The Psychology of Rhythm

Psychology

n.pl., -gies.

  1. The science that deals with mental processes and behavior.
  2. The emotional and behavioral characteristics of an individual, group, or activity: the psychology of war.

Rhythm

n. (rm)

1. Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions: the rhythm of the tides.

7. Procedure or routine characterized by regularly recurring elements, activities, or factors: the rhythm of civilization; the rhythm of the lengthy negotiations.

Rhythm is necessary for life.  The cycle and flow of rest, thought, work, and play all enhances performance and productivity.  I would like to think that it helps to relieve stress, pain and worry when you have a rhythm of rest, relaxation, and evaluation.  Honestly, it’s natural to need rhythm.  If you go a few nights without sleep, your body will let you know.  All of the human developmental processes has a rhythm to it.  Your heart beats.  Your breathing has rhythm – depending on your activity.

The tie in for identity is that there is a cycle or rhythm for identity formation.  It is the balance of the self-constructed identities being projected out into the public space and then the social-shaping that acts upon those identities which in turn leads to a reconstructed identity.  There is a rhythm to the formation.  Awareness of the cycle and more specifically, where you are in that cycle will help to alleviate the stress that it brings.

If you’re stressed or in a funk, know that there’s rhythm to the process.  Enter in.  Don’t fight it.

Check out a few of my other psychology posts: The Psychology of Cute; The Psychology of the Coolest; The Psychology of Ugly.

I wonder what a real psychologist would say about this?

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