Improving interoceptive ability through the practice of power posing: A pilot study.

Author: Weineck F1, Messner M1, Hauke G1,2, Pollatos O1
1Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany.
2Embodiment Resources Academy (ERA), Munich, Germany.
Conference/Journal: PLoS One.
Date published: 2019 Feb 7
Other: Volume ID: 14 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: e0211453 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0211453. eCollection 2019. , Word Count: 217

Interoception refers to the detection and perception of signals from the inner body. Deficits in this domain have been linked to psychopathologies, prompting the search for strategies to improve this ability. Preliminary studies have shown that interoception could be enhanced through the manipulation of subjective feelings of power. We tested the effects of adopting powerful postures on different facets of interoception. Firstly, we measured the impact of a single power posing session on interoceptive ability in 41 healthy females. Then, the same participants were randomly assigned to two conditions (daily power posing practice vs. no practice). After one week the conditions alternated. Interoceptive accuracy, measured by the heartbeat tracking task, interoceptive sensibility, measured by the Body Perception Questionnaire (BPQ) and confidence ratings, as well as subjective feelings of power were assessed at baseline, after a single power posing session and after one week of training. A single power posing session significantly increased individuals' interoceptive accuracy. Also, power posing reduced individuals' scores on the BPQ after one week of daily practice and increased subjective feelings of power after one session and one week of daily practice. These findings suggest that adopting powerful postures has the potential to increase interoceptive accuracy, as well as subjective feelings of power, and to reduce interoceptive sensibility, measured by questionnaire.

PMID: 30730938 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0211453