Brené with Amy Cuddy on
Pandemic Flux Syndrome
This week I’m talking to Dr. Amy Cuddy, social psychologist, best-selling author, award-winning Harvard lecturer, and expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice. We discuss her recently published Washington Post article, “Why This Stage of the Pandemic Makes Us So Anxious,” and how working through this collective, constant pandemic flux affects us as individuals and as leaders. We also talk about developing a flux mindset and how important it is to facilitate a sense of agency as we make decisions about how we return to work.
Social psychologist, best-selling author, and award-winning Harvard lecturer Dr. Amy Cuddy is an expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice. Cuddy earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005. She was a professor at Harvard Business School from 2008 to 2017, at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 2006 to2008, and Rutgers University from 2005 to 2006. She continues to teach at Harvard Business School in its executive education programs.
Cuddy’s first book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, is a New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Globe and Mail bestseller and has been published in 35 languages. As described in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, “Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious–above all, truly powerful.” Amazon selected Presence as the ‘Best Book of December 2015’. Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” was named by the Guardian as “One of 20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life” and has been viewed more than 62 million times, making it the third-most-viewed TED Talk.
Focusing on the power of prejudice and stereotyping, nonverbal behavior, the delicate balance of trustworthiness and strength, and the ways in which people can affect their own thoughts, feelings, performance, and psychological and physical well-being, Cuddy studies, writes, and speaks about how we can become more present, influential, compassionate, and satisfied in our professional and personal lives. She is currently writing her second book, Bullies, Bystanders, and Bravehearts, which delves into the psychological causes and consequences of bullying among adults, a pervasive and often devastating problem, and the steps that we all must take to move toward social bravery in our daily lives and broader culture.
Cuddy has been named by the BBC as one of its 100 Women of 2017; a Game Changer by Time; one of 50 Women Who Are Changing the World by Business Insider; one of the World’s Top 50 Management Thinkers by Thinkers50; one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead by Inc.; one of the top 5 HR Thinkers by HR Magazine; one of Twitter’s 100 Science Stars by Science; one of 10 the Ten Bostonians Who Are Upending the Way We Live, Lead, and Learn by Boston Magazine; a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, an Early Career Award recipient by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; a winner of a Harvard Excellence in Teaching Award; and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Cuddy’s highly cited research on stereotyping and prejudice, nonverbal behavior, and presence and performance under stress has been published in top academic journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), Science, and Psychological Science, and featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Guardian, Wired, Fast Company, Inc., and the Globe and Mail, as well as on NPR, the BBC, and many more. She has been a guest on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning, BBC World News, Morning Joe, 60 Minutes, and CNN with Anderson Cooper, among others. Cuddy has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and other outlets.
Cuddy is a Deadhead, a lover of live music and an avid skier and roller skater. In fact, in college, she worked as a roller-skating waitress. She has one son, Jonah, a guitar player and songwriter and student at Berklee College of Music, and a husband, Paul, an adventuring Australian lover of life.
“Why This Stage of the Pandemic Makes Us So Anxious” from the Washington Post by Amy Cuddy and JillEllyn Riley
“The Pandemic Did Not Affect Mental Health the Way You Think” from The Atlantic by Lara Aknin, Jamil Zaki, and Elizabeth Dunn
Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change by April Rinne
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