Updated: Jul 3, 2019
Have you ever wondered why some people seem more powerful, more assertive, more successful? What is about them that allows them to be in the drivers seat the majority of the time? Do they really have it together all the time or are they really faking it? Why do we sometimes get that feeling of anxiety like we don't belong here?
Back in June of 2012, Amy Cuddy gave a TED Talk in Edinburgh Scotland where she talks about this very thing. Her research explored how nonverbal communication govern they way other people think about us but also how nonverbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves.
Having grown-up in the military, I have been exposed to all sorts of people up and down the socioeconomic chain. I have interacted with diplomats from around the world, but I have watched homeless people eat out of my family’s garbage cans for survival. I have been in environments where I felt like I couldn’t fail, and I have also been in settings where I felt out of my league. How is it that we can have such fluctuation in our levels of confidence? Or how is it that our insecurities can come out at sometimes and not others?
I’d highly encourage you to watch this video of Amy and take the test. See if two minutes can change how you feel about yourself. As she says, it can significantly change the outcome of your life.
Amy Cuddy, PhD is Social psychologist, speaker and lecturer at Harvard, as well as a best-selling author. Her book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015) is a New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Globe & Mail bestseller. You can click here find here TED Talk and more: “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are” as well as more information regarding Amy Cuddy at ww.AmyCuddyBlog.com.
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