These impressive numbers should make us understand at a glance how important it is everything that we communicate through our gestures, our facial expressions and our body attitude. Needless to deny that there is a close relationship between our mind and our body, and it is almost superfluous to recall that every gesture has a symbolic value. Our gestures can confirm or deny what our words say, but at the same time they also express everything we feel subconsciously, and every thought or set of thoughts can thus be translated by a facial expression or body posture. For example, the manner in which a person sits in front of us is almost always one of the hallmarks of his personality, but also an index to the mental climate in which there is at that moment, if he sits down and puts his hands on thighs in a submissive position, if he sits on the edge of the chair, most likely discouraged, but if you sit across expresses the need to protect themselves because they feel threatened or dominated, and so on.But what we can control or change our actions? Certainly we should try to change the actions that disqualify us or offer us a negative image, we should learn to identify them so that they can change or control, that becomes important in critical situations like a business meeting or a school exam. Yet this is not an easy task, because our conduct is very ritualized. For example, all sleep in the same way or shake hands the same way, in short, all the rituals that we have a psychiatrist called “red sign”, ie gestures that reproduce more often than others. Some are very obvious, others more difficult to see because they are the ones most often related to an emotional context, and when they are taken to the extreme can indicate a neurotic behavior.
The language of seduction
Thanks to the studies Boltzmann Institute of the University of Vienna, and the research carried out on 48 pairs of strangers in a waiting room, we now know much more of a known phenomenon, that of timing: not just two people like each other tend to repeat each other’s gestures and positions, but it would create among themselves a kind of rhythm, a dance of love for each other couple. This is generally the woman to write the rhythm because it is she who must express interest in a manner not too obvious and see if the man is consistent. The signs of seduction are classic female: touch my hair, blink, licked his lips, fiddling with the rings, swinging her hips. The men in the mood for conquest, however, widen the shoulders to show off the well-stretched chest, raise his chin, extend their legs and sometimes even change the voice, making them take a more nasal tone …
A body, even three
Sometimes it seems the body alive with its own life: he wants the cake when we decided to go on a diet, he is tired just when we want to go out or is “too much” but not as we would like. Because this relationship is so complicated? Our body is not just a conglomeration of organs and tissues, a machine that gives us life – but it is also a body of fantasy, dream, built by the internal images that we do we do and in which the unconscious plays a part, and Finally, it is an institutional body, what we have in place the cultural norms and social conventions: the body is beloved by fashion, aesthetics, and the dietary rules of behavior. Sounds complicated? Think of a gourmet who loves to eat not only nourishes the body’s biological, but also supplies the mind of a huge range of pleasures that sometimes want to share with others. In general, however, one of the “bodies” prevails over the other two – for example food-related diseases in people with the body phantom is what dominates: the anorexic does not see his body as it really is, but wants to show that You can live without food and so escape the laws of the body-machine, setting up the meal.
The image of the body
The image of the body is a complex concept that raises different issues and it seems so difficult to grasp.
In summary, body image is based primarily on body consciousness, and is constructed from cenesthetic sensations (ie the feeling of the movements of his body and ability to control them). If not, the blind would have no body image because they have the opportunity to look at. Their body structure is rather well established and they know to bring a spoon to the mouth, a sport and stay in balance.
postural model is the knowledge (more or less conscious) that at every moment we have the situation of our body and its various parts. This leads to the location of the body with respect to the environment (in the middle of a room or on the edge of a rock), its position (sitting, standing, lying …) in its movement (walking, running …), or his movement (eating, grooming …). Without postural model we could not bring a spoon to his mouth without looking or, as children, introduced him to the cheek. The model allows us to walk without postural sway or run, and its refining and training are essential to keep us in perfect balance. That ‘s what Bonnier was not called vertigo
the body schema is the synthesis of all the expressions that come from our body. The basis of the ego is represented by this perpetual consciousness of the body, and includes the tactile, thermal, and space on the bike, etc. .. This global consciousness of the body includes the postural model
body image is the imaginary representation of the entire body in our mind. It thus includes the body schema, which in turn complements the postural model, plus all the imagination, that is all that adds the emotional side, libidinal, narcissistic, psycho-social. The imagery introduces different in relation to body image distortion, for example in relation to their size, their shape, their own beauty or strength, to its desirability, and so on