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About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a Huffington Post columnist and her courses and research has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. As a published Penguin author, Vanessa regularly speaks and appears in the media to talk about her research. She is a sought after consultant and speaker.


  1. BobbyA

    You asked , ” Which of these poses would make you feel the most confident? “. My correct answer is not the person striking their power pose. For me it is the person that knows the situation and remains competently calm, mentally prepared for the task. Best exhibited in pose B.

        1. Rory

          C would have been my choice until I noticed the crossed arms which is a defensive action showing she might be hiding something therefore I wouldn’t pick c and I also thing d is over exaggerating their confidence which leads me to believe it’s fake

          1. Josiah Atkinson

            In terms of the question, I think they are asking more what position would make a person (not specifically you) feel/appear most confident. The stance in D makes somebody look like they are an ‘open book’ and exudes confidence which is why it is the answer.

          2. Abby

            The reason you may have picked a certain pose could be the fact that it portrays the what you are feeling inside. You are more comfortable when body language matches emotion. You might be thinking C because crossing you arms is just conformable but think again when do you ever cross your arms while havering fun with your family. Crossing if the arms is seen as lack of confidence which is displayed by you covering your vitals with your arms. The correct answer would be the man standing because of certain aspects. First his hands are on his hips and his body is slightly forward. This says I’m confident and not scared of you. This us because by doing this pose they are exposing all vitals at once- throat, abdomen, and genitals. Since your emotions effect your body language and your body language effects your emotions, taking in the more confident pose would in turn make you feel more confident.

    1. EricH

      I didn’t relate to the power pose either. There was something about the pose that didn’t seem genuine to me. I choose the woman with arms crossed. But I also read it is which pose, if you saw it, would make you feel the most confident in the other person.

    2. Sheldon

      Yes, pose B does appear relaxed and confident. However, one can “hide” behind a desk. Confident folks expose the ventral (front) of their bodies. Even when you “fake” confidence, you eventually feel confident. So folks, show off that ventral side

    3. firefly

      I just considered that to be a non-question which didn’t belong in the quiz, because each and everyone will answer that question differently. We all feel confident in different settings. That guy though, something is wrong about him. he comes across as if he’s faking it and so doesn’t appear confident at all. I liked the woman, and the guy behind the desk on an equal level. I ended up choosing the women, probably because I am one.

    4. Alex

      I once read I am only responsible for what I say , NOT for for what you understand. In regards your comment. My mind thinks this to say. Your conscious opinion of what is , is irrellevant to how the unconscious min interprets unconscious or non verbal ques, which speak a different story . My curious question is – I wonder how much of this the hearing impaired fairon this, Id think they be Masters of this since that their main mode of communication.

      1. Danielle McRae

        Hi Alex! I spoke with a deaf man about this in depth a few months ago. He said he picks up on nonverbal very easily and quickly since the main focus is on body language, rather than the verbal content!

        Danielle | Science of People Team

    5. Denise

      Actually though, if you do this pose it raises your testosterone levels which naturally makes you feel more confident? Poses that cause you to take up space demonstrate more confidence. So to your answer, that may make you feel more composed but that is not always the same as confidence.

    6. Marian Arzoiu

      1. In B he is kinda scared…
      2. Who told u that the man in pose D isn t calm and doesn t know the situation ?

  2. Dawn

    I tried to take this quiz like 5 times, wondering why I couldn’t get any results. Now I see someone says it doesn’t work with Safari. Well why not?!? It’s the ONLY browser I have on this computer. Really bummed because I bought the CL course and looks like I may not be able to use some of these resources since I don’t have another browser. 🙁

    1. Maui

      Wondering why it wasn’t working for me. Just use Chrome or Firefox, doesn’t take much to download them.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi Ray, thanks for taking the quiz! And awesome job! – Danielle and the Science of People Team

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi Michael, sorry to hear you are having problems with the quiz. Perhaps try it once more to see if you can get a score? -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  3. guest

    The eyebrows in the image for fear almost resemble surprise. Aren’t the brows regularly more rigid and drawn together when someone is afraid?

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi, thank you for your comment. It’s very easy to confuse fear and surprise, so here’s the clue: when experiencing fear, the eyebrows raise up but stay flat across the face. When experiencing surprise, the eyebrows raise up and form and upside down “U” shape. Hope this helps! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

    2. Flora

      Look at her neck. When people are scared, they draw in a breath that pulls their skin causing some bones and muscles to be exposed.

  4. el vee

    q9. D is a horrible pose. Maybe because he is hiding in his oversized suit. The child looks the most confident, he is angry and determined.

  5. Lisa

    I just took the test two times. I am on safari. Guess I need to go to chrome to take it again in order to get my results!

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi Dave, sorry to hear you’re having issues with the quiz. Perhaps try another browser? We’re looking into the issue! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  6. K.Dinesh Kumara

    Dear All,

    Vanessa’s works are very good and it’s very simple to understand for any one,
    whether there are fluent in English or not, I think that she use the universal
    language of human (Body Language) to teach us. So if she uses that universal
    language, she is telling true, because whether you believe or not it’s very
    hard to fake our sub-conscious behaviors. Everyone in this field can’t teach
    what their had learn, but Vanessa’s gifted or earned both teaching and learning
    skill with her beautiful personality, I’m Sri Lankan and I’m Buddhist, I
    believed that her works can help you all to success your life with positive and
    wealthy way.

