How To Instantly Feel More Powerful
Even the most confident people feel anxious in certain situations.
People often develop their own way of getting through a stressful situation, techniques ranging from imagining your audience naked to swapping your nerves for excitement are two of the most common.
But few of these ways have been put under scientific scrutiny as a relative new comer to the anxiety-busting technique of power posing.
Introduced to the mainstream through Amy Cuddys TED talk: Your body language shapes who you are.
Power posing has in fact been around for several decades but new research set out to identify if it is actually a useful tool by considering a larger number of participants:
We conducted a conceptual replication study with a similar methodology as that employed by Carney et al. but using a substantially larger sample
The experiment involved sessions were participants were randomly assigned either to a high-power or low-power pose condition.
Participants then completed tasks to assess the level of risk they would take choosing a predetermined amount of money or to take an all or nothing gamble.
The researchers were interested in assessing hormone levels and levels of competitiveness.
While this study was a replication study it did not agree with previous findings:
we failed to confirm an effect of power posing on testosterone, cortisol, and financial risk takin
That is to say that the previously findings that power posing causes hormonal changes could not be confirmed.
Despite this the researchers did agree in other areas:
We did find that power posing affected self-reported feelings of power; however, this did not yield behavioral effects.
People felt more powerful they did no behave any differently.
So while this study casts some doubt on the effectiveness of power posing, the idea that it still makes you feel more powerful may be enough for many to give it a try.