Power Posing

Danielle Wightman

Terminology that applies to the study

  1. Nonverbal expression – Body language and the way we perceive others and ourselves

  2. Physiologically – terms dealing with hormones, emotion, self esteem

  3. Higher Power – expression of dominance

  4. Chronical – relation to power poses

  5. Correlation – goes along with chronical/ relating back to judgement and self-esteem (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs)

Dr. Cuddy’s Big Idea

– Idea was to fake it till you make it. Using personal experiences to then evolve the idea into fake it till you become it. This idea was turned into the hypothesis of...

Do our nonverbal govern how we think and feel about ourselves? – They do indeed


The data that was tracked during this experiment was how little or how much testosterone or cortisol was in the system of the participant. High and low power poses were used to determine their self-esteem. In correlation with the animal kingdom, people close and open up to show dominance and/or stress. Self-esteem correlates with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs because everyone needs self-esteem. The more self-esteem, the better your nonverbal power poses are.