In Part I of this series on Spatial Perception and Self-Ownership, we introduced the concept of reference frames and described how those who don't know where they are in space may struggle with knowing who they are. So if our body is the reference frame for how we see the world and interpret reality, as I posited in Part I, how might altered perceptions change the way we feel and move? On to Part Deux!
Altered Reference Frames
As we discussed in the previous article, there appear to be two primary reference frames thru which we perceive the world: the egocentric (self-based) and allocentric (object-based). While the jury is still out on how exactly these interact in healthy individuals, the literature does seem to show that those who are unable to switch between the two reference frames are gonna have some issues, man - anorexia, narcissism, and developmental delay.
Essentially, the reference frames are locked and there is a loss in the ability to switch between them. A loss of adaptability.
This has really only been studied in primarily psychological issues and neurological injury (that I could find), but if there really is no discontinuity between the psychic and the somatic, then it stands to reason that those who are stuck in a reference frame are unable to perceive the world as it really is. And that affects our ability to know and trust ourselves within our environment and ultimately how we move.
The self emerges as a phenomenon of the experienced, sensed, and understood
Sensory Integration and Body Image
Below is a preliminary flow chart, of sorts, in an attempt to lay out how an alteration of sensory integration influences how we perceive ourselves.
A few thoughts:
So, in reference to the blocked quote at the top of the article, the way you sense and feel influences your view of your self. And how we move is a product of how we see ourselves within our environment. Feeling is understanding.
How do we improve this to ultimately move and feel better? That's Part III!
P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my webinar with Kate Galliett of Fit For Real Life where we discuss pain, perception, healing, and movement.
Many references are linked above but also check out these two papers I referenced last week: