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Kunga Dorji
06-21-13, 11:11 AM
I hope this will be the start of a much longer thread, given some of the material I now have access to.
Fake it till you make it.
This one fell into my lap yesterday:


Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc

Note that the same "Victory posture" is even adopted by those blind from birth when they win.

Now, I don't really want to be an "alpha male" or look like I have an MBA from a Harvard business school [heaven forbid], but the idea of dropping my cortisol and lifting my teststerone , thus converting from fat accumulating metabolism to muscle accumulating metabolism, and affecting my health, enthusiasm and stress reactivity long term, just by holding my arms in the air for 2 minutes a day- (preferably while dancing to Metallica), rather appeals to me.

I have a difficult interview on Friday- so lets see how we go.

More to come :)

SB_UK
06-22-13, 03:48 PM
Power posing ?

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRZJOgnVJ3riOL-R6FcAftWdnb_KgSNPL3UzILfue5IrTv0lC4

SB_UK
06-22-13, 03:55 PM
Metallica

How about Iron Maiden ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8qDz7K1nbU

Fraser_0762
06-22-13, 03:56 PM
It really works.

I used to do this all the time. I was very self focused on my own body language and it altered the way people related to me (in a positive way).

Unfortunately, I found that by over focusing on my own body language, it was preventing me from really being able to focus on anything else. It turned into an obsession for a while, until eventually, I just let it go.

Kunga Dorji
06-28-13, 09:19 AM
Now the reverse of the "power pose" is the slumped forward "upper crossed" posture.

An example of one article on it:
http://erikdalton.com/upper-crossed-syndrome-and-the-42-pound-head/

The forward tilted brainstem actvated a "sympathetic overdrive" and the associated tension in the suboccipital muscles sends a powerful inhibitory signal to the prefrontal lobes via the dentate lobe of the cerebellum, and thence via the red nucleus in the midbrain to the cortex, and via the thalamus to the cortex.
Bear in mind that these pathways are the primary ones that drive basal activity in the dopaminergic circuits to the prefrontal cortex.

Flory
06-28-13, 09:27 AM
Also physically it's bad for you to have lazy posture hunched over etc my posture and gait were very poor as a combined result of years o poor self esteem (literally hunching and hiding away) and dyspraxia .... I learnt to make a sort of s shape with my spine hold my chin up high and Taekwondo has really helped with this

tudorose
06-28-13, 09:38 AM
I find the more upset or stressed I get, the more I hunch over and then the more pain I end up in, then the pain leads to more stress, which then ends up in more pain until I'm totally stuffed and end up at the physio and reminded about posture.

Kunga Dorji
06-28-13, 10:46 AM
I find the more upset or stressed I get, the more I hunch over and then the more pain I end up in, then the pain leads to more stress, which then ends up in more pain until I'm totally stuffed and end up at the physio and reminded about posture.

PLUS- it is the dreaded "Western Sitting Posture" that is one of the major drivers of the problem here.

Chairs are another one of those things that hunter gatherers did not have.