Fake It Til You Become It


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Today in class, we talked about faking it til you make it. Could it be possible to to take it one step further than that? What if we could fake it til we BECOME it. Amy Cuddy, a Harvard professor and renowned scientist, has opened the door on this incredible possibility. In class we talked about how other may perceive you as being more powerful and dominant. But we didn't really talk about what those poses do to our own brains. Although Andrew eluded to doing power poses before going in for an interview, I wanted to take it a step further.
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Cuddy found that by doing a power pose for just 120 seconds, there can be an incredible increase of 20% testosterone in the body. Her study also suggested that there could also be up to a 25% reduction in the stress inducing hormone, cortisol. In the video, she suggests that if one were to constantly perform these poses for two or three weeks, they will train themselves to do those poses and cause a permanent increase of appearance of power. That is truly the definition of faking it til you make it. 
Now, could there be a causal relationship between testosterone and power positions? We have established in class that there is a reverse causation. Do you guys think that it could be possible that the more testosterone one has, the more likely they are to do power positions?

TED : http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html
http://www.ted.com/speakers/amy_cuddy.html

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I found this article to be very interesting, perhaps an alternative could be once you start doing these poses it becomes psychological instead of biology affecting the body? Who really knows! Great if it works for people, I might even just try some myself soon! Here a few cool ones that can apparently help your career! Check them out! http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323608504579022942032641408

This was a great article because I can relate to it very well. I always thought of myself in a higher light than what I've actually achieved, so it feels like I have actually done it. It works positively though, if you convince yourself that you already did something, it makes it easier to ACTUALLY do it for a "second" time, or a first real time.

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/faking-it-till-you-make-it-actually-works

I enjoyed this conversation in class! Here is another article that add to this! But do we really have enough confidence to fake it until we become it?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bonniemarcus/2013/11/19/the-battle-between-your-power-pose-and-the-imposter-syndrome-who-wins/

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