We act in accordance with our self image.
— Moshe Feldenkrais
Awareness Through Movement
Recently, Yulia Kriskovets, a member of the communication team of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America®, interviewed me about the Feldenkraisian perspective on self-image. I talked about how we perceive ourselves influences and the role that habit plays in our self-perception. I also addressed how Feldenkrais teachers perceive our students and the learning process, how self-image is central here as well.
At one point, I recounted a story my friend and colleague Anna Johnson Wolfe tells about a student in a program for actors. The student’s question, “What about the hinges?” illustrated Moshe’s idea of self-image in a most delightful way.
If you’re interested in how your perception influences your choices or if you’re curious about what the heck the acting student’s question means, I invite you to view the video below:
Another esteemed compatriot — we met back when we were studying Neurolinguistic Programming, and I was a budding Feldenkrais teacher — Al Wadleigh, recently wrote a delightful, insightful article tying self-image to Korzybski’s concept that “the map is not the territory.” Al develops an explicit systemic framework congruent with what I discuss in the video. Please click here to read his engaging and informative take on this significant subject.
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