Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might 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. Read “Criticisms & updates” for more details as well as Amy Cuddy’s response.
Our minds change our bodies.
Our bodies also change our minds.
See the original TED link here
What do we do when we feel threatened? We make ourselves small.
Thinking about body language and posture reminds me of a old VW campaign which used this insight (and flipped it) to create a really powerful ad.
Do you remember VW’s “Protection” ad?