Can our bodies change our minds? Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy from Harvard Business School shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions. For example, try forcing yourself to be happy and smile by holding a pen inbetween your teeth for 2 minutes.