[Video] How Your Body Language Can Improve Your Life
Body language and the way we hold ourselves during conversation can one of the most important ways we appear confident and in control. It this TED talk Amy Cuddy discusses “power posing”, in which a person stands in a confident position, even if they’re not feeling confident at the time.
This can actually have an effect on your brain’s chemistry, namely the levels of testosterone and cortisol, leading to more natural confidence and even improving your chances of success, adding a whole new meaning to “faking it until you make it”.
“There’s a lot of reason to believe that this is a validway to look at this. So social scientists have spent a lotof time looking at the effects of our body language,or other people’s body language, on judgments.And we make sweeping judgments and inferences from body language.And those judgments can predict really meaningful life outcomeslike who we hire or promote, who we ask out on a date.”
“Even more dramatic, Alex Todorov at Princeton has shownus that judgments of political candidates’ facesin just one second predict 70 percent of U.S. Senateand gubernatorial race outcomes,and even, let’s go digital,emoticons used well in online negotiationscan lead to you claim more value from that negotiation.If you use them poorly, bad idea. Right?So when we think of nonverbals, we think of how we judgeothers, how they judge us and what the outcomes are.We tend to forget, though, the other audiencethat’s influenced by our nonverbals, and that’s ourselves.”
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