- Richard Krooman
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What would happen if we forcibly disrupt Amy Cuddy's power-pose balance?
At 5minutes and 15 seconds in the talk by Amy Cuddy she gives an example of a real life situation of how the different poses look.
However she also sais that "we don't mirror them but we do the opposite" noting that when confronted with a high power pose you automatically tend to adjust to a low power pose.
This fact obviously gives some discrepancy with her own story that you can fake it till you make it. Because of the simple reason that not both people could be dominant at the same time given her example. (Or what about when both people fake it)
What would happen if we forcibly disrupt this balance?
My personal idea is that one of 3 things could happen.
1) the party which is, by nature, most dominant would "win" leaving the other, who fakes it, in a low power pose (probably also the "loser" would have a high stress level because he just tried something dominant but failed).
2) they somehow reach some equilibrium where both are in a 'normal' pose (perhaps creating some distance between eachother by crossing their arms or something like that while standing tall and confident).
3) they both become stressed out and get very on edge (aka huge cortisol levels).