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Posture: Increase testosterone, decrease cortisol

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Posture affects testosterone and cortisol levels, says this study.

"simply holding one's body in expansive, "high-power" poses for as little as two minutes stimulates higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol" -- Power Posing: Fake It Until You Make It

That's what I call a paleo hack!



Question: What are some related studies and/or experiences?

  • example: smiling and physiology/phsychology

484be0568f735d7579b68ffaa394e34b

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:34 PM

I have witnessed this too, with both men and women hardcore ashtanga yoga practitioners and teachers. They become energetic and highly sexed - to the point of trouble -- as well as thin and muscular. Other kinds of yoga (hatha, sivananda) are perhaps better for anxiety and general happiness because they don't juice you up quite so much. But it's amazing how even a single sun salutation can change your mood. And all the poses that open the chest (and counter the round shouldered desk slouch) seem to have a powerful cheering effect.

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on March 30, 2011
at 08:04 AM

You can find lots of studies/discussion of EC here: http://www.psy.plymouth.ac.uk/research/ece/publications/ including some of the above.

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on March 27, 2011
at 01:58 AM

absolutely true

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on March 26, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Bring em on man!

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on March 26, 2011
at 08:18 AM

Jon - Have more information on this. Like some of those postures and good series of postures to use? And possibly studies backing it.

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on February 27, 2011
at 02:45 PM

It should be noted that this kind of thing can be used for evil purposes, too. Anyone who works for "The-World's-Largest-Retail- Orwellian-Nightmare" can tell you that.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on February 27, 2011
at 08:03 AM

Nasty - Can you update your post to reference the study(s)?

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on February 27, 2011
at 04:35 AM

"Fake it 'til ya make it" is one of my favorite life lessons.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on February 26, 2011
at 07:29 PM

texasleah - Never! I think *Dr. K* meant sexual attraction increases testosterone and decreases cortisol. Though I could see cortisol going up too if its an encounter causing stress. I would like to see any of this in a study.

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on February 26, 2011
at 06:21 PM

looking at attractive women increases cortisol? does that mean they cause stress? ha ha ;)

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on February 26, 2011
at 03:18 PM

I get the testosterone thing but why do you want to increase cortisol?

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on February 26, 2011
at 12:38 PM

just looking at women's picutes who are attrative can increase testosterone and cortisol as well

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on February 27, 2011
at 06:39 AM

Good topic. This study relates to the field of embodied cognition, whereby researchers have found links between physical state of the body and mental attitudes. Recent studies have found that:

Handing someone something that's warm (e.g. coffee) causes them to think of you as having a "warm" personality.

Holding something heavy while making a decision causes you believe that the decision you're making is "weighty."

Forcing someone to smile by having them hold a pencil in their mouth improves their mood.

Crossing your arms makes you more resistant to outside influence.

Physically stepping backwards a step seems to help you reevaluate things ("take a step back") mentally.

Feeling guilt can cause you to want to wash your hands.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 27, 2011
at 02:45 PM

It should be noted that this kind of thing can be used for evil purposes, too. Anyone who works for "The-World's-Largest-Retail- Orwellian-Nightmare" can tell you that.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on February 27, 2011
at 08:03 AM

Nasty - Can you update your post to reference the study(s)?

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 30, 2011
at 08:04 AM

You can find lots of studies/discussion of EC here: http://www.psy.plymouth.ac.uk/research/ece/publications/ including some of the above.

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:57 AM

IMO, those high power poses are also welcoming challengers so be prepared for that. I worked in finance the last 6 years and my old associate used to do this. I really really felt an urge to fight him every time he did it. When a peer tries to "alpha male" around another male they should be prepared for the other male to react back.

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on March 27, 2011
at 01:58 AM

absolutely true

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on March 26, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Bring em on man!

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484be0568f735d7579b68ffaa394e34b

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on March 26, 2011
at 07:40 AM

This is why yoga can have such dramatic effects on the body, way beyond it's value as mere exercise. I've known a few yoga teachers (all Ashtanga practitioners) who ended up with v high testosterone levels and almost excessive sex drives. Some yoga postures seem to be particularly powerful for dealing with depression and anxiety.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on March 26, 2011
at 08:18 AM

Jon - Have more information on this. Like some of those postures and good series of postures to use? And possibly studies backing it.

484be0568f735d7579b68ffaa394e34b

(10)

on June 14, 2011
at 02:34 PM

I have witnessed this too, with both men and women hardcore ashtanga yoga practitioners and teachers. They become energetic and highly sexed - to the point of trouble -- as well as thin and muscular. Other kinds of yoga (hatha, sivananda) are perhaps better for anxiety and general happiness because they don't juice you up quite so much. But it's amazing how even a single sun salutation can change your mood. And all the poses that open the chest (and counter the round shouldered desk slouch) seem to have a powerful cheering effect.

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on February 26, 2011
at 03:08 PM

My own experience bears this out. If I arrange my face into a little smile, like the "archaic smile" found in ancient Greek sculptures, I feel my mood lift in just a few minutes. Ditto with posture...when I hold myself errect and proud, I soon start to feel more confident and self assured.

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on February 27, 2011
at 04:35 AM

"Fake it 'til ya make it" is one of my favorite life lessons.

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on October 08, 2012
at 01:18 AM

The psy.plymouth.ac.uk/research/ece/publications link given above is dead. For some reason, a search of it at that site redirects to Cambridge University Embodied Cognition & Emotion Laboratory here: http://www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/cece/research

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on March 26, 2011
at 01:22 PM

The VERY first thing I noticed when eating the paleo diet was that my back hurt all the time....what was happening was that my posture was in a correction phase.

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