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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2016 Jul;20(3):457-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.01.002. Epub 2016 Jan 18.

Angry posture.

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1
Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP, Department of Psychobiology, Rua Botucatu, 862, 1°. Andar, Vila Clementino, São Paulo, SP CEP: 04023062, Brazil. Electronic address: joerospt@gmail.com.
2
Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP, Department of Psychobiology, Rua Botucatu, 862, 1°. Andar, Vila Clementino, São Paulo, SP CEP: 04023062, Brazil.

Abstract

Postural abnormalities can affect the emotions and vice-versa. The aim of the present study was to investigate the existence of a relationship between subjective anger and body posture in 28 women, aged between 20 and 39 years, with a normal body mass index (or underweight) and an absence of neurological, psychiatric or musculoskeletal disorders. The postural parameters photographed were the inclination of the shoulders, protrusion of the head, hyperextension of the knees and shoulder elevation. The degree of anger was rated by analogue scales representing current and usual anger. The results indicated that a relationship exists between current anger and the inclination of the shoulders (p = 0.03), protrusion of the head (p = 0.05) and hyperextension of the knees (p = 0.05). Correlations were found between usual anger, shoulder elevation (p = 0.05) and hyperextension of the knees (p = 0.05). In conclusion, posture is associated with emotions, and usual anger can lead to shoulder protraction.

KEYWORDS:

Analogue scales; Anger; Emotion; Postural assessment; Posture

PMID:
27634065
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.01.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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