Anyone who has studied body language can tell that people keeping themselves in defensive positions are less confident and have less self-esteem. However, a series of studies by Amy Cuddy have proved that while this is the case, it is also possible to improve your confidence by changing your body position.
In the animal world, making yourself wider and bigger is a sign of status and power. Bringing your body into a more confined position is a sign of weakness. A number of psychological tests showed that people who opened up their body were able to increase their self-confidence at the same time.
Original source – TED – Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
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