Monday, May 16, 2011
Think Powerful - Be Powerful
Humans express power through open, expansive postures and express powerlessness through closed, contractive postures. Researchers asked if these postures actually create power? Studies revealed that high power nonverbal displays (vs low-power nonverbal displays) cause neuroendocrine and behavioral changes.
High-power posers elevated testosterone levels, decreased cortisol levels, and increased feelings of power and tolerance for risk (low-power posers exhibited the opposite). High-power displays caused "advantaged and adaptive psychological, physiological, and behavioral changes" suggesting "embodiment extends beyond mere thinking and feeling, to physiology and subsequent behavioral choices."
The research corroborates Mirza Ghulam Ahmad's ground breaking 1896 treatise of the relationship between body, mind and soul.