Intro. In her book, "Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence", psychologist Thalma Lobel talks about how external triggers activate our senses and in this way influence our behaviour and our decisions. The book cites relevant experiments and research done in this field. Oh, yes, indeed – people actually research this kind of stuff. This means we are not alone in our search and we even have scientific data we can refer to.
We spend most of our lives wearing clothes. It's a fact! Our clothes become our silent, passive companions as they follow us around every moment, in contact with our skin. But are they as silent and passive as they seem?
On the one hand, when our clothes touch our skin, this stimulates our tactile receptors. As they are a certain shape and carry a certain weight, they affect our posture, our breathing, the freedom, speed and manner in which we move. As a result, it can affect our short-term states: the depth of our breath, the character and variations of our movement, and even the way we walk – imagine wearing a mini-skirt or heavy boots. They can also have a long-term effect on our embodiment.
On the other hand, the way we feel in our bodies, the patterns we follow and the "identities" which we take on (consciously or unconsciously so), may influence our choice of clothing.
There are several areas worth focusing on:
- Awareness of the image I am conveying here and now.
What am I conveying now? How am I doing it? Why did I pull these particular clothes out of my closet today? Awareness and reflection.
This way our clothes become a message that we send into the world that reflects not only our personal story, but our current state and attitude. Who am I? How do I want to be perceived? How do I want to influence others? What am I afraid of? What matters to me? What do I love? What do I need?
- The social strengths and weaknesses of my embodiment.
Do people really judge by appearances?
When we meet someone for the first time do we look at their clothes and their appearance or their embodiment?
Do we pay more attention to their personality rather than their clothes? ("She could wear a potato sack and still look like a goddess!")
Could a person's clothes, perhaps, complement their embodiment? Could their clothing and embodied patterns combine to create a wholesome image or style? (that's what the picture is about)
Embodiment may be cultural, professional, or possess any other social attributes. You would probably recognize a military officer even if he was wearing plain clothes. Many of us wish we knew the secret to "dressing like an Italian". And when you're on holiday you can easily recognize your compatriots without even seeing their socks and sandals!