Power Pose. Have you heard of it?
Last week, I talked on the blog about this concept of the power pose.
It’s a concept I heard about during Liz’s Senior Session (you can find the post here), and her mom.
After they told me about it, of course I went on a search for the TED talk she referenced. The psychology of the pose she spoke of seemed strange at first, but as I watched further it fascinated me in the realm of teens.
What I learned::
The 2010 research referenced ‘striking this pose’ can help you “embody power” and even change your testosterone and cortisol levels.
Amy Cuddy claimed the pose increases confidence and tolerance for risk, as well. Although Cuddy’s research wasn’t super “scientific”, the idea made tons of sense, and was something I have been thinking about ever since.
Body language is powerful
and even standing up straighter has been linked to greater success in job interviews and test scores. Let’s be totally honest here, I’ve had a few big meetings recently, that were a bit stressful. Before I left the house, I actually stood in front of the mirror and power posed like a #girlboss!
Sure, I wasn’t instantly transformed into Wonder Woman, but I did feel more positive. And, whether you’re 16, 46, or 56, we can all use more positive self-talk.
I may even have my seniors strike this pose now and then in their sessions! Just sayin’
In this age of social media, I’ve found seniors + teenagers are wrestling with their self-esteem more than ever! In fact, Instagram was even linked in an article on CNN with negative mental health effects.
Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, and no matter who you hang out with, NEVER lose yourself in the hustle and bustle. Take long breaks from social media and get out into the world with real people.
And consider “posing” extra as you start college.
When you start out in your new college chapter, a 2-minute Power Pose might be that little pick-me-up you need to tackle an intimidating first meeting. Power pose to get through sorority rush, talk to a teacher, or just stand up for yourself.
No matter how confident someone is perceived as being, we all have times of self- doubt.
Finding a way to pick yourself back up and power on can be a key to your success!
Spread a little more SHINE to the world….and to yourself!
Cheers & Sparkles
💖Andrea | Your Confidence Building Photographer
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