|Beyonce doing her Power Pose|
The Harvard psychologist recently completed a study demonstrating that positioning our bodies a certain way doesn’t just tell people we’re powerful, it actually makes us more powerful. And she has the data to prove it: Standing tall directly influences our biochemistry, increasing testosterone, decreasing cortisol, and generally making us feel dominant. So pull back those shoulders and stretch out. Stand like Superman and you’ll become the Man of Steel.
|Amy Cuddy in Super Woman Power Pose|
More than anything, though, this talk got me thinking about how for many of us, it's not just the relationship between power and posture, as pain is another factor in this equation. Pain contributes to bad posture and often leaves us feeling powerless. By changing my posture in the ways encouraged in the videos, I might well raise my testosterone, but I'm also likely (because I'm very familiar with the ptsd stress-pain loop) to increase my cortisol.
|It hurts just to look at these images.|
P.S. My stinky dog snores and is doing so right now under the table.
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