Professor Cuddy describes open, expansive postures as power posing. Standing, tall, proud, and confident can have positive ramifications on how you view yourself, how others view you, and directly impact your performance. She challenges you to change your posture for two minutes… as it could significantly change the way your life unfolds.
The following illustration displays postures of low and high power poses. With hand placements on your face, neck, or pockets, you convey to others a lack of confidence and the need to protect yourself. These poses communicate and display weakness. When you open your body, movements, and gestures, you exude power. These gestures make you appear strong, assertive, and ready to take control!
Fake It ‘Til You Make It
According to Professor Cuddy, studies have shown that forcing yourself into a power posed position for at least two minutes increases the dominance hormone [testosterone] and decreases the stress hormone [cortisol]. These immediate changes to your body’s chemistry create an ability to feel confident and create a sense of power and influence. According to this theory, the more you fake it, the more likely you are to become what you are portraying yourself to be.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
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