Power can be measured

Written By: Allie Eliza - Jun• 08•14

Quite obviously I have some deep rooted aversion to the word “professional” as evidenced by some of my previous posts.

It’s a work in progress; coming to terms with society’s expectations and labeling (another word I despise) of individuals whom we are expected to revere more so if their occupation is prefaced by that ‘word’.

Powerful is deemed greater than professional.

There are many individuals who are considered professional and are; therefore, assumed to be powerful. Should  they not be quite powerful within their realm of interactions, occupations, and hierarchal non-verbal exchanges?

Au contraire…

Powerful is much more than a feeling, it is rather a biological and physical response that exudes dominance in a situation or over others.

Subconsciously, we all exhibit varying positions and reactions of and to the presence or absence of power.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.This can easily be measured, if you aren’t a germoaphobe and can stomach (for lack of a better word) saliva/spit.

Within any given interaction, we can measure a person’s state of power by determining their levels of testosterone vs. cortisol.

As we are quite aware, testosterone is the hormone of aggression, dominance, “alpha maleism”, and ultimately power.

Cortisol is the stress hormone. Typically people exhibiting power behaviors, mannerisms, postures and poses, will be found to have high levels of testosterone and lower amounts of cortisol. The opposite is also true.

Unconsciously, individuals show tell-tale signs regarding how they are feeling within most situations.

Learning to recognize these signs can lead us to better understanding of others’ perceptions of who we are and the power that they can assert over us.

People, don’t let others steal your power and by the same token, don’t be afraid to stand your ground and wield your power/confidence.

There are sharks out there that already know this and will look for your “tells”. Once you have given them your “playbook” they will believe that they can control you.

These are lessons that I teach my five to nine year old students everyday, for this is the knowledge that will help them traverse this puzzle of everyday life.

Stand your ground, believe in yourself, be loud and strong, even though you may be wrong, and the most stupid question, is the one not asked.

It’s better to raise your hand and be wrong, than not to answer or ask, and then be left wondering if you could have been right.

Kids, if you raise your hands because you don’t understand what the teacher is attempting to explain and you need further clarification, don’t think something is wrong with you should the teacher proclaim, “I’ve already explained this 5 times!” For this shows that obviously they have not done a good job in their explanations and it is they, not you, who is stupid!

“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live the rest of it’s life believing that it is stupid!” ~ Einstein

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