Everyone likes to think of themselves as somewhat of a superhero, right? Or maybe you admire someone who you think resembles a superhero...

But the reality is, we can all be superheroes!

I have been binge watching Grey’s Anatomy for the last 4 months or so, and I have to admit - I’m hooked! I’ve learnt a lot from it (not medically though!) and it has some really good ‘food for thought’ moments.

Recently, a neurosurgeon had the ‘impossible’ task of removing a deeply embedded tumour in someone’s brain. The scene shows her (Amelia) stood in the scrub room, hands in fists on her hips, chest pushed out and head held high.

When questioned by a lesser experienced doctor (Stephanie) she says “I’m being a superhero. There’s a scientific study that shows that if you stand like this - in superhero pose - for just five minutes before a job interview, a big presentation or a really hard task, you will not only feel more confident, you will perform immeasurably better too.”

I was gobsmacked - it’s genius. But is it true?

I couldn’t resist! I had to look into it. And it turns out, it is indeed true!

In 2012, a group at Harvard did in fact conduct a study to see how ‘preparatory power posing affects performance’.

The study found, and I quote, that power posing for a few minutes before a big ‘social’ situation meant that participants “appeared to better maintain their composure, project more confidence, and present more captivating and enthusiastic speeches, in turn leading to higher overall performance evaluations.”

So! Next time you’re faced with a big challenge - a job interview, giving a speech, or even just something you find hard socially - give it a try! Take the ‘superhero’ stance for 5 minutes and see if it helps to boost your confidence. Because, after all, we all deserve to feel like superheroes at least once, right?

Harvard Study: https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/9547823/13-027.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

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