Have you ever been in a situation where you felt weak and didn’t feel in control of what was going on?

 

According to Harvard Business School psychologist, Amy Cudy, channeling your inner Wonder Woman can do the trick.  Yes, you hear me right.  Stand up.  Place your legs apart.  Place your hands on your hip and strike your power pose.

 

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High Power Poses Image Source: tedtalk.com

Feel anything?

Well according to Cudy, this Wonder Woman power pose can change your life and your hormone levels.  Cuddy and her collaborators, Dana Carney and Andy Yap have reported that results from their study confirmed their prediction that posing in high-power nonverbal displays

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Amy Cudy giving Ted Talk about power poses. Image Source: tedtalk.com

experienced elevations in testosterone, decreases in cortisol, increased feelings of power and tolerance for risk as opposed to low-power nonverbal displays showed the opposite effects.  They behavioral changes were true for both male and female participants.

 

So the next time you find yourself needing to take charge, get your Wonder Woman on and strike a pose.

Do you have a favorite pose?  Please share below.

 

 

https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are

Click on the video above to watch one the most popular TED Talks that Cudy gives about power poses.