Your body language shapes who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions

Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree.

But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. And her training as a classical dancer (another skill she regained after her injury) is evident in her fascinating work on “power posing” — how your body position influences others and even your own brain.

“Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful.”

TIME Game Changers, March 19, 2012

How can hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy offers a number of techniques which can be useful for the mental rehearsal of a desired behavior . This can later give us the appropriate confidence and serenity for facing that behaviour in real life. This work, combined with Amy Cuddy’s power posing, can help us become what we want instead of, as Ms Cuddy explains in the video, simply pretending it. To encourage us to believe that we really can become what we want, not just saying this from a rational discourse.

Hypnotherapeutic techniques are based on behavioural, cognitive and/or psychodynamic psychological principles combined with hypnosis. Once our goal will have been negotiated and agreed with the therapist, life experience and beliefs of each individual will be taken into account before applying one or a combination of the aforementioned principles.

 

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About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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