October 17, 2014

Fake It Til You Become It

A lot of us Aspies/Auties are a little obsessed with understanding and reading body language. I know it often eludes me, even though I'm pretty good at reading emotion. (Or so I think!) I think I do miss out on some cues and I find it frustrating. I also know for sure I often give off the "wrong" body language even though it's not reflective of how I feel inside. I wish I knew how to coordinate the two better, but I am at a loss much of the time.

This is a TED Talk from 2012 that I just stumbled upon now. Dr. Amy Cuddy gives concrete examples of powerful poses and how using these poses can actually change how you feel. She advises not just "faking it til you make it" but "fake it until you become it." She says eventually, you will be changed fundamentally and your feelings will reflect your body language.

What do you think? Are you going to start doing Super Hero poses in the bathroom?

Cosplay of superheroes on OneQuarterMama.ca
4 people pose as Super Heros; from L-R: Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and Spider Man

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