Hormonal trick to revving confidence in 2 minutes flat

/Hormonal trick to revving confidence in 2 minutes flat

Hormonal trick to revving confidence in 2 minutes flat

portrait of a young woman standing with arms akimbo in a parkEver wish you could feel more assertive, powerful and confident, for instance, before a big meeting or job interview? You can! All it takes is adopting a “Wonder Woman” pose–where you’re standing up straight with your feet hip-width apart and your hands on your hips–for two minutes straight.
According to research led by Amy J.C. Cuddy, Ph.D., a social psychologist at Harvard Business School, this body posture sends an “I’m powerful” message to the brain, which in turn prompts a 20 percent rise in testosterone (a hormone that boosts feelings of power) and a 25 percent drop in cortisol (a hormone that ratchets up stress). The result: You feel more in control and less stressed.
You can watch an edited-down 6-minute video of Dr. Cuddy explaining why it works–and what other poses prompt higher confidence, too–from a TED talk here. For the full 20-minute version, click here.
By | 2018-04-05T17:59:54+00:00 January 16th, 2014|hormone research, hormonology tip|0 Comments

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Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope apps and Female Forecaster app. She teaches how hormones impact a woman's moods, health and behavior in talks and workshops.

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