By Ron Kurtz
Physique unearths: Illustrated consultant to the Psychology of the physique
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Extra resources for Body Reveals: Illustrated Guide to the Psychology of the Body
Between our belly mind and our head mind lies our chest or heart mind. This is the seat of our emotions. Our feelings of envy, jealousy, greed, vanity, and sloth—as well as love, generosity, inner peace, and emotional balance—are centered here. Often, the conflict which arises between the belly mind and the head mind is expressed by the emotions of the heart and chest. Our belly mind might feel sexually fulfilled once weekly, whereas our head mind pushes us to have more. Our chest mind, caught in between, experiences this as an unbalanced desire.
Inspection of his overall posture shows he is quite bowed, and surely must be trapping energy in his midback. The four basic shapes delineated above each have some psychological meaning associated with them. We’ll take them one at a time. The belly which is enlarged in its upper half is found mostly in men. Men with this shape are often employed in, or are used to, heavy physical labor. They are generally rugged and quite masculine in appearance. ) If the reader compares his shape with that of the child in Figure 26, the same enlargement above the belly button will be seen.
2 The bones themselves, particularly the spinal column and long bones. 3 The fascial sheaths of tissue that condense close to bones into bands known as ligaments. ) 4 The already mentioned intrinsic muscles (small muscles linking the bones with the spine). 5 The muscles which go from rib to rib (intercostals). 6 The diaphragm. 7 A big muscle (psoas) which goes from deep inside the body; in fact, from the spine outside onto the large bone (femur) of the thigh. The heart and great blood vessels are also part of our core being.