Overview of the body personality traits

Diagram of the muscles of the human body.

In our Self-Rewiring therapy we try to change, or “rewire” certain brain areas. In addition to this, we also target the “body personality” traits. Why, and what are they?

Your body matters too

How you feel and think doesn’t just exist in your brain – it is reflected in your body.

  • How you think and feel is reflected in the way you habitually move, stand, and walk.
  • On the other hand, how you move, stand, and walk can all influence how you think and feel.

Mark’s vicious circle

Man sobbing.

Mark usually feels dejected about himself and his life. Because of this, he slouches both when he sits and when he walks. Over time, certain muscles have shortened and tightened, while others have lengthened and weakened, so he is always slouching. His body is now trapped in a pattern. This can be bad physically, but what about emotionally?

How Mark walks and moves ‘reminds’ his brain that he should feel dejected, so he does. Yes, a vicious circle has formed. His body’s movement reminds his brain how to feel, and brain reminds his body how to move.

Do you think that you might have such a ‘vicious circle’ in your body?

The traits

All of us have such vicious circles, yes, even you. They may be small and subtle in some people, or very noticeable in others. Some massage therapists have noticed this phenomenon, documented it, and categorised it into three broad categories:

  • Charge
  • Grounding
  • Bounding

You can experience either too much or too little of these. For example, you can be “Over-Charged” (having too much “Charge”) or “Under-Charged” (having too little “Charge”). The definitions we use for these traits is taken from the book Psychology of the Body by Elliot Greene and Barbara Goodrich-Dunn.

If you do Self-Rewiring sessions on these subjects, you may see a deep, meaningful change in your mind and body at the same time – yes, it may change both how you feel and how you physically move!

Charge

The book, Psychology of the Body says “A person who is well-charged can respond to situations with the appropriate amount of energy, spending neither all they have nor unable to generate enough to function properly.” Charge can appear in different parts of the body. Your head may be over-charged, but your legs may be under-charged, and so on.

Under-charged Over-charged
Slow Full of energy
Passive, indifferent Single-minded
Being dragged along Have a sense of urgency
Look depressed, dead Fidgeting
Thinking of nothing Over-thinking
Cool to the touch Hot to the touch

If the charge level is normal, it will feel either relaxed or energised, but neither to an extreme.

Grounding

Grounding “represents an individual’s relationship between reality and fantasy and being in the present versus being in the past or future”.

Under-grounded Over-grounded
Cannot focus on the here-and-now Overly focused on the here-and-now
Escaping to the imagination Cannot imagine anything other than the present
Spaced out Thinking concretely and literally
Living in fantasy Cannot “switch off”
Cannot cope with the harsh outer world Cannot escape the harsh outer world

Bounding

Bounding “is all about identity”. People with no bounding issues “have healthy senses of who they are and therefore who they are not”. A healthy bounding is felt as an ability to safely allow healthy connections with others, but without others feelings merging with your own.

Under-bounded Over-bounded
Identifies with others but not with self Cannot identify with others
Too empathetic No empathy
Their own feelings spill out No feelings leave, or enter
“Thin-skinned” “Thick-skinned”
Body feels hollow Body feels solid as stone
Too sensitive Very insensitive

Different traits at different times

Clock face.

Different “body personality” traits show themselves at different times and in different situations.

For example, when working in an office, you may feel perfectly “grounded” to reality, and be quite capable at your job. Yet when you are in a social setting you might not feel able to cope, and may become “under-grounded”.

Alternatively, while dealing with friends or strangers, you may feel well “bounded”. Yet when visiting family members, they may have an ability to get right under your skin and suddenly you’re “under-bounded” and easily upset by them!

Use these subjects

When you start a session, you’ll see these “Body personality” traits listed as suggested subjects. Please finger-test for them to see if your body wants one.

You may be surprised just how much they can help you.