Thinking with your feet 


In the last few years, I’ve noticed a pattern when I see photos of myself in front of an audience. I  am invariably tilting one foot forward as I talk, as in the attached photo from Andrew  Crane. Yet I have no awareness of doing it. Is this some strange adaptation to one leg being shorter than the other? A nervous tick? It’s getting to the point where I’m desperate to catch myself doing it, just so I can understand what ‘it’ is. But it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps I am thinking with my feet:

Not with my hand alone I write:

My foot wants to participate.

Firm and free and bold, my feet

Run across the field – and sheet.

– Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Prelude in Rhymes: 52

5 thoughts on “Thinking with your feet ”

  1. ‘Run across the … sheet’ reminded me of dogs running in their dreams. Also the stance of one foot forward is a typical one of asserting authority.

  2. Body language “experts” have claimed that you always point your feet toward whoever in the room you want to have intercourse with. But body language “experts” are just bullshit-artists. They claim every physical aspect of a person is the result of some hidden emotional defect. They always try to tell me my bad posture means I’m timid, underconfident & terrified of people. I actually just have a congenital spinal defect (thanks mom), but I don’t mind people misperceiving me as “timid” because that makes it so much easier for me to get the upper hand on them. They never see it coming.

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