Posture vs: Prozac
In this article, I am comparing the effects of improved posture on relieving a mild to moderately depressed mood, a condition that may otherwise be medically managed by pharmaceuticals such as Prozac. This is for reader's information and not intended as a guide to treatment.
Give it a minute or so to give it time to sink in. Answer a few more emails if you wish.
Try to smile while you are physically slumping - you might be able to form a grimace.. but you aren't really smiling... are you?
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When you are ready…
I expect that you will be feeling a sense of competence that wasn’t there a few minutes ago.
What are the side effects of improving posture compared with medication? While better posture may not make the world a better place, would it allow you to stand up to it better?
Does this comply with our discussions on somatic - emotions – perception? What is driving which?
Negative emotional affect will drive poor posture.
Put yourself into a depressed mood and feel what your body wants to do? If you perceive that the world is crapping on you… how will you feel emotionally and physically?
Try it in the car and note how you feel before and after slumping.
Notice that when you let your facial tone sag …it pulls the emotions with it….
Or adopting a brighter facial tone and noting the emotional tone.
Try feeling sad inside and hold a feeling of contentment in your face…. Likely hard to do.
Insiders tip…. Notice the facial and physical posture of someone…. Mimic how they appear (discretely, please). You will likely start feeling the same way and thinking at the same emotional level as your subject. Be the life of the party…. Amaze your friends… get inside their head.
Then gently pull yourself up taller – do some people look you in the eye more? Is it more natural for you to look others in the eye than it was when you were slumping? Are some people intimidated or threatened by your …presence? You have changed the non-verbal signals of hierarchy within the group and there may be some adjustments. Mostly happening at a sub-conscious emotional level.
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