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Amy Cuddy at TED: Your body language shapes who you are

Amy Cuddy TED talk
Image courtesy of TED.com

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In this fascinating TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy starts with two good questions:

Our non-verbals govern how other people think and feel about us but do our non-verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves?

If our minds can change our bodies; is it also true that our bodies can change our minds?

Her research shows how ‘power posing’ – adopting confident postures, even when you don’t feel confident – affects testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, even after only 2 minutes, and so the next question is:

Can power posing for a few minutes really change your life in meaningful ways?

This science-based and yet very personal talk is essential viewing for anyone who has ever felt like they didn’t belong. You may have to ‘fake it till you become it’ but it’s going to be worth it.

 

Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey

Managing Director at The Message Business
Jim is the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps FTSE 100 companies to sell themselves, and their products better. Speech writer, Prezi trainer and designer, coach and consultant, Jim also finds time to be a proud father and husband.
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