Our bodies and minds are the most valuable thing us humans have to offer the world. They are uniquely complex and intricate. For years humans from far and wide, young and old have seen the body and the mind as a majestic stature that offers us both answer and mysteries to the lives we live. Bodylore not only explores and maps out our physical appearance but the deep meanings of what causes us to do certain things and look certain ways. In other words, how our expression through our body connects to our minds. While Psychology asks the question of why, so does Bodylore. Why are we sad? Why do we wear dark clothes when people pass? Both connect in an intimate manner of why us do humans do what we do.
Sitting in numerous Psychology classes it seems no matter how different the topics are. How deep the theories seem to be. There is an unspoken goal to answer the question of why this is done or how it is done. Or why did this person do this or act this way. The goal of Bodylore is similar, “inquiring the body’s role in communication and social meaning,” as explained by Dr. Milligan. What is the goal of this dress worn by this lady, what is she trying to tell us without words. Both topics indulge in a desire to ask questions regarding our actions and thoughts. The way we act and the way we dress or express ourselves on our bodies are connected in their goals and meanings. We want to be perceived in a certain way. That’s why we do the things we do, say the things we say, and try to appear the way we want to look. Bodylore offers a new realm of a deeper understating of humans. A new path that if walked upon will bring you closer to your answers. For those in the realm of Psychology trying to understand the mind bodylore is not to be overlooked.
The methods of bodylore can take a task as simple as picking a pair shoes in to another dimension of the human mind and its goals. Everything we do with our bodies is a sign or signal, either to us or the world around us. The decision we make with our bodies and the things we decided not to do with our body gives our onlookers a well-prepared presentation into our desires and intentions. People spend years in school studying the body and brain. We know these things are important element of sustaining life that we must not overlook. If we spend so much time trying to understand the mind and the body, why not try to understand both in a combined manner. Bodylore is a direct outlook to our thoughts and the actions and how they play out on our bodies. We express ourselves through our bodies everyday with every task we do. Even when we don’t think we do, our decision on our appearance still translates for our minds. Throughout history clothes, makeup, and other appearance type elements have played a significant and irreplaceable role in telling the stories of thousands on societies and cultures of millions of people. It is all in the smallest details of a person that we find the biggest break in understanding them. Although to many a simple part of life it has a very complex and rich essence of education that it contains.
Some in the field of Psychology may not see or be aware on the complex value that the studies of Bodylore has to offer. Some may see the studies or clothes, makeup and other accessories to our body superficial or shallow in information. But two topics of study are not only interchangeable but guide each other to new knowledge.
To understand the complexity of bodylore, it is important to understand the vast list of things we do that may seem microscopic. But are extremely valuable in understanding the most complex part of the human bodies. Look head to toe at person and you will see a wide variety of small details that paint the picture of who we are: What color is the person’s hair. Is that their natural color or did they dye it? Did they cut their hair? Is their hair covered? Why did they cover their hair? Is that their natural texture? Did they straighten or curl their hair? Do you have makeup on? Did they shave? Did they tweeze? Did they wax or shave? Get injections? Did they microblade their eyebrows. Is their makeup natural or bold? Do they have lash extensions? Have they ever bleached or lightened their skin? Do they have braces? Did they whiten their teeth? What These questions do not make it past the neck of the human body, and yet explore the intricate and various things we do to express ourselves through our body. No matter how different or incomparable people may seem, bodylore is a behavior that all people par take in. We cannot forget to study the most basic things in life to understand the most complex.
Haley Saks is a freshman at ODU with an intended major in Psychology and a minor in Women Studies. Her goal for her career is to receive her M.D and become a licensed Psychiatrist. Along with studying Psychology, Haley also see Women’s Studies as an extremely important piece of her education. In understanding the mind and in becoming more socially aware. She is also a member of the Theta Eta chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma on campus and serves as the PHC delegate on the executive board. She is excited for her time at ODU and what is to come after it.