TED Talks: Amy Cuddy Suggests Striking a Pose to Adopt a Better Alter Ego

Have you ever wished for a life hack that had the power to make you more confident and comfortable in your own skin? Look no further than “power posing,” developed by Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy as discussed in her TED Talk from the Global conference in 2012. In this informative, moving and motivational talk, Cuddy talks about her philosophy of tiny tweaks leading to big life changes, and the power of “faking it ‘til you become it” rather than “faking it ‘til you make it.” In addition to discussing her own personal challenges, Cuddy describes her “power posing” practice, which she researched extensively. Essentially, she found that if you hold a confident pose for two minutes, your brain chemistry reacts to your body language and releases chemicals proven to lead to greater stress management and self-assurance. It’s a unique idea that’s perfect to help you nail that presentation, job interview, or help you keep up those difficult New Year’s resolutions.

Recommended Reading:

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges Amy Cuddy (Little, Brown and Company, December 2015)

presence-amy-cuddy-book-coverIn her new book, Cuddy explores much of what she discusses in her talk. She uses the science behind what makes people feel powerful to help give readers simple techniques to empower themselves in high-stress situations

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