The idea that power poses boost your confidence fell from favor – but a new review of the research calls for a second look

If you stand like Wonder Woman or Superman, will you feel stronger? Will you actually be stronger? Psychology researchers have investigated these questions for decades. After all, mind and body are intertwined. How you stand or sit can give you feedback on how you feel, and your feelings are often revealed by the way you hold yourself. One influential study published in 2010 suggested that power poses – body positions like a wide stance with your hands on your hips while standing, or clasping your hands behind your head and putting your feet on a desk while sitting – increased levels of the male sex hormone testosterone and decreased levels of cortisol, the main stress hormone. ….[READ]