Skip to Main Content
by Derek Loosvelt | November 02, 2010


The next time you catch yourself slouching or slinking lower in your swivel chair, try to remember this: according to a recent study published in Psychological Science (and reported on by FINS), when men and women strike a powerful physical pose such as kicking back in their chair and throwing their feet up on their desk, they show a spike in their level of testosterone, "a hormone that cultivates dominant behavior, muscle growth and risk tolerance." And, "at the same time, they show decreases in cortisol, a hormone that is released as a response to stress."

That is, dudes and ladies who take on powerful postures actually gain more power -- as well as a greater appetite for risk: "After the initial posing experiment, each of the 42 subjects was given $2 and the choice of gambling the money on a 50/50 chance to win $4. Some 86% of those who had just struck powerful stances took the bet, compared to 60% of the subjects who had been in weaker positions."

Which begs the question: where's your body right now, creating power or losing it?


Filed Under: Finance

Want to be found by top employers? Upload Your Resume

Join Gold to Unlock Company Reviews

Subscribe to the Vault

Be the first to read new articles and get updates from the Vault team.