We have all heard the saying “fake it till you make it.” However, Amy Cuddy takes this saying one step further changing it to, “Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.”
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you feel small and your body language depicts just that with the slumped shoulders? In her Ted Talk, “Your Body Language shapes who you are, “ Amy Cuddy stresses the importance of your body language. We as people have a tendency to focus on the body language of others and how they judge us. However, Amy suggests turning the camera around and focusing on how our body language makes us feel.
Amy introduces the “power pose,” which consists of striking a powerful and expansive pose that can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. She conducted a study that showed merely practicing a “power pose” for a few minutes in private leads to higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Due to these physiological changes in the brain studies show better performance and more confidence.
In the video demonstrates the experiment Amy conducted in regard of high-power poses verses low-power poses by individuals before entering a mock interview. In addition, she discusses the results from the experiment.
“Our bodies change our mind, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”