What is psychology applied to dance?

The conception of psychology as a means of helping patients suffering from mental disorders has long been obsolete; Today, psychologists work in all areas of human experience, and many of them are outside the field of mental health (although indirectly related to it).

That is why, in addition to psychotherapy, psychologists offer another type of service for people who, although they do not have to go through bad times, need support to promote their projects and achieve their most important personal and/or professional goals. An example of this is how psychology applied to dance works, an interesting focus area that helps professional dancers (or people who aspire to be). Let’s see how it works.

The main benefits of dance psychology

These are small examples of why learning to manage psychological skills will help these professionals optimize their performance, satisfaction and well-being.

1. Improves self-motivation skills

Knowing how to motivate yourself is essential to maintaining a good training routine and do not give up at the first signs that progress is not as expected. This includes processes based on introspection, and others that have to do with changing our environment to motivate us through it.

2. Improves ability to learn from mistakes

Developing professionally in dance is impossible if you are not willing to maintain a humble attitude; you have to know how to accept that mistakes exist and learn from them. that’s why of psychology, it helps to have a complete vision of what is doneboth good and bad, and adapting to this self-criticism without exhausting ourselves emotionally.

3. Teach how to use activation techniques

Knowing how to modulate nerve activation is the key to dancing; there are moments of calm and slow movement, other moments of frenzy and apparent chaos, and so on. Therefore, in psychology, people are trained in the use of relaxation and activation techniques related to breath control, muscle exercises, etc.

4. Strengthens the ability to handle stress

People who want to dedicate themselves professionally to dance they often face exams or auditions, but this does not mean that in all cases they are “accustomed” to it and able to cope well. Often they don’t know how to handle this challenge, how to deal with a situation in which they are putting part of their future on the line.

In fact, it sometimes has a paradoxical effect: the further these people progress in their careers, the more dizzy it makes them to fail an exam, as they look back and focus on all they had to sacrifice to get there. arrive ; therefore, it appears that over time they are more vulnerable to poor stress management.

4. Provide a care management training program

Knowing how to focus on the key parts of the body is necessary to execute the choreographies well, but it can be too difficult. if a predisposition to be distracted is demonstrated. This is why psychologists help us to manage concentration.

5. Improves identification and neutralization of maladaptive thoughts

Knowing how to identify the thoughts that lead to self-sabotage is essential in order not to become discouraged or, worse, to attribute our successes to external factors (while bad results are attributed to oneself). It is important to quickly identify these problematic ideas and beliefs so that they don’t slow us down or even drive us to try to improve.

6. Helps develop skills in expressing emotions

Dancers are exhibited in concerts and works where the ability to express emotions and feelings through their movements is essential. And what they worked on during rehearsals is not just a technical matter: there is also an artistic element involved, a desire to convey something that goes beyond the literal.

And that is why they must be able to develop Emotional Intelligence skills related to the expression of emotions on stage; it is important to understand the nuances of each feeling, to know how to differentiate them from each other, to encourage them in oneself at the key moment but without exceeding or losing control, etc.

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