or make a big scary decision and see how you feel.
Take a few minutes to check out this inspiring talk. Then go out there, take your boldest power pose and fake it til you become it.
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