The actor is an athlete of emotions, says Antonin Artaud, and though actors are an extreme case, nowadays, thanks to Alba Emoting, the capacity for regulating our emotions in a simple physical way, without mental intervention, is possible for everyone.
Alba Emoting: A Scientific Method for Emotional Induction offers us the means to reexamine six basic emotions that are universal: joy, sadness, anger, fear, erotic, and tenderness; to recognize them accurately, without confusions, and to express them genuinely, just as children do. Mastering the triad of "breath + posture + facial expression," one can step-out from a feeling of anger, attain neutrality, or even better, enter into a tender mood; one can transform sadness or paralyzing fear into mobilizing joy.
From such an encounter with the essential, we can observe and better understand the complex mixed emotions that we normally feel, realize the anxieties, the neuroses, the depressions, and also the wonderful sublime emotions such as that of spirituality.
"One can lie through the mouth; the accompanying gesture, however, tells the truth," says Nietzsche. Alba Emoting is a system that allows people to get into physical contact with their neurologically basic emotions, by using precise breathing patterns, postural attitudes, and facial expressions that go beyond words.
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About the Author
She is the author of more than 100 scientific publications in international journals within the general area of Brain and Behavior, and more specifically in subjects such as Visual Perception, Learning and Motivation, and the Psychophysiology of Human Emotions. After many years of research in this last area, she created her own method, Alba Emoting™ that allows anyone to learn, consciously induce, express, and modulate basic emotions using the body.
Born in Germany, Bloch graduated from the Universidad de Chile, in Santiago, and pursued graduate work at Harvard and Boston Universities in the USA. Bloch served for many years as professor of Neurophysiology in the Department of Psychology, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, both at the Universidad de Chile. Bloch also was visiting professor at Boston University and at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Alba Emoting™ continued to be developed during her tenure as Directeur de Recherches at the CNRS (French Research Council) and created her laboratory at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France where she worked for 23 years.
Currently, Susana Bloch is reestablished in Chile where she is writing, teaching, and developing further practical applications for Alba Emoting™ internationally.