Numerous studies have shown an inverse correlation between cortisol (the stress hormone) and testosterone (the confidence hormone).
Lowering your levels of cortisol will increase your levels of testosterone.
You can lower your cortisol levels quickly and easily by doing power poses.
What you are doing here is mimicking the body language of confidence and assertiveness.
Here is the technique in full:
The Power Postures Technique
1. Hold the pose for two minutes.
2. As you hold each pose, embrace the feelings of confidence observe how the posture makes you feel.
3. When finished relax and get on with your day feeling empowered and energized.
1) Wonder Woman Pose
Place your hands on your hips and stand tall. Take up a wide shoulder-width stance. Keep your head level and look forwards. Embrace the feelings of inner confidence and power.
2) The Winner Pose
Stand up straight and tall. Hold your arms up above your head and point your fingers up to the sky like a superstar.
You should feel powerfully optimistic, observing a world full of wonderful possibilities and opportunities.
3) The Boss Pose
Place your hands behind the back of your head and open up your elbows wide. You will feel relaxed, confident, and in control, like a boss!
Congratulations, you have boosted your testosterone in 2 minutes naturally!
Why Posture Influences Your State of Body and Mind
Amy Cuddy is a Social Psychologist who has lectured at the Harvard Business School and written a New York Times bestseller called Presence.
The power posture technique you just tried came out of experiments conducted by Cuddy; subjects were instructed to stand or sit in certain poses.
Some were asked to hold power poses that exude confidence, while others were given low-status poses.
The Gruelling Job Interview
Afterward, all participants were put through a stressful 5-minute job interview.
Judges assessed their performance and behavior without knowing anything about the experiment and the posture preparation.
Results showed conclusively that the subjects who had been given the power poses significantly outperformed those who were given low-status poses.
Testosterone and Cortisol Tests
In another study, saliva samples were taken from 42 participants before doing the same high-status or low-status poses and then again 17 minutes later.1
Saliva samples were used to test cortisol and testosterone levels before and after. The high-power postures caused an increase in testosterone and a decrease in cortisol.
As you can see in the graphs above, the reverse was true for the low-power poses.
Easy To Do Even When You Feel Unconfident & Negative
Amazingly, just two minutes in these poses is enough to make significant behavioral and physiological differences.
This is because your levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) are lowered, and your levels of testosterone (the confidence hormone) are elevated.
The result is more confident and assertive behavior.
Even if you feel terrible with persistent negative feelings, moving your limbs and getting into these postures is very easy.
That is the beauty and simplicity of this method.
My Personal Test
At first, I was very skeptical.
But I was keen to try them. I just held each posture for about 2 minutes, and afterward, I felt great; it felt a real boost to my confidence and optimism.
I was able to get down to work or hit the gym with more energy and a strong focus.
I use them most days now, especially when I feel unconfident and need a boost.
Use For Presentations, Interviews, or Important Performances
The brilliance of these techniques is that you can use them just about anywhere; it is all about mental preparation.
I wouldn’t use them in public unless you want to have some strange looks.
Although the wonder woman pose seems quite common in people who want to assert some authority, take a look at your everyday experiences.
I would highly recommend before an important event to nip into the bathroom for some privacy and do the technique there.
You will feel the difference afterward; you will exude more confidence, authority, and power.
What if these postures feel odd, weird, or uncomfortable?
That means you really need to practice them until you feel comfortable with them.
Suppose these postures seem unusual, strange, silly bad, or difficult. In that case, it means you have been taking up low-status poses for many years.
Unconsciously you have been telling people you are an underdog and unintentionally allowing people to put themselves in power over you.
So keep practicing until they feel as comfortable as your favorite chair.
Suppose you find these postures easy or familiar, then congratulations. You are probably already naturally confident.
You have just learned to sharpen that tool even more.
Please let me know how you get on with this technique in the comments below. Do they work for you? Give them a try first!