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Trick to feeling confident

By on September 1, 2014
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What is confidence and how do you develop it?

You can probably recognize a confident person when you see one. There is something about how they stand, how they carry themselves, how they gesture. But this raises a question: is it their confidence that makes them stand and how they gesture? Or is it the posture they have and the sort of gestures they use that make them feel confident? Which is the chicken and which the egg?

As we say in NLP, state and physiology are part of one system that act on each other. The more confident you are, the more your physiology shows that confidence. But at the same time, the more confidently you stand and gesture, the more confident you feel. In NLP we call they acting As-If. Acting as if you are confident makes you feel confident.

Skeptical? We are delighted to include this excellent research from Columbia and Harvard that demonstrates the point nicely. In the research, participants were asked to take on open, confident poses for 1 minute. Not surprisingly their exported feeling more confident at the end of the ‘power pose’.

But what is surprising perhaps, is that their levels of testosterone also rose as a result of adopting the power pose.

So the next time you need to feel confident, simply ‘strike a pose’. Adopt a confident posture, Open your arms in a  wide gesture, and enjoy the feelings of confidence rising within!

Power Posing

Humans and other animals express power through open, expansive postures, and they express powerlessness through closed, contractive postures. But can these postures actually cause power? …Assuming two simple 1-min poses, embody power and instantly become more powerful [with] real-world, actionable implications. h/t pss.sagepub.com

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