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Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are


Dr. Amy Cuddy




Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.


So I want to start by offering you a free, no tech life hack. And all it requires of you is this that you change your posture for two minutes. But before I give it away, I want to ask you to right now, do a little audit of your body and what you're doing with your body. So how many of you are sort of making yourself smaller, maybe your hunching, crossing your legs, maybe wrapping your ankles, sometimes we hold on to our arms like this. Sometimes we spread out, they see you. So I want you to pay attention to what you're doing right now.

We're gonna come back to that in a few minutes. And I'm hoping that if you sort of learn to tweak this a little bit, it could significantly change the way your life unfolds. So we're really fascinated with body language. And we're particularly interested in other people's body language, you know, we're interested in like, you know, a, an awkward interaction or a smile or a contemptuous glance or maybe a very awkward wink, or maybe even something like a handshake.

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