Your body language shapes who you are | Amy Cuddy

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. (Note: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility.)

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  1. In every TED Talks, putting a least one bottle of water on stage for the speaker (perhaps on a table) should be mandatory: There's nothing like having a bout of stage fright and finding it difficult to pronounce our speech because of a dry mouth.

  2. Would like to comment on comment below that it doesn't work. It work if you believe in it. If you don't, even do not try.
    If you do not believe in yourself, nothing will help!

    And YES! I'm optimist and it works for me =)

  3. Great TEDTalk from Amy Cuddy about the power posing techniques that make you more confident and successful in life. I included Dr. Cuddy’s study about power posing in my new book “Job Hunting Ninja Master 2017”. It covers all the subjects job hunters need to know including where to find jobs; how to negotiate your salary; writing the perfect resume; and how to prepare for and successfully pass your next job interview. You can find the Job Hunting Ninja Master 2017 at these links:
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  4. Maybe these "power poses" just get more oxygen into the lungs, thus the blood, therefore you are more alert and more "on" for a while? I mean, all the other closed body poses cut off the oxygen, constrict the lungs. It was just my immediate thought on this. Posture can make you feel energized and I'm sure affect your cortisol levels.

  5. Its not fake it, till you make it. Its Declaring, to lead yourself, into a better state. Feedback, goes both ways. This is true also with Inner Dialogue, Self Talk. Nothing fake, is going on, in either case.

  6. Here's an advise for people who this they're being impostors for emulating high power body language.
    Your persona, the facade you present to other people, your initial inclination to fabricate behavior
    It isn't derived from a place of wanting to trick people
    Rather it comes from a place of aspirations, it's because we're all very aware of our inadequacies that we all aspire to be better
    And I think that's quite noble to want spare people from your own inadequacies, that you always work to better yourself.
    You're not an impostor. I learnt that from school of life and brainpickings.

  7. Wow find myself surprised? A top Ted talk but the concept of F A K E just sounds like bad karma to me. How about JUST DO IT! I actually like DO IT better, JUST seems to put a negative start to it. DO IT got me bungee jumping!

  8. I came to this video thinking it would actually help my life… nope… Its 21 minutes of a woman telling us this: " Poses change our behaviour ". That's it. ( The way she makes noises with her mouth really annoy me sice she does it like 30 times per minute )

  9. perfeito! acreditar ser possível, sentir e viver antecipadamente o estado de espírito do que desejamos ser; dessa forma atraimos, magnetizamos, o que desejamos e isso modela a realidade. Então nos tornamos "quem" desejávamos ser porque nos sentimos como aquela pessoa. Muito bom essa forma de colocar:) finjir até ser.

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