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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).

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    Oct 13 2012: While I can see your scenario, I envisioned something different. Let's say you have two people of equal capability, one of whom has a tendency to shrink back. The other comes into the room and seeing (perhaps subconsciously) the shrinking body language, registers the message, "I am going to need to take control of this." Thus we see body language that supports this position.

    Let's say instead, the shrinking violet comes in with a can-do way of projecting himself (not shrinking, but not Captain America either). Number two doesn't now become a shrinking violet, but thinks "I have a full partner in this."

    I don't see most situations in life as contests for authority with either escalating poses or people needing to settle into a hierarchy.
    • Oct 14 2012: interresting point... what you took from the talk is slightly different from how I enterpreted it. To me it felt a lot like these situations are (probably subconcious) still a contest for authority/power.

      It would be nice if both would think "I have a full partner in this" but to me her line about 'complementing the other pose' has some problems regarding this (aka high power pose is complemented by a low power pose). Which is what I'm trying to saying above as well.
      I can see your reasoning from a (kind of) mutual respect for body language.

      I myself am unsure which of the options actually happens. Do you perhaps know of any findings that support your view? (Because I don't have this for my hypotheses which is why I asked the above question :)). It would be interresting to know about this.
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        Oct 14 2012: I have worked a lot in collaborative environments, both in education and outside of it. I am someone who notices body language. I do not see in my personal experiences that teams universally show dramatic opposing postures.

        It sometimes happens, but it depends on the personalities involved and whether whomever set up the learning or work environment has done so intentionally so as to discourage or to encourage competition for status.