    Thank you with best regards!
    K. Dinesh Kumara
    Educator at SOS Children’s Villages

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi K., thank you for your comment. That’s the beauty of this subject- across gender and culture, much of our body language is the same. We’re so glad to hear that the techniques have helped you! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi, Adam. Sorry to hear you did not receive a score. Some people are having issues with the quiz based on the browser used. Perhaps try another browser to see your score? -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  7. Enka Perinaj

    100% Am interested in Research Intern with Science of People – where can I get more deets about that?:) many thanks Enka

  8. John

    I got only question 8 not correct, but I would say this is a fake smile, because the eyes aren’t smiling and common this is a picture. Maybe the photographer is a nice person and he makes Vanessa very happy..

    Thank your for your great hints!! This is very valuable for everyone!

  9. firefly

    One of the questions doesn’t make sense. It says: what would make you feel more confident. So I clicked on the woman with the crossed arms, because, for me, regardless of how others interpret it, that stance makes me feel most confident. Then it got marked wrong and they said the guy. But standing open like that… It makes me feel very vulnerable and most definitely NOT confident. So there is no right or wrong answer to that question at all… so how can the mark it as such?

  10. John

    Its a very good website to practice , i like doing these types of quiz to keep my mind occupaded.
    Keep the good work everyone.

  11. Gabriel

    some of this is super opinionated. you asked me which pose would make me feel more confidant it was definitely the child doing the alfa pose, exploding with energy, and claiming what is the childs. that will definitely make me feel more confidant. as a matter a fact i do that very thing in order to increase my confidence before going to party’s or speaking publicly. also i personally always look into peoples eyes when i greet them. i look at there hands before the greeting.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi siva! That’s okay! The quiz is just to see where you stand now. With more practice and familiarity with the subject matter, you’ll get there! 🙂

      -Danielle & The Science of People Team

  12. Chris

    Weird that personal questions could be answered wrong. Q12. I look at eyes at first and Q9. Answer A gives me for sure the most confident! The kid is pure and this scream of YES works for me much more.

  13. nonindigenous

    I got 90%… and I really don’t consider myself to be anywhere near “expert”.

    I’ve spent a fair bit of time on the internet looking for tests like this… and they’re all too easy. I get 70% or more in almost all of them, and I’ve had no real training besides watching youtube videos and listening to one audiobook during a 24 hour journey by coach.

    I think there’s a gap in the market. I think tests should be created which are harder, for people who are trying to gauge their own competence better and progress.

    Perhaps such tests exist… I’ve just not been able to find many. I only found one, and I can’t find it again.

  14. Max Procaccini

    Vanessa. Sorry girl, but you are wrong. Q.12) Eyes – is the answer (hands might have gloves or could be in the pocket + you will need to lower your eyes, which, in a sense, means lowering your guard). Q.9 – she (c) is smiling and, at first, I was going for that answer, but – she has crossed arms while (b) is more harmless. There might be cultural differences between UK and USA.

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  16. Ariana T

    The more you pretend to act confident in a situation, that would make you feel otherwise, the more you eventually will become confident. Howard University’s Amy Cudy, has public research depicting a 20% increase in testosterone (increase in confidence) just after 2 minutes of people doing power poses, and a 25% decrease in cortisol (which decreases anxiety). Far from a gimmick. *Flips cape*

  17. Sj

    Hm, I got Q12 wrong, lol. Which part of the body do you notice first when first meeting someone? I notice their face, not their hands. It seemed like an opinion question, they should be rephrased.

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  19. a.m.

    Cal Lightman from ‘Lie to me ‘ does a great job. Haha
    I think the pictured showed too much of the expresion. They are more more subtle in reality

  20. Gregg Hasenjaeger

    Q12 Not everybody notices the same thing when meeting someone. To tell me that I don’t notice their face but I notice their hands is just wrong (that may be true for “the majority”). I have a difficult time remembering names but never forget a face which is why I always look at someones face first.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi Gregg! We notice people’s hands completely subconsciously. While we absolutely notice the face and spend the majority of an initial interaction studying the face, our brains scan the hands first to judge if we can trust that person. It actually dates back to caveman times where one caveman would be approached by another caveman– he would look at his hands to see if he was carrying a weapon, to know if he was friend or foe. I hope this clarifies this question for you!

      Danielle | Science of People Team

  21. Richmond Tan

    I would go for B.
    To me i find that confidence is exhibited from your smile, eye contact and composure.

  22. Charles

    I thought the first that you would notice would be the hands since when using body language they are waived around to be notice with talking near or far.

  23. Spellbound1016

    How does Question 12 qualify as a pass/fail question? As written, the question asks what I first notice about people. I look at their face, not their hands.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hey there! While we think we notice other parts of the body first, we actually notice the hands. This is evolutionary in nature as we would look at someone’s hands to see if they were carrying a weapon.

      Danielle | Science of People Team

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