Monday, June 24, 2013

The Importance of Body Language

Great TED video on body language by Harvard Associate Professor Amy Cuddy.

We all use our right hemispheres to read body language and derive information from it. Some of what is covered in this fascinating talk is:
  • Many familiar body language expressions are universal and have persisted across thousands and thousands of years.
  • Power dynamics are expressed non-verbally - and we recognize what's being communicated.
  • If you change your body language, you can change not just how you are perceived but probably also how you think and feel about yourself - and how you participate in life. For example, Cuddy's research has shown that adopting a high power body position causes  hormonal changes such as an increase in testosterone.

Well worth watching - and you'll get to do a two-minute experiment on yourself.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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