Remember when striking a power pose would solve all your problems?
With this “no tech lifehack,” anyone can “embody power and instantly become more powerful.”
Power pose promoters say all you need to do is to get yourself in the Wonder Woman stance, and *BOOM* you’ll get “elevations in testosterone, decreases in cortisol, and increased feelings of power and tolerance for risk.”
There’s a hitch, though … It’s B.S.
According to Tim Harford, the “Undercover Economist,” a later—and bigger—study found that high-power poses were correlated with slightly lower testosterone and slightly higher cortisol.
In other words, the opposite findings from what the Power Posers found. Not only opposite, but tiny and statistically indistinguishable from chance.
The lesson: Bad science leads to crazy conclusions that grab big headlines. Don’t let those headlines drive your decisions.