Prof. Amy Cuddy, of the Harvard Business School, gave a talk at the University of Washington last night. Alas, I was not able to attend. Those of you who have taken my Self-Defense 101 classes know how her work on body language, perception, and self-perception can contribute greatly to your personal safety.
That’s because every attacker needs a target and an opportunity. Dr. Cuddy’s work on body language is relevant to your personal safety because you can learn how to make yourself less likely to be targeted.
Even if you, like myself, did not attend Dr. Cuddy’s lecture, you can still benefit from her knowledge. She has readily-accessible media, including:
- a TED Talk,
- a Vimeo video (this is the one that’s required viewing for my 101 students), and
- this interview from yesterday with Marcie Sillman at KUOW-FM’s studio.
There’s a few more short ones online, so take a look around and be prepared to be informed and fascinated!