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Carmen Eugenia Guevara

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What is the impact of Amy Cuddy's body language practice, in cognitive terms?

The part of how the posture can stimulate hormones and make you behave in a most efficient way, I get it. But I feel as if we are missing what happens in between, in terms of thoughts.

If the posture generates chemical changes in terms of hormones, how does this relate to (or happen as the same time as) the mind-change here? Does cognitive disonnace occur between the thought "I am not sure I can do this" and the thought "I am perfectly capable of doing this"? Does one thought supress the other or just makes it less powerful for a few moments?

Thanks in advance for your comments, I am a psychologist and I find the idea of "fake it till you become it" absolutely wonderful, which is why I'd love to understand better the whole mental process that allows this to happen.

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    Oct 15 2012: My layman´s opinion is that one has to be cautious with the concept. I think that what may really make a difference is awareness of our body and attitudes; the constant practice of awareness may produce changes. But just the faking should make no difference, we all meet everyday empty people who care only about their looks, their clothes, etc
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      Oct 15 2012: I agree, awareness of posture may have a deeper impact in the long term, with constant practice. But it still it's interesting that a very short-term posture change can produce such positive changes as Amy Cuddy described. Thank you for your comment!

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