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July 22, 2012

My posture discovery

Posture is the most noticeable and the loudest aspect of body language and physical movements. Everybody of us adapts and drops different postures almost unconsciously. It’s happens throughout 24 hours of a day and throughout our life. Adapting posture is nothing but an adjustment we make with physical, emotional or social situations at any given moment.

We may not express emotions on face, speak, look, or make gestures but we always adapt different postures. It’s a core mechanism of human body. Culture, heredity, age, habits and working conditions and physical demands have their own impact on postures we adapt.
Many of us might be unconsciously or consciously copy posture of their own parents, grand parents or individuals they follow. Posture speaks to eyes so clearly that we even can judge a person’s profession just by looking at kind of posture it adapts while working.

Just take a close look at a vigilant police officer or security guard on duty. He or she must be standing upright, bluffed chest, widened shoulders, looking straight and both hands entangled at back or rested on hips. This alert body posture is enough intimidating to offenders.

A particular posture or manner of moving or positioning body into physical space creates (first) impression and establish an identity of an individual overtime. Watch politicians, leaders, film stars, celebrities, sportsmen, performers and media personalities.

Locked legs by hands
My very interest in different postures draw attention towards a posture that is not documented anywhere or interpreted I think. I call it as the “Locked legs” posture because detail and long term observation demands the same title for it.

While attending meetings, seminars, or queues; many persons sit in very uncomfortable posture. They put on leg on another, extend both hands forward and tightly clasping them on knee.

Sometimes, clasped leg is slightly lifted upward. Even lonely individual can be observed doing same. This posture really elevated my curiosity because stretched or tight muscles cannot be a relaxed state. I decided to observe people adapting same posture; including myself.

Even we stay at one place surround by environment or people; we unconsciously justify interest or level of comfort about what we are interacting with. If we feel something interesting and attention worthy, we become more relaxed and receptive towards same. If we feel boredom, disinterest, or discomfort; either we try to get away or keep our senses shut and remain distracted. 

Many times, we have to manage ourselves at same place without our will e. g. waiting in a long queue inside clinic, being watched by many, listening or watching in social setup and discussing something we want to conclude immediately.

Stretching both hands straight and clasping them on a knee is an unconscious effort to maintain ourselves at same place. We clasp our knees in attempt to sooth body's natural temptation of walking away to avoid boredom, disinterest, or discomfort.

Many people can be observed doing same along with swinging upper body (torso) or unclasped leg. Some people especially children or youngsters tap their legs continuously but it's irritating in social situations. Clasping knees by hands is a more mature and civilized way of appearing fairly present.

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