Friday, May 4, 2012

Psychology of Swing

This month, I want to apply some of my knowledge gained as a psychology Ph.D. student to the joys of swing dancing.  Let's use psychology to explore our dancing potential!

People come in all shapes and sizes.  The same can be said about people's personalities, and dancing is one of the time honored methods of expressing those personalities.  As we begin growing as dancers, it can be easy to lose a sense of individuality while learning all the moves and steps.  Infusing some of your unique personality into your dance can make all the difference in the world, and your partner will love you for it!

In order to pursue personalizing our dancing, Brew City Hops teachers Henry Boeh and Tory Bahe will be giving a shout-out this month to a psychology legend, Carl Jung.  His theories surrounding personalty types led to the development of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a questionnaire used to identify personality traits across 4 domains.  These include:
  • Extroversion/Introversion (how much we like interacting with the external world versus internal ideas)
  • Sensing/Intuition (how much we like concrete evidence versus acting on hunches)
  • Thinking/Feeling (whether we prefer to make decisions using logic versus emotion and empathy)
  • Judging/Perception (how much we interact with the world with thinking and feeling versus sensing and intuiting)

We will give you the chance to discover your own MBTI profile in class this month.  Then, we will share fun insight into what these personality characteristics may mean about you and your dancing!  You may be thinking, are we even going to dance this month?  Fear not!  We will be dancing just as much as ever in class.  All of this psychology mumbo jumbo will simply provide a fun and unique lens with which to look at your dancing.  By the end of the month, I hope we are all dancing with a bit more personality!

 -Henry-

3 comments:

  1. I, too, majored in psychology, but I never really even considered applying it to dancing. This was super interesting!

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