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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 16 2012: Carmen,
    That is a good question. I am a psychologist too and I left my Bachelor thinking the same. And now as a Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT) I think I can manage to think about the links between body &mind.
    TED Lover has answered part of your question, showing you your implicit knowledge about it, but I would go further with theoretical constructs.
    First thing, concerning developmental theories: When a child is learning to talk, she/he does it with his/her body. We all had learnt that way. There is no other way of learning to communicate whiteout using our body. We also learn to describe our thoughts by listening to what our caretakers observe from us. "Are you happy"? "Don't be afraid"...
    The second thing, which is related to this, is the notion of "implicit knowledge", which is a kind of knowledge that complements the verbal/cognitive knowledge. Daniel N. Stern talks about that in his book "The Present Moment in Psychotherapy".
    Also, in the neuropsychology field, there are many discussions. First, there is the kind of attention that both our hemispheres put in the reality -I recommend another TED Talk in this topic, by McGilchrist (2011, The divided Brain). Then, the work of Varela about enactive approach to perception and learning, and the research about mirror neurons by Gallese.
    In the DMT field there are a lot of works that try to research the relations between movement, hemispheres /mirror neurons/ enactive approaches and self-evaluation. The American Association (ADTA) has a Journal with excellent articles.
    For you I recommend the Doctoral Thesis of Diana Fischman about empathy, which is in Spanish and you can access online. Just search for ‘Diana Fischman Empatía’ in Google.
    It is a huge, complex and inspiring field! Welcome!
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      Oct 18 2012: Hello colleague! Yes, it is definitely a complex field! but it would't be a challenge otherwise, thanks a lot for the recommendations, I'll look for the talk about the divided brain and the thesis by D. Fischman.
      Thank you for your comment!

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