You can all think of those larger than life individuals who seem to take up a lot of space, who have a very open posture and are seen as bit arrogant in the way they carry themselves. Well maybe here is why...
Want to know how to influence the hormonal output of your system in less than 2 minutes? Then read on....
A 2010 study written by Carney, Cuddy & Yap demonstrated that how you hold yourself (i.e. body position) creates neuroendocrine and behavioural changes in both males and females.
They found that holding yourself in a certain 'power' posture for 1 min elevated testosterone and decreased cortisol (stress hormone). Conversely those who adopted a 'low-power' pose exhibited raised cortisol and a decrease in testosterone.
The authors concluded that these simple power poses caused adaptive and advantageous 'psychological, physiological, and behavioural changes' which had the influence to change behavioural choices.
Cuddy, Wilmuth & Carney performed a follow up study where they also found that the use of power poses before a 'High stakes social evaluation' (in this case a job interview) led to a better result than those individuals who adopted the low power positions prior to the interview.
Who doesn't want some of this? Below you can see the two different types of posture used in the study, the 'power' posture positions and the 'low-power' postures. So if you want a free hit of testosterone and to also decrease your levels of stress hormone then maybe adopt one of these 'power' postures for a minute each and then carry on with your day.