What Are You Afraid Of?

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The ordinary manner in which we carry ourselves physically, our automatic gestures, and the accustomed comforts of our bodily habits inadvertently reinforce fear's hold on our lives. What Are You Afraid Of? explores how our fears often arise from physical and mental triggers that have been learned over the course of our early lives-and can be un-learned. Fear, explains award-winning movement teacher Lavinia Plonka, is not the product of intractable psychological demons; instead, it often revolves around ...

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The ordinary manner in which we carry ourselves physically, our automatic gestures, and the accustomed comforts of our bodily habits inadvertently reinforce fear's hold on our lives. What Are You Afraid Of? explores how our fears often arise from physical and mental triggers that have been learned over the course of our early lives-and can be un-learned. Fear, explains award-winning movement teacher Lavinia Plonka, is not the product of intractable psychological demons; instead, it often revolves around repetitive body/mind cues. By teaching the body new habits through a series of exercises and postures, the cycle of fear can be broken.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781585423934
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/31/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    Convert your fear from tormentor to partner

    There are people who I think will not be disappointed if they take a chance and open the pages of Lavinia Plonka's 2005 book WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? A BODY/MIND GUIDE TO COURAGEOUS LIVING. --(1) People who have met Lavinia somewhere around Asheville, North Carolina where she lives and works, were impressed, and want to know what makes her tick; --(2) people in enormous pain who have been referred to her Asheville Movement Center as resource of last resort; --(3) people who have taken from someone subjectively empthy "value free" courses in tai chi, pilates, Feldenkrais movements or other forms of "somatic education" and yearn to know if Ms Plonka can teach them that something deeper is meant to happen to them than improve their balance or unkink their pelvises. ***

    I recommend that you skim through WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? once over lightly. That should let you know whether the book is worth your digging into it a second and a third time. Some beliefs of Lavinia Plonka are sure to surface during the first reading: her beliefs (1) that fear and its kinfolk are in many (not all) cases a major factor in physical discomfort and pain; (2) that our bodies mirror our emotions and values and that by learning to notice, attend to our bodies, gestures and postures we can reach a deeper inner psychic core; and (3) that the mere act of noticing an angry scowl or a clenched fist can, at least minutely, change a bad habit. We can of course, Lavinia warns, exchange one bad habit for another. In the end, at least so I conclude, it is not enough simply to read, even intently and doing the exercises, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?. We also need a father confessor, a personal coach or trainer, a mentor who knows about phenomenology and Feldenkrais, aikido and tai chi who assures that we do not injure ourselves. ***

    The book ranges widely but popularly over a host of related fields: psychology, physiology, physical therapy, human relationships, stress, phobias, counterphobias, habit formation. This is a good read. But once will not be enough. To do justice to WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? you will have to come back and do at leisure the many exercises aimed at tamping down fear and converting it from tormentor to partner. One exercise that stays with me is "The Bell Hand." "You can't do this kind of movement while running for your life: terror does not allow you to pulse your hand, however, pulsing your hand can keep terror at bay" (Ch. 6, "Phobias). --OOO--

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