Amy Cuddy’s ‘Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are’

In the words of one Disney villain, “Don’t underestimate the importance of body language.” According to social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, changing your posture can change your mind and, more so, others’ behavior toward you, via that whole fake-it-til-you-make-it tactic. Next time you have a big meeting/date/"accidental" run-in with the ex, take back the power by prepping with a power stance. Watch this 2012 TED Talk, strike a pose (our favorite is 'The Wonder Woman') for two minutes, or, you know, long enough to feel it, then stay open (so open it hurts!). Best-case scenario? People will open up to you. Worst case scenario: your arms will look great. Win win.

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  • Alice

    i really loved this talk. it was so interesting, motivational and inspirational. i'll definitely give it a try the next time the opportunity presents itself

  • Aubrey Green

    This was amazing! My favorite non beauty feature thus far.

  • Nina

    This is so true! I have a friend who studies this exact thing...body language and how it impacts ourselves and others and the research is real. I've even noticed it myself. When I do a lot of yoga and my posture is better, I feel stronger and, maybe I do act differently. It's so hard to tell, but it's worth doing it! Thanks for the post!

  • Dorilyss

    That's a really interesting concept, as always I love TED. I'll probably try next time I find a chance, thanks for sharing :D

  • MissDoll

    I just couldn't stop it, so interesting and inspirational, thanks for sharing

  • Michelle

    I found the speakers nervousness and dry mouth issues so distracting that I couldn't finish watching.

    • Eduardo

      She needs to easy up on the coffee... and frankly I found the research clichéd (sorry if others feel otherwise, but this particular research is just one of many confirmatory other research on the topic of nonverbal communication, which has been studied since the XIX century...). I take some issue that she hints some originality to her findings, even knowing that there is really not much new about those.

  • MellowD

    Yes! I do this all the time ever since seeing this on Netflix! So powerful!