Are you aware that body language affects not only how others see us, but it may also change how you see yourselves? Do you spend hours thinking how to boost your confidence in order to look more powerful? Why not to do it the other way around and try to look powerful in first instance? Do not underestimate the power of your body, especially if you want to be seen as successful woman!
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy has done a lot of research on body language revealing that we can actually change other people’s perceptions — and more interestingly, even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions. She shows that our posture can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. She mentions that power posing – like standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone (powerful hormone) and cortisol (stress hormone) levels in our brains, which might have an impact on our chances for success like for example if you or your colleague will be promoted.
This is especially important for women who often feel less powerful than man to be aware of how power and pride can change the way they are being perceived. Pretend to be powerful and then you also will feel more powerful. Our minds change our bodies, but our bodies also can change our minds!
We highly recommend to see Amy’s speech on Ted here.