I recently learned of an interesting study by Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist known for her research in nonverbal behavior. (Click her name to see a video. I know, I know, it’s 20 minutes long, but if you’re currently looking for a job or speaking publicly or suffering from vague and general feelings of powerlessness and lethargy, it’s worth it.)
“We are intensely interested in what others’ bodies are telling us and what we’re telling others but we tend to forget the other audience that’s influenced by our nonverbals, and that’s ourselves: We are also influenced by our own nonverbals.”
“We know that our minds change our bodies, but is it also true that out bodies change our minds?” (Her answer is yes.)
“Can you fake it till you make it?” (Yes you can!) In Cuddy’s study, one group of participants was instructed to perform a series of powerful movements while another group posed submissively. Then, both groups were interviewed for a job. It only took two minutes of posturing to effect a significant result.
Before I go to my next job interview, I’ll spend two minutes doing the Wonder Woman. Actually, now that I think of it, it couldn’t hurt to do this every day, while I’m brushing my teeth.
To read more about my obsession with this topic, follow these links:
Body Talk 1
Body Talk 2
Body Talk 3
Body Talk 4
Written All Over Your Face
20 Random Things About Me
An Aha Waaaah Moment