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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Brilliant TED TALK: Fake it till you make it!

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "Fake it till you make it". . . .

My friend sent me this TED talk the other day. The only thing she said was "watch it until the end," and boy, am I glad I did! It's brilliant!

In it, Amy Cuddy, also a TBI Survivor, discusses how your body language shapes not only how others see you, but how you see yourself.

She says after her injury, she felt like she was living a fraud; that she was "not supposed to be here" (in graduate school, etc). For so long, this is exactly how I felt about my injury. All I could think about was my injury - - feeling like I had to explain my shortcomings. TBI consumed me. Thankfully, I don't feel like this anymore.
Part of my recovery was learning to explore like with a traumatic brain injury: what are my limitations. Can I still be happy? Can I accomplish my goals?

Amy Cuddy says that she learned to not only fake it till you make it, but fake it till you become it. Just watch the video as she explains it much better than I ever will:

Amy Cuddy's TED talk