Amy Cuddy on the power of body language

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Guest: Amy Cuddy

If you’re feeling anxious before a high-pressure situation like a job interview, a presentation, or a performance, Harvard University social psychologist AMY CUDDY says to strike a pose – a power pose. Start by putting your hands on your hips and plant your feet shoulder width apart. According to Cuddy, this Wonder Woman-like stance can boost your confidence, make you more self-aware, and change your body’s chemistry. Cuddy’s research looks at the mind-body connection and the link between our body language and our feelings, physiology and behavior. In her new book Presence: Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges, she describes how simple tweaks to our posture can lead us to feeling empowered.

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