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Why not make power poses the way you behave all the time?

If these poses are so good for increasing power and improving outcomes, increasing testosterone, and reducing stress and cortisol, why not adopt these power poses as your natural way of inhabiting the world? Why only do this just before an interview - why not all the time?

What would the social impact be if you assumed dominant poses all the time, regardless of with whom you are socializing?

The experimental data would suggest that merely adopting these poses, regardless of any mental intention or thought, is sufficient to produce the desired beneficial effect. Would doing this all the time "wear out" the effect, or strengthen the effect?

Would combining a mental intention - such as doing great at a job interview - with adopting the pose amplify the effect?

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    Oct 8 2012: (Quote from topic narrative): "What would the social impact be if you assumed dominant poses all the time, regardless of with whom you are socializing?

    As both Colleen and Linda implied in their posts, the social impact would vary depending on how well other people understood the concept of "power posing".

    If everybody understood it and could recognize it, then nobody would really gain an advantage outside of their "knowing themself" and achieving an internal gain of recognizing their own potential (as Colleen's post indicated).

    But if you are "power posing" with someone who doesn't understand the concept, you run the risk of getting "labeled" as being arrogant, inflexable, anti-social, and a plethora of other things (as Linda's post indicated).

    In as much as powr posing can provide the individual with better insights to their own true potential, it is a great concept. But also in as much as not everyone will understand the concept of it in that way, it needs to be tempered in everyday use today to avoid the risks you may experience when other's mis-interpret the power posing. Of course, that only applies if you give a darn about what anybody else thinks about you. If you are truely arrogant to begin with, you aren't power posing at all. Arrogance would be your natural way of interacting with other people.
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      Oct 8 2012: Good point Rick, to understand the concept a little before using it in social gatherings:>)

      I suggest that if a person is not familier with "power poses", s/he practice in front of the mirror before using it in other settings. By practicing in the mirror, we can "feel" the influence on our own body/mind and maybe imagine how it may impact others.

      Regarding the quote from the topic introduction...
      "What would the social impact be if you assumed dominant poses all the time, regardless of with whom you are socializing?"

      I believe that what Amy is speaking about is not to be "dominant" all the time, but rather to feel strength, confidence and balance more of the time. Good posture allows the flow of energy through the body/mind, and it feels more balanced, so ANY interaction feels more honest and authentic.
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        Oct 8 2012: Agree with what you said.

        As a slight "off topic" examination of the subject, power posing is not something new. Amy presents it in a new way, but it is used by many people familiar with the concept already. One example...poker players (see my profile ;-) )

        In poker, someone who doesn't understand the concept of "body language" is usually described as "dead money" at a poker table. They are going to lose. Their body language will give their opponant many clues about the power of their hands, whether they are bluffing or not, etc. Players who aren't good at masking their body language, and even using their body language to send FALSE information about their hand's strength or betting tendancies, will get eaten alive by more professional players. There's an old saying about playing poker...if within 20 minutes of you sitting down at the table, you haven't identified the weakest player at the table...it's YOU.

        Amy's "Fake It until you Make It" concept is basically another way of giving an individual who has self-doubt about themselves the opportunity to place themselves in situations where they can learn what they are truly capable of doing. It replaces the subconscious "I Can't Do That!" that prevents people from even trying to do something they are fully capable of doing in the first place.
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          Oct 8 2012: Agree...power posing is not something new. It goes WAY back to Yoga, Martial Arts, Warrior Dances in preperation for battle, etc. etc.

          The word "fake" is what people are getting "stuck" on. Fake, does not necessarily mean it is not REAL. To me, faking simply means practicing, and when we are aware of the strength and confidence we can experience with different postures, it simply gives us more "tools" to function naturally in the earth school:>)
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      Oct 11 2012: I think this Rick's post really gives a good resume of the thing. It more like a social accpetance issue.

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