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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 17 2012: I love the talk, and I love your question/
    It is such an awesome thing is that we can understand and regulate our body. Well by regulating it, we also change the hormones in it. IS not that amazing or terrifying fact for us? I believe almost everybody should see t in practice then coe back to TED and share their experiences.
    Best,
    Andrey
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      Oct 18 2012: I agree, and the wonderful thing is that it goes both ways. Thoughts and emotions can reflect on posture but also can be influenced by posture, I also thought it was a wonderful talk, also Amy's testimony is just absolutely moving. Thanks for your comment, Andrey.

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