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The mastery of embodied self-confidence

Succeed on exams, interviews and any challenging situation
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When it comes to learn how to face challenging situations, the available literature and resources teach how to use cognitive and mental strategies to develop Self-Confidence.

However, that is not enough.

Self-confidence starts in our bodies and is linked to our deep memory and non-verbal experiences we had as child.

If you just prepare yourself through mental strategies, you are very likely experience mental blanks, confusion and difficulties to organize your thinking when facing a challenging situation. You know that feeling when the answers seem to vanish from your mind no matter how much you have studied or prepared yourself for an exam or interview. This is a neurophysiologic process and to address it you have to work on a neurophysiologic level.

This course aims to teach you how to prepare yourself, from a neurophysiologic level, to face and succeed challenging situations such as exams and interviews.

With the techniques and information we teach in this course you will be able to make the best use of all your skills and knowledge.

The most important part in this course is practicing the exercises. They will make the difference. The more your practice, the more you will get results.

The course is structured in Video lectures, Quizzes and Self-Awareness activities.

Section 1: you will explore your own reactions;

Section 2: you will learn about how your system reacts in a challenging situations;

Section 3 I'll be more specific on how to address that.

If you want to improve you capacity of facing challenging situations and develop a embodied self-confidence, this course can really help you.

If you have deeper self-confidence issues you might need to get the help of a good psychotherapist, and this course will be of great support for your change.

This course talks about the body, this wonderful and still neglected resource, and how to use your body for your personal development.

Who is the target audience?
  • Business people;
  • People who will face an important exam or interview;
  • People who want to be more connected to their bodies;
  • People who want to improve their Self-Confidence;
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What Will I Learn?
Over 20 lectures and 100 minutes video content.
In this course you will learn:
Practical activities and exercises;
How your nervous system reacts in a challenging situation;
Why cognitive strategies are not enough to promote deeper changes;
How to use your body to develop an embodied self-confidence;
By the end of the course you will be able to lead your own embodied self-confidence process;
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  • No previous knowledge required;
  • Regular practice of simple exercises;
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:49:30
4 Lectures 20:58

In this lecture I will talk more about the course, the content and some ideas associated to it.

The course was initially developed to prepare candidates to face the last stage (oral exam) of the process to become a Federal Judge in Brazil.

Preview 07:20

Body and Psyche (Mind and emotions) are functionally identical. They work in very similar ways and one helps to understand the other.

Every action is performed by the body. And idea only turns into action and behavior through the body.

Recent studies in trauma say that you must work with the body to really heal the traumatic experience.

I work with Core Energetics, developed by John Pierrakos. It integrates Body-Emotions-Thoughts-Spirituality to understand human experiences and transform unhealthy behaviors.

Our body is our basic reality.

There is a pdf article about grounding and Core Energetics if you want to learn more.

Preview 04:44

The exercises are simple. And you don't need anything special to practice them.

They will act on your neurophysiology and help building new neural networks.

You are going to develop an embodied sense of identity.

The exercises involve breathing and body postures.

You will become more aware of your body, sensations and feelings.

Practicing the exercises is the most important part of this course. Practice them from the beggining.

Preview 04:57
First impressions
4 Lectures 12:15

I'm going to lead you through a imaginary situation to bring you awareness about how your body reacts in a challenging situation.

Accessing your reactions

This is an iframe lecture. It's a form where you can write down your answer.

If you are not seeing it (just a black screen) you have to enable iframe lectures on your profile settings, under Preferences
This link will take you there:

Your preferences should look like this:

Exploring your reactions

This is the first exercise practice.

Take your time to practice it.

Make sure you are not going to be disturbed during your practice (shut the door, silence your phone and take those 8 minutes for yourself).

Grounding stance:

Feet parallel, knees slightly bent, drop your weight to the ground)

First grounding exercise

This is an iframe lecture. It's a form where you can write down your answer.

If you are not seeing it (just a black screen) you have to enable iframe lectures on your profile settings, under Preferences
This link will take you there:

Your preferences should look like this:

Experience with grounding
Understanding your body, emotions and thoughts.
6 Lectures 33:33

Understand about test anxiety: the fear we feel when we are under evaluation

In an exam/interview situation our fight or flight response is activated.

When the challenge is overwhelming we will experience:

  • Mental blanks
  • Confusions
  • Difficulty to understand questions and organize our thinking;

The fear of disappointing a beloved one has a great impact on us.

As a child, the way affection from our parents was regulated by our achievements shaped the way we deal with the risk of failure. For a child, being abandoned by the care takers means death (children cannot take care of themselves). This fear is deeply rooted in our system.

Test Anxiety

Quiz 1
3 questions

There are two levels of preparation for a exam or interview:

1- Cognitive level: it's about knowing


  • The content of the exam;
  • The characteristics of the examiners
  • Your emotional reactions and personal strategies of learning;

2- New-emotional level:

  • Primitive reactions: Fight, Flight and Freeze response;
  • High expectations on yourself;
Two levels of preparation

Quiz 2
1 question

This is an iframe lecture. It's a form where you can write down your answer.

If you are not seeing it (just a black screen) you have to enable iframe lectures on your profile settings, under Preferences
This link will take you there:

Your preferences should look like this:

Childhood experiences

In this lecture I'll explain about the Triune Brain (Paul Maclean)

The brain can be functionally divided in three regions:

1 - Reptilian: survival, fight/flight/freeze, reproduction, heart beat and breathing;

2 - Limbic: Emotions and group behavior;

3 - Neo-cortex: Human brain, language, abstract thinking, imagination.

The Triune Brain

The triune brain
3 questions

This lecture starts on the Nervous System and then explains the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic; and the Fight, Flight, Freeze response.

I've added some external resource. You will find two images where you can visualize the Autonomous Nervous Systems and its functions in the body.

Autonomous Nervous System and Fight/Flight/Freeze response

Fight, Flight, Freeze
3 questions

Section 2 wrap up
Building resilience
6 Lectures 36:14
Intro to Section 3

You are going to understand the importance of breathing

And how to breath deeply using your lungs full capacity:

  • Belly breathing
  • Ribs breathing
  • Chest breathing
Breathing exercise

We are going to practice new postures and ways of groundings.

This is a nice sequence that you can use and shape the way you want.

Feel free to pause the video and spend more time in the exercises you like or need more.

(the video quality is a bit low)

More grounding

Learn about Eustress and how it can improve your performance.

Stress is not always bad. In the appropriate levels it can improve your creativity, thinking and mental conections.

Eustress - the good stress

2 questions

To avoid burn-out we need to keep our stress levels low.

We can achieve that by:

  • Practicing exercises;
  • Having fun and pleasure;
  • Hanging out with friends;
  • Practicing grounding and breathing;
How to keep low stress levels

Coping with stress
1 question

Section 3 wrap up
The end is the beginning
2 Lectures 05:30

Welcome to the final lecture!

I hope you have enjoyed this course.

Keep practicing the exercises. Come back here as much as you want and use the exercises videos to support your practice.

Find your own ways to ground yourself and feel the power and support from your body.

Final words

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About the Instructor
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Psychologist, Researcher, Body Psychotherapist

Fernando Aguiar is a Brazilian experienced Clinical Psychologist and Body Psychotherapist. He is passionate about supporting people in their life changing and transformation process; his mission is to help people move their lives into a more meaningful and joyful experience. He has delivered workshops in Brazil, Israel, Australia, India and Thailand.

Fernando is also a researcher and have published papers and presented in scientific conferences around the world. In psychotherapy, he works with individuals and groups and has a long experience with meditation and spiritual development.

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