On a regular basis I find myself surprised. Earlier this week I was talking to a colleague about a difficult client she was trying to get through to. She was telling me that the patient's self esteem was crushing her. That if I was to look at her, I would think the weight of the world was on her shoulders.

So I said, “Have you talked about Cuddy’s work on body position?”

She gave me a lost look.

"You know, Cuddy from the TED talk."

It turned out she had never watched a TED talk or heard of Amy Cuddy.

You don’t know what you don’t know

I am fond of saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know,” but I am still surprised when I have to remind myself of it. So I got to tell my friend about the wonders of TED Talks and about Amy Cuddy's talk on body positioning.

Who is Amy Cuddy?

Dr. Cuddy is a Harvard social psychology researcher who has become well known for her 2012 TED talk: Your body language shapes who you are.

I highly recommend investing 21 minutes to watch this TED talk. I was curious how many views her TED talk has had. According to TED, as of this writing: 24,871,571.

The talk is inspiring and heartwarming. And if that is not enough, it is also usable social psychology information.


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