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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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    Gail . 50+

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    Oct 13 2012: You said:, "But I feel as if we are missing what happens in between, in terms of thoughts"

    You can easily answer that yourself. Look at your posture right this minute. Are your shoulders slumped forward or are they back and upright? Consider your face. Are you smiling or not?

    Suddenly, assume absolutely perfect posture and put a smile on your face. Become aware of INTERNAL changes as they transpire within the next half-minute. There is your answer.
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      Oct 15 2012: I made the posture change and certainly I noticed the internal changes... As Rodolfo mentioned in this same conversation, awarness is a key word. Thanks for your comment!
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        Oct 15 2012: Self-awareness is the key to a fascinating and rewarding life. Those growing numbers of people around the world who refer to themselves as being "awakened" are simply aware of internal processes that they had been ignoring most of their lives. Those internal conversations are your POWER, and you are powerful indeed, as Amy Cuddy begins to show.
        • Oct 17 2012: Thenk you very much TED Lover.
          It is amazing that for weeks and weeks I was trying to understand what was that, what made some people behae they behave. You point so clever, I just bumped into in and just hit the right spot. Such a wonderful statement, Self-awareness is the key to a fascinating and rewarding life!

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