Years back I came across this cartoon clip of Charlie Brown exploring how to use his body stance to feel his ‘best’depression.
It struck me as funny, true and poignant at the time as it spoke to what I had noticed in my own body and
recognized as a familiar pattern of holding that led to me feeling anxious and depressed.
Years later I came across the work of Thomas Hanna, who explored this relationship even further in his work
through a neurosensory
re-education process and named this the ‘posture of defeat’, mapping a particular configuration of
neuro-muscular holding which leads to feelings of fear and apprehension:
I felt Hanna had nailed my way of being in the world: somewhat cautious with a tendency to check things out for
fear that I would be overwhelmed.This was of course a typical ‘flight’ response to what I perceived as
stressors which kept me in a state of procrastination,ultimately postponing my engagement with life fully.
……….. And it became very dissatisfying and painful for me ………….. read more